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No official WEG license plate

There will be no official Kentucky license plate for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, organizers said Thursday.

Instead there will be an unofficial license plate that can be bought by anyone worldwide that should make more money for the World Games 2010 Foundation.

"We decided it was better to do something that everyone could participate in, not just residents of Kentucky," said Games spokeswoman Amy Walker.

Walker also said that while organizers had received "several hundred" applications toward the 900 required before the state would issue an official license plate, it was clear that 900 would not be received before the foundation's deadline of Sept. 30.

Missing the deadline would mean the plates probably would not be available in January when many Kentucky residents re-license their motor vehicles, she said.

Those who applied for the official plates are being notified by letter that the plates will not be issued and that their checks for the $28 application fee have been destroyed, Walker said. The applicant can add the money to the balance in their check book.

The new unofficial license plates can be purchased beginning next week through the Games' merchandise store at www.feigames2010.org.

The store also will have a new line of T-shirts and other items that are part of the foundation's "Half Way There" celebration.

September is considered the mid-point because the foundation began organizing the Games two years ago and they will begin in two years on Sept. 25, 2010.

A similar celebration, called "Three Years To Go," was held in 2007.

The Games will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park for 16 days and world champions will be selected in eight areas of competition. At least 600,000 tickets are expected to be sold.

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