Summer Horse Park event will be warmup for WEG

The Kentucky Horse Park will get a multi-discipline test this summer in advance of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation has received preliminary approval to hold the 2009 North American Junior/Young Rider Championships in Lexington the week of July 22-29.

USEF spokeswoman Joanie Morris said the planners expect about 200 riders and horses to compete in dressage, eventing, show jumping, and reining championships.

Two other world games sports — vaulting and endurance riding — also will be represented. Vaulting will have an exhibition at the championships, and endurance riding will hold an international-level competition in Louisville with riders participating in Horse Park ceremonies.

The championships, which were founded in 1979 with dressage, show jumping and eventing, have never been held in Lexington. The event's location is subject to final approval from FEI, which is expected in the coming weeks.

New WEG competition facilities, including an indoor arena and an outdoor stadium, at the Horse Park are scheduled to be completed in March.