Slovakia Only Candidate
The Kentucky Horse Park Commission voted Friday to withdraw from consideration to host the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG).
The park’s commission expressed concern regarding the staging of the games. Most notably the commission is worried about the potential conflict hosting WEG would create with the Kentucky Horse Park’s goals, specifically, revenue opportunities.
“We do not think it would be economically feasible for the park to host…,” Tandy Patrick, chair of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission said in a press release.
A recent survey of the park’s assets found $12 million in deferred maintenance expenses, according to Don Parkinson, secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. Park staff recognizes the need for immediate and near-term investments in the facilities, Parkinson added.
Samorin, Slovakia is the only remaining candidate heading into the bidding process for 2022 WEG.