Equestrian Sport Productions of Wellington to Bid on the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Posted by bossmare

Equestrian Sport Productions will be holding a Press Conference announcing their bid for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Saturday March 13, 2010 at "The Trough” international sports bar at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo and President Michael Stone will be joined by members of the local Tourist Development Board and Sports Commission, Business Development Board, local Chambers of Commerce, Palm Beach County Economic Council, and local legislators. The FEI World Equestrian Games brings together the seven international equestrian disciplines and is on par to the Olympic Games for top competition. Please pass this email along to any other media members that you think may be interested in hearing about this exciting news.
Location, Date & Time:
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
14440 Pierson Road
Wellington, FL 33401
"The Trough” international sports bar- by the main announcer's tower and the Rost Arena stairs
Link to show grounds map: http://www.equestriansport.com/~equestr4/images/Venue-North-ground.jpg
*The Trough is located on the wooden deck below the Rost Arena on the map*
Drinks will be available at The Trough, and food and drink will be available at the press room in the International Club during the grand prix following the press conference.

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Press Conference: 6:00 p.m.
FEI World Cup Grand Prix: 7:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to Jennifer Wood at jennifer@jenniferwoodmedia.com, or please email me if you plan to cover the bid announcement in your publication and/or web site.
Live, Free Webcast Information:
For those who cannot attend the press conference in person, it will be available worldwide on the live, free webcast. The webcast will go live at 5:30 p.m. and the press conference will be shown at 6 p.m., followed by the $200,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix, presented by CN, at 7 p.m. If you cannot tune in for the live, free webcast, then a press release detailing the press conference will be release soon after, and photos will be available as well.

If you would like to watch the 2018 WEG Bid Press Conference, please visit www.equestriansport.com and click on the button for the live webcast or copy and paste this web address into your web browser: http://mfile.akamai.com/31938/live/reflector:52846.asx?bkup=52860.

Once the link is activated, the webstream will pop up and use Windows Media Player. If you do not have Windows Media Player, you will need to download and install it. It can be found by clicking HERE or at this link:

FEI World Equestrian Games Information:
Equestrian Sport Productions, headquartered in Wellington, Florida will be seeking the bid to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.

The World Equestrian Games (WEG) is an event held every four years in which all eight Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) disciplines compete. It’s an event that was created in 1990 wherein all disciplines are able to compete for World Championships in one place and one time. Prior to WEG, the World Championship for each discipline was then accorded the privilege of hosting the next World Championship in that discipline four years later.

The FEI is the international governing body of equestrian sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee. It is the organization that establishes rules and regulations for the conduct of international equestrian events. The disciplines that compete in WEG are those eight equestrian sports that compete for FEI world championships: driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, dressage, reining, vaulting and para dressage. The Games are scheduled two years prior to the summer Olympic Games. Today the FEI has over 130 member countries.

The first World Equestrian Games were held in 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden and have been held every four years since in the locations below. Note that this year’s WEG will be the first in the United States.
  • 2010 Lexington, Kentucky (September/October)2006 Aachen, Germany
  • 2002 Jerez, Spain
  • 1998 Rome, Italy
  • 1994 The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1990 Stockholm, Sweden
The competition for the WEG is fierce and is comparable to that of the Olympics. There are many criteria considered for the WEG, but first and foremost are the quality of equestrian venues and ancillary facilities such as quarantine capability and vendor space. Other criteria include the capacity and diversity of lodging accommodations, and air and land transportation, among others.

The high level of competition for the WEG is explained by the information below from the most recent WEG held in Aachen, Germany in 2006:
Duration of event: 16 days
  • Spectators: 576,000
  • Journalists: 1,200
  • Volunteers: 1,735
  • Officials: 116
  • Accreditations: 12,572
  • Horses: 884
  • Competitors: 767
  • Countries represented: 59
  • Economic Impact: $230,000,000 (eur), $311,075,000(U.S.)
  • Estimated Press Coverage Value: $13,000,000 (eur), $175,825,000 (U.S.)
The world class equestrian and support facilities in Wellington, and the prestige that Wellington holds in the equestrian world, provide an excellent framework from which to begin a pursuit of the bid for the 2018 FEI WEG. And as the data and information above show, there will be beneficial regional impacts on tourism and the economy, so that a multi-county effort should be established.
Fédération Equestre Internationale: www.fei.org.
United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the national governing body for equestrian sport in the USA: www.usef.org.
2010 World Equestrian Games (Lexington, KY): www.alltechfeigames.com
Equestrian Sport Productions: www.equestriansport.com

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