Sixty countries have signed up to compete in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and about 800 athletes might be coming to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Sept. 25-Oct. 10.
"The world is really going to come to Kentucky," said Kate Jackson, competition manager for the Games.
The entries are from countries with well-established equestrian traditions, such as Great Britain, France and Germany, which will probably send athletes in all eight disciplines. Others, such as Syria, Namibia and Lithuania, have newer equestrian teams and may only compete in one or two disciplines.
Officials did not know which countries would compete in which events. However, they said they were pleased to see more representation from Central and South American countries because Kentucky is closer than Europe, where the Games are usually held.
Because qualifying events will continue this summer for many teams, the final list of competitors won't be ready until August.
For more information, go to www.alltechfeigames.com.