Euro Update: With 570,000 visitors, 2006 World Equestrian Games in Germany Most Successful WEG Ever!

We are very happy," stated Klaus Pavel, President of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV). "We experienced exciting, thrilling and fair sport here at the FEI World Equestrian Games." On the final day of the event, the organisers were also pleased with the overall outcome: They were able to announce 576,000 visitors from all over the world, viewing quotas on German TV of up to 15 percent, coverage in 157 countries worldwide and the much sought-after financial "break even".

In spite of the poor weather during the two weeks of the World Championships, Michael Mronz, member and spokesman of the Organising Committee was able to announce the targeted "break even" in the financing of the WEG. "As a result of the heavy rainfall and the thousands of spectators, we had to make further investments of course, for instance for the footing, but also for transport and the traffic situation. But since 80,000 more spectators than anticipated visited the Soers, we were able to balance out these increased costs," said Mronz. For him one thing is clear: "These World Championships will give the entire equestrian sport an immense impulse."

In the closing speech, FEI President HRH Haya of Jordan stated the following:

"When we come together again in Kentucky in 2010, horsesport will be embracing more nations and we will welcome, for the first time, the athletes of Para - equestrian. And we will be stronger as a result.

Through the success of these Games, we have moved into a new era where we can look upwards and outwards to a new horizon, a new inclusive period in the history of The Horse. Through our efforts we must always strive to pursue the Olympic ethic of higher, wider and stronger. However, we must always remember the words of the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Pierre de Coubertin: “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

The World Championships in figures

Overall budget in Euros 39.3 million
Spectators: 570,000
Nations: 61
Horses: 852

Total competitors: 773
Show-jumping: 116
Dressage: 89
Eventing: 79
Vaulting individual 80 (plus 80 lungers)
Group members: 120 (incl. lungers)
Driving: 49
Reining: 81
Endurance: 159

Total medals: 48
Gold medals. 16

Employees: 1,700 (volunteers and permanent staff, incl. course staff, etc.)
Judges: 130
Stewards: 76
Vets: 100
Grooms: 965 (incl. endurance crews)

Media: Journalists: 1,200
Photographers: 300
TV crews: ARD and ZDF: 380
Foreign TV stations: 120
TV coverage in hours Total (national): 70
Broadcast in how many countries: 157

Horsesdaily "On the Scene" at the 2006 World Equestrian Games