Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces His Return to Germany for World Equestrian Games

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 01, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Trip also includes economic development business

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that he will leave this afternoon for Germany, where he will participate in the closing ceremonies of the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. While there, the Governor will also meet with European companies doing business in Kentucky and with FEI officials to discuss the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held in Kentucky.

“The First Lady and I look forward to representing Kentucky at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games and to showcasing Kentucky to those who will attend the games in 2010,” said Governor Fletcher. “As I travel back to Europe, though, I will keep those in Kentucky still coping with last Sunday’s tragedy in my thoughts and prayers.”

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 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.