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WEG organizers release competition schedule

The competition schedule for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games was released Monday by the World Games 2010 Foundation.

Competition director Kate Jackson said the schedule would provide "an exciting variety of top sport on each of the 16 days of the Games.

"I am particularly happy that we are able, for the first time, to include para-equestrian as an integral part of the World Equestrian Games," Jackson said.

The Games will begin with opening ceremonies on Sept. 25, 2010. Competition will take place in eight equestrian disciplines, and a world champion will be selected in each. Organizers say the Games will attract more than 800 athletes who will have at least 900 horses

The first weekend will include vaulting and endurance. Vaulting will continue into week one, along with dressage and eventing.

In week two, competition will take place in jumping, para-dressage, driving and reining.

The Games will end with closing ceremonies on Oct. 10, 2010.

Rob Hinkle, the foundation's chief operating officer, said the competition schedule has been eagerly awaited by equestrians planning trips to the Kentucky Horse Park, where the Games will be held.

Hinkle said the schedule also is important to the communities, businesses, volunteers and other groups who will play a role in the Games.

The schedule might undergo minor changes, he added, but no major shifts to the individual discipline schedules are expected.

The 2010 Games are the first to be held outside of Europe, where the eight equestrian disciplines have large groups of fans.

The Games will be televised worldwide, with NBC Sports providing coverage in the United States.

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