The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games begin Saturday

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This Saturday brings opening ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Serving as the Olympics of the equestrian world, this event has been held every four years since its start 20 years ago in Stockholm, Sweden. Having made stops in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Germany since then, the Games come to the US in 2010 for the first time.

NBC will offer a look at the non-racing side of the equine world

The World Equestrian Games cover a huge variety of different subcultures within the equine world with eight disciplines having their own competitions at the 2010 Games. Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, Reining, and Para Dressage are featured at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, with Para Dressage making its WEG debut at the Kentucky Horse Park.

When the World Equestrian Games began in 1990 in Sweden, there were just six disciplines offered. Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, and Vaulting were the first six types of competition that first year and when Hague, Netherlands hosted the 1994 games, the lineup was the same.

The 1998 World Equestrian Games were planned to be held in Dublin, Ireland but when the venue in Ireland backed out just over a year before the games were set to take place, the games were quickly moved to Rome. The Italian planners had just over a year to put together the massive event and they were able to facilitate Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, and Vaulting in Rome and due to the need for more space the Endurance portion of the 1998 Games were held in Dubai.

The 2002 Games were held in Jerez, Spain and included the original six disciplines plus, for the first time, Reining was included. The schedule of Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, and Reining was continued 2006 when the Games traveled to Aachen, Germany.

The 2010 Games leave Europe for the first time in 2010 and the newest event – Para Dressage, will be introduced at the Kentucky Horse Park. NBC will be offering exclusive coverage of the 2010 World Equestrian Games with programs airing each Sunday during the Games. Even though the games take 16 days to complete, just 6.5 hours of coverage will be offered but this is more than has been offered in the US in prior years. Also, you can catch live action on the FEI website by clicking here.

NBC Television coverage scheduled for the 2010 World Equestrian Games (all times Eastern Standard Time)
• Sunday, September 26 at 12pm
• Sunday, October 2 at 1pm
• Sunday, October 10 at 4pm

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