WEG Kentucky Draws 60 Nations, Up to 800 Athletes

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, May 7–Sixty nations have submitted entries in principle for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky Sept. 25-Oct. 10, and the organizers said Friday that as many as 800 athletes could compete in seven disciplines and para equestrian.

The entries–they are likely to vary over the next five months–are about the same as the actual number of participants in the last WEG held in Aachen, Germany in 2006. Then, 61 nations fielded 852 horses and 773 competitors.

The Kentucky event, the first time that the once every four years WEG has been staged outside western Europe since the first Games in 1990, will be the world championships of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining and vaulting. This will also be the first WEG in which para equestrian has been an integral part of the competition and not separate.

Final entries and individual athletes will be named in August.

The nations that have submitted entries in principle are:

Argentina                                France                                     Norway
Australia                                 Germany                                 Paraguay
Austria                                    Great Britain                           Poland
Belgium                                  Greece                                     Portugal
Bermuda                                 Guatemala                              Qatar
Brazil                                       Hungary                                  Russia
Bahrain                                   India                                        Saudi Arabia
Bulgaria                                  Ireland                                     Singapore
Canada                                    Israel                                       Slovakia
Chile                                        Italy                                         South Africa
China                                       Japan                                       Spain
Columbia                                 Jordan                                     Sweden
Costa Rica                               Lebanon                                  Switzerland
Czech Republic                        Lithuania                                 Syria
Denmark                                  Luxembourg                            Turkey
Dominican Republic                Malaysia                                 Ukraine
Ecuador                                   Mexico                                     United Arab Emirates
Egypt                                       Namibia                                   Uruguay
El Salvador                              Netherlands                             United States
Finland                                    New Zealand                           Venezuela

“With 60 countries expressing an interest in attendance at the Games, the World Games 2010 Foundation anticipates as many as 800 athletes could compete,” the foundation said in a statement.