Behind the Scenes at WEG

Final Day of WEG

The final day of WEG competition started with the Closing Press Conference. FEI president Princess Haya and Alltech leader Pearse Lyons were joined by Jamie Link and John Long, addressing media questions about the success and business aspect of the event. Princess Haya and Pearse Lyons Driving is a Must See! Driving was a discipline I had heard about but not seen. Made up of three sections like Eventing... Read More

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Farewell WEG!

In the final week of the Games I managed to break away from the hospital and see some more of the competitions, which was an unexpected treat! The cross country was definitely the highlight. The course was amazing and proved a challenging task. The carnage on the scoreboard speaks for itself--of the 79 competitors that performed in the dressage phase, only 55 got through to the showjumping phase. Some... Read More

Driving marathon day!!

Well, we are all here at the D box for the marathon driving event at WEG! Very exciting day, 26 teams or so to come through the box. Can't wait for it to begin. Read More

Out and About at WEG

I finally broke away from my daily routine (shoot/edit/transmit event images for this blog and slideshows) and ventured into the Trade Village, Equine Village, and Alltech Experience. Everyone should do this. It was amazing and well done and even with the crowds it was easy to get around. Horse demonstrations were abundant and visitors even had opportunities to ride a horse. The Rood and Riddle Pavilion... Read More

Getting Ready for the Driving Marathon Day

Well, I have my credentials and uniform in hand and am anxiously awaiting saturday's marathon day for the driving portion of the WEG!! We are meeting on friday to have a briefing with all the people who will work this huge effort for what is known as the marathon day. I will be the Vet in charge of the D 10 minute hold box, and while this is the 4th time I have perfomed this job, it is extra special... Read More

World Equestrian Games Eventing Photos

With four consecutive days of coverage related to Eventing, photographers gathered research on riders and horses in the media center before heading out on their daily shoot. Media center staff were abundant and knowledgeable, which was helpful to those not covering this discipline on a regular basis. Dressage and Stadium Jumping were the first and third phases, taking place in the outdoor stadium.... Read More

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Vet Student Report

Hi, my name is Valerie Dromey and I'm an Irish veterinary student who has come across the pond to do three weeks' work experience in the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital clinic during the World Equestrian Games--and what an experience it has been! Horses are athletes and, like any athlete, there have been one or two that have acquired various ailments. The equine competitors at WEG have an army of caretakers... Read More

Report from the field

I caught up with Dr. Bonnie Barr, an equine internal medicine expert working as part of the Kentucky team taking care of World Equestrian Games horses. Q. Bonnie, tell me what you've been doing so far. A. I'm in the veterinary clinic up there (at the Kentucky Horse Park). If team vets come in, and for example, if they have a medicine-type question, if they have a question on bloodwork, if they would... Read More

Photographing Endurance

My photo assignment on opening weekend of the World Equestrian Games (WEG) was Endurance. A 100-mile race, the Endurance course had six different loops that traversed through the Kentucky Horse Park and farms in the area. After each loop the riders and horses returned to the start/finish area where horses were cooled down, inspected by veterinarians, and rested before resuming the next loop of the... Read More

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Blanket excitement

When I heard members of the U.S. vaulting team here at the World Equestrian Games were using an intriguing-sounding blanket on their horses for therapeutic use that has ceramic woven into the fabric, I wanted to know more. U.S. vaulting star Megan Benjamin told me the product is called “Back on Track.” “My groom swears by it,” Megan said in an e-mail. “We have blankets that the horses wear to relax... Read More

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About This Blog

(Archived) Go behind the scenes of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with our award-winning writers, photographers, and several veterinarians to learn about the care of the world’s top equine athletes. Blog writing, professional photography, and video will show you how these equine stars in eventing, jumping, dressage, para dressage, driving, endurance, reining, and vaulting stay at the top of their competitive game.