Kentucky Horse Park Opens New Indoor Arena

The Kentucky Horse Park, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, today opened a major venue that organizers hope will secure the park's standing as a leading equestrian facility.

The $45 million arena includes 5,700 stadium seats. The arena floor, equal in size to a football field, features footing designed specifically for equestrian use. Additionally, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is in the process of constructing a three-barn stabling complex adjacent to the arena.

Executive Director John Nicholson described the new arena as an "elegant expression of what we stand for here at the Horse Park."

While the 2010 Games, the world championships of the eight disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, might have provided the impetus for the project, presenters including Nicholson and Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry emphasized the lasting impact the facility will have on the park and community.

Arena outside view Arena indoor

New indoor arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The arena is already booked for around 30 events, up to 2014. Disciplines that will use it include carriage, vaulting, intercollegiate, Arabian sporthorse, and more. The first event to take place will be next week's WEG Reining Test Event, July 20-23.

With 436 days left to go until WEG, signs of construction under way are visible throughout the park and area.

"We have a lot more to do, and we're going to get it done," said Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear, guest speaker at the opening.

"I'm looking forward to the next 436 days, but really looking forward to the years to come," Newberry stated.

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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