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September 2010 - Posts

Fun, Fun, Fun

It's a beautiful sunny day here in Lexington, Kentucky. I had a relatively light duty day today, so I decided to walk around and take some photos, and then to attend the individual reining medal finals. Maybe this is old hat for Europeans, but I get a kick out of hearing the different accents and languages on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. Spectators and competitors alike have a patriotic... Read More

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Three Event Horses Are Out

The past two days brought disappointment to the French, American, and Mexican eventing teams at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Yesterday, the French eventer Metisse de Lalou, a ten-year-old Selle Francais mare ridden by Lionel Guyon, suffered an "acute episode of colic" at the Horse Park, according to WEG chief veterinary advisor A. Kent Allen, DVM. "We treated... Read More

Rocky Road to Dressage Team Medals

Day 2 of the team dressage competition at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games got off to a rough start. The fifth rider to go, and third at bat for the gold-medal-positioned Dutch team, was eliminated by the head of the ground jury, Stephen Clarke of Great Britain, when Clarke spotted evidence of blood coming from the horse's mouth. It was a crushing disappointment for rider Adelinde Cornelissen... Read More

Reining, Endurance Medals Awarded

The US team of Shawn Flarida on RC Fancy Step, Tim McCutcheon on Gunners Special Nite, Tim McQuay on Hollywoodtinseltown, and Craig Schmersal on Mister Montana Nic claimed team gold in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games reining competition in Lexington, Kentucky. Flarida's score of 227.0 was the highest of the team competition. All of the Americans qualified for the reining individual final... Read More

A Spectacular Opening

American pride with a stir of the melting pot was the theme of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The three-hour spectacle began with representatives from seven native American nations on native breeds, offering a prayer for the Games to go well, to celebrate the relationship between humans and horses, and for people worldwide to coexist together in peace. A crowd... Read More

A Sunny Start

It's day 1 of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and Mother Nature has smiled on Lexington, Kentucky. A cold front moved through yesterday evening, breaking the 90-plus-degree heat wave and giving the parched region a welcome drink of rain (albeit not nearly enough to revive the Bluegrass). Saturday dawned cooler, clear, and sunny, with highs in the upper 70s -- welcome relief for both humans... Read More

The Eagle Has Landed

OK, that's a bit of hyperbole, as I feel more like a weary eaglet than a soaring eagle at the moment. But I'm happy to report that I am in Lexington, and I've made my way to the media-credentialing office and then out to the Kentucky Horse Park and the press center there, and now I'm taking care of this bit of business before hitting the very welcome hay. Pretty much everyone here is in the equestrian... Read More

How to Follow the Action: TV and Online WEG Coverage

Not going to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, which kick off Saturday, September 25? Never fear: There are plenty of opportunities to watch the action on TV or your Internet-connected computer. NBC Network TV Broadcast Schedule Sunday, Sept. 26, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EDT: Live coverage of team reining competition, plus opening-ceremonies footage and a look ahead at the... Read More

The Welcome Mat Is Out

More than 500 horses competing at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, will pass through the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (it's actually in Kentucky) en route to the Kentucky Horse Park. The European and British competitors will fly into Cincinnati from September 16 to October 1, where they'll do their mandatory quarantine time at a temporary quarantine... Read More

WEG? Yeah, There's an App for That

If you own an iPhone, you can have the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games at your fingertips. An iPhone app (free until September 17, according to Apple's iTunes store), called simply "WEG," is a nice guide to the WEG's eight equestrian disciplines, with descriptions of each plus links to each sport's promotional WEG YouTube video (also watchable on the iPhone). So when your friend or significant... Read More

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