FEI World Equestrian Games names Chairman from Shelbyville KY

Posted by Jennifer Karlen on Sunday, February 8th, 2009 at 9:03pm.

shelby_county_kentucky_horse_farms_300The Shelbyville KY newspaper, The Sentinel-News reported in a story that John Long has been selected as the chairman for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

John Long is replacing Tandy Patrick who was serving as interim chairman. [Tandy Patrick shall continue to be an active member of the board for the WEG.]

Some background on John Long:

Became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Churchill Downs in 1999.

Appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in 2003.

The article went on to reiterate some of the relevant data expectations for the event to be held September 25, 2010 through October 10, 2010:

650,000 to 700,000 persons will attend the games

800+ athletes and 900 horses  from 60+ countries

500 million persons are expected to watch the WEG on television.

Its a huge event.  And a big honor for a Shelbyville KY horse person to serve as chairman.

Congratulations John Long!