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 the horse at the on-site clinic," Allen said today. "When she continued to be painful, she was transferred to Rood & Riddle [Equine Hospital in Lexington], where she underwent surgery for a displaced bowel. She was treated successfully and today is doing well."

Rood & Riddle's Dr. Scott Hopper peformed the surgery, Allen said. 

Metisse de Lalou is expected to return home to France "on the last flight home" from the WEG, Allen said.

Then this morning, the United States Equestrian Federation released a statement that Kim Severson's 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Tipperary Liadhnan, was withdrawn from the WEG eventing competition as a result of a cellulitis infection that had been steadily improving but then "took a dramatic turn for the worse" yesterday morning, according to US eventing chef d'equipe Capt. Mark Phillips. 

Karen O'Connor and Mandiba now will ride as part of the four-member US eventing team, joining Phillip Dutton on Woodburn, Buck Davidson on BallyNoe Castle RM, and Boyd Martin on Neville Bardos. Becky Holder and Courageous Comet will compete as individuals.

Finally, in this morning's eventing horse inspection, it was all clear until the very end. The last horse to jog, Mexico's Azteca, ridden by Escipion Mindivil Minjares, was "spun" (failed the inspection). Azteca would have been the lone eventing entry from Mexico.