Monday, March 13, 2006

Hinkle to lead World Equestrian Games planning

Business First of Louisville - 12:44 PM EST Monday

The Kentucky Horse Park's director of operations has been selected to lead the planning of the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Rob Hinkle has been hired as chief administrative officer by the World Games 2010 Foundation Inc., the organization in charge of the Fédération Equestre Internationale World Equestrian Games, according to a news release.

Hinkle has served as director of operations for the Kentucky Horse Park since 1999. He joined the park as senior special events coordinator in 1991.

Hinkle was director of equine operations for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., before joining the Kentucky Horse Park.

He also was a member of the team that wrote and presented Kentucky's bid to the Fédération Equestre Internationale last year.

The 2010 World Equestrian Games is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees and have a potential economic impact of about $100 million.

This will be the first time that the games will be held outside of Europe, and it will be the first time that the games are staged at a single venue.

The two-week event, which takes place every four years, includes the world championships of seven equestrian sports: show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, reining, vaulting and endurance riding.

The competitions are expected to draw about 800 equestrians and 1,000 horses from 50 countries and to attract more than 1,000 journalists. The event will be televised in 180 countries.

The World Games 2010 Foundation Inc. will hire a CEO at a later date to oversee all aspects of the games, the release said.

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