The Davidsons aren’t a dynasty yet, but they might become one if Buck Davidson makes history at the Kentucky Horse Park the way his father did 32 years ago.

Bruce Davidson Sr. won the 1978 eventing world championship aboard Might Tango at the fledgling facility in Lexington, four years after taking the title for the first time in Burghley, England, on Irish Cap in 1974. That gave the U.S. the right to stage the next edition of the competition, and it put the Horse Park on the international map.

This month, a greatly expanded and upgraded Horse Park is at the center of that international map as it becomes the first site outside Europe to host the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, a compilation of eight world championships that began in 1990. A statue of the senior Davidson on one of his legendary mounts, Eagle Lion, is prominently positioned just outside the park’s new stadium, where opening ceremonies will be held Saturday.

Bruce Davidson Jr., better known as Buck, last week was named to the U.S. team for the competition, achieving a goal toward which he has been working practically all his life. The 34-year-old athlete will be aboard BallyNoe Castle RM, an Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Carl and Cassandra Segal of Pottersville, who are happy to be along for the ride.

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