Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher to Participate in Closing Ceremonies of the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games
Economic development trip also includes meeting with companies doing business in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor and Mrs. Ernie Fletcher will depart this week on an economic development trip to Europe, where they will participate in the closing ceremonies of the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, and meet with European companies doing business in Kentucky. The Governor will also meet with FEI officials to discuss the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
“It is an honor to represent Kentucky and the United States at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games,” said Governor Fletcher. “We will be there at the closing ceremonies as the mantle is passed from Germany to the U.S. That will mark the symbolic start of preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.”
Governor and Mrs. Fletcher will begin their business activities on August 31. The Governor will work with Paul Pilkauskas, the director of Kentucky’s European Office located in Brussels, Belgium. Kentucky has 155 European companies doing business in Kentucky.
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and are held every four years. The games have never before been held outside of Europe nor have they ever all been held together at a single site; both firsts that the Kentucky Horse Park will achieve. The 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games are being held in Aachen, Germany and run from August 20 to September 3. Approximately 800 athletes and 875 horses are expected to compete there.
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky is expected to sell more than 500,000 tickets and have an economic impact of more than $150 million.
“Governor Fletcher has been a big supporter of these games from the beginning,” said World Games 2010 Foundation CEO Jack Kelly. “He will be highlighted in a video presentation to be shown at the closing ceremonies and on the field for the event. His being there shows his personal commitment to the event as well as that of the state, and the entire country for that matter.”
A team of twenty-three state employees will also be making the trip to Aachen, Germany. Their travel will be staggered so as to maximize efficiency and minimize expense. Eighteen employees of the Kentucky Horse Park will be making the trip as well as five state employees who serve as members of the World Games 2010 Foundation, the organizing committee for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The Foundation will pay the expenses for the five state employee members making the trip.
“We are pleased that Governor Fletcher will not only attend the games, but will also be a major participant in the closing ceremonies,” said the Secretary General of the FEI Michael Stone. “It is a long standing tradition at major sporting events of this type that the top public official from the next host site attend the event to not only link the events together, but to also reaffirm the ongoing public support that has been so helpful.”