WASHINGTON - Congressman Andy Barr expressed support for Kentucky's effort to return the FEI World Equestrian Games to Lexington in 2018:   

“I am pleased that Kentucky has submitted a bid to return the FEI World Equestrian Games to Lexington.  The 2010 Games were an all-around success - for the sport, its fans and for the hosts.  The International Equestrian Federation should have incredible confidence in the ability of the Kentucky Horse Park to repeat as a world-class venue.  Despite a challenging economy, the support from the community and the tremendous commitment delivered by sponsor Alltech ensured that everything came together for equestrian’s greatest event.  

“Hosting the games would be an honor for Lexington, bringing a substantial economic impact to the region.  The 2010 Games generated more than $200 million in Kentucky, including more than $45 million in wages supporting over 3,000 jobs.  Lexington youth benefited from the opportunity to meet competitors and fans from around the world.     

“I fully support the bid, and pledge any assistance my office can provide.”