Seems the Australians aren’t too keen on the World Equestrian Games here in Kentucky:
Despite their love affair with Frankfort and Kentuckians, the Australians are less than enthusiastic about the overall organization of the first games to be held outside of Europe.
Many of the Australians here attended the two previous games in France and Germany, and contend that the former host cities made the trip far less expensive and were better organized than the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
“The organization there is chaotic,” said Christopher Hector, publisher and editor of The Horse Magazine, Australia’s premier equestrian magazine.
“The Hague (which hosted the games in 1994) was terrible in terms of bad organization, but I’m not sure if this is worse.”
The Australians also echoed what has been the biggest complaint from around the world – price gouging.
“It’s just like a rip off,” said Hector, whose group bought tickets before prices came down.
“The tickets are twice as much as last time. The hotels are four times as high. Previous cities kept their hotels from hiking up prices. Even in Germany, prices weren’t like this.”
“I think it’s really sad because the people here have been so welcoming and so nice and so gone out of their way to be friendly and helpful,” he said.
“If only the organizing committee hadn’t been so out of it and gouging. They would have gotten people from all over the world – they would have gotten people from all over the world who would have had a wonderful time and wanted to come back here, and that’s really sad.”
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