Saturday, April 21, 2007

World Games 2010 Foundation Names Discipline Managers for 2010 Event

The World Games 2010 Foundation, Inc. announced its Discipline Manager selections for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010. The following individuals have been selected after an exhaustive search process, conducted over the last few months:

Driving: Susan Gilliland, Dunellen, FL USA
Endurance: Art Priesz, Ivanhoe, MN USA
Eventing: Jane Atkinson, Stamping Ground, KY USA
Para-Equestrian: Janis Linnan, Clovis, CA USA
Reining: Brad Ettleman, Denver, CO USA
Vaulting: Kersten Klophaus, Wermelskirchen, Germany
Dressage: Glenda McElroy, Glendale, CA USA
Show Jumping: David Distler (Co-Manager) Norwalk, CT USA
Show Jumping: Hugh Kincannon (Co-Manager) Lexington, KY USA

Vitally important to the overall success of the 2010 Games, the Discipline Managers will be responsible for planning, managing and directing the World Championship competitions, any test events leading up to the 2010 WEG, communicating with the High Performance community and related organizations, and overseeing development and administration of the discipline’s budget. The eight managers will work on a contract basis with the World Games 2010 Foundation, Inc.

“Selecting the Discipline Managers has taken extensive time and energy because there were so many terrific candidates around the globe to choose from,” stated Rob Hinkle, Chief Operations Officer for the World Games 2010 Foundation, Inc. “The hard work and diligence by many people has paid off, however. We are thrilled that these individuals have agreed to work with us over the next three and a half years.”

“We are very happy with the choices made by the Organizing Committee,” stated Michael Stone, Secretary General of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). “It is an extremely tough task to get to this point because there are so many qualified candidates, but we feel this group will serve us well in 2010.”

The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park, are the world championships of the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), and are held every four years. The Games have never before been held outside of Europe; nor have all eight disciplines ever previously been held together at a single site— both firsts that will be achieved at the Kentucky Horse Park. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150 million. It is anticipated that more than 600,000 spectators will attend the 16-day competition.

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