Lexington, Ky., April 8, 2009 -- Equestrian vaulters from around the world will descend upon Kentucky in July in preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, performing dance and gymnastics on cantering horses in two events.
Athletes and horses from around the world will compete at the Kentucky Horse Park in two of the most important vaulting competitions of the year: the American Vaulting Association/U.S. Equestrian Federation National Championships and the Kentucky Vaulting Cup.
For the first time in the sport's 40-year American history, the AVA will be bringing its national championships to the Midwest. The championship will be the first competition in the new 6,000-seat indoor arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The AVA expects 300 competitors to compete in this championship from July 9-12.
From July 30-August 2, the new indoor arena at the Kentucky Horse Park will be the site for the Kentucky Vaulting Cup, an international vaulting competition (CVI) and the official vaulting test event for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. The CVI will bring vaulters from around the world to participate in the event and experience the venue before competing there in 2010.
Events are included with admission to the park--$15 for adults, $8 for children ages 7-12, children 6 and under are admitted for free and $3 for daily parking. There will be a one-time $5 event parking pass for competitors only that can be purchased upon arrival at the park.
The FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The Games are held every four years, and this will be the first occurrence in the United States. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, visit www.alltechfeigames.com. Visit www.americanvaulting.org for more information about vaulting.