Ky. bids to host 2018 World Equestrian Games

Ky. bids to host 2018 World Equestrian Games

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Denmark's Nathalie zu Zayn-Wittgenstein waves after competing in the Dressage preliminaries of the 2012 London Olympics at the Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, London, on August 3, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

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by BRUCE SCHREINER

Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky has jumped into the competition to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games, hoping for a repeat performance from three years ago when the equestrian version of the Olympics came to Lexington.
 
   State officials say the 2010 games at the Kentucky Horse Park generated more than $200 million in economic activity for the state that proclaims itself the world's horse capital.
 
   Lexington, in the heart of horse country, became the first non-European city to host the equestrian games.
 
   Kentucky submitted its bid for the 2018 games by Friday's deadline, joining bids from Wellington, Fla., and the Bromont/Montreal area in Canada.
 
   Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, says the city has made no financial commitment. She says if Kentucky is awarded the 2018 games, the city will work with organizers to support them.

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