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Horse Group Says Games Huge Economic Benefit

By Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The global sanctioning body for horse sports says the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games brought considerably more money into the Lexington-area economy than had been estimated.

A study commissioned by the Federation Equestre Internationale found there was a financial impact of between $373 million and $396 million.

The FEI said a study by Deloitte showed a direct economic impact of $233 million.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported the FEI didn't respond to questions about the difference and declined to release the full study.

The body said more than 507,000 people attended the games.