More than half a million people from all 50 states and nearly 60 countries attended the historic Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky, USA. The Alltech FEI Games closed Sunday following 16 days that saw 58 countries go head-to-head for world championship titles in eight equestrian disciplines.
The largest sporting event to come to the United States since the 2002 Winter Olympics, the final attendance number for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games was 507,022. One particular peak day, eventing cross-country on Oct. 2, brought an unprecedented 50,818 spectators to the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. Preliminary estimates also indicate that, globally, more than 400 million followed the action on television.
“Without question, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games have been an incredible success,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech. “It was a privilege for Alltech to serve as the first-ever title sponsor of the World Equestrian Games, and we could not be more pleased with what was achieved by our collective team who dared to dream of what this event could become through hard work and creativity.”
Through Alltech’s efforts, 62,707 school children in Kentucky also had the opportunity to experience the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and tour Alltech Experience Pavilion to learn more about sustainability, the future of farming, agriculture, aquaculture, and more. “Give Kids a Chance” was made possible through the generous donations of Alltech’s partners in the feed industry. For a full list of participating companies, please visit http://www.alltech.com/games/Pages/give-kids-a-chance.aspx.
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Princess Haya, president of the FEI, reflects on the success of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech, reflects on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Photo Caption: Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech, gave school children at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games a look at the future of farming via a scaled floor model in the Alltech Experience Pavilion. Credit: Alltech