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A Great Ride

The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games have come to a close. As with any major event -- a wedding, a huge project, even the holiday season -- its conclusion brings a mixture of sadness and relief. Sadness, for the special time never seems to last long enough to savor, after the months or years of planning and hard work. Relief, at seeing the event come off successfully and knowing that the burden...

How Cool Is This?

We begin today's post, on the final day of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, with a photograph: Now, if that doesn't say it all about sportsmanship, excellence, and the power of the human spirit to overcome the obstacles life throws at you, I don't know what does. As I've mentioned previously, this WEG is the first time that able-bodied equestrians and those with physical...

US Event Horse Courageous Comet, Injured on WEG Cross-Country, Should Recover Fully

The silver lining to American event horse Courageous Comet's untimely withdrawal from the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games eventing competition is that he stands to recover fully, says Brendan Furlong, MVB, MRCVS, US eventing-team veterinarian and a team vet for the US driving team at the WEG. "He pulled his left front shoe on course and pulled up lame," Furlong said of the fourteen-year-old...

Midway Through the WEG, Veterinary Services Are in Good Health

The on-site veterinary clinic may not be quite as lavish (thanks to budget constraints) as originally hoped for, but it's proving quite up to the task of taking care of the horses at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, according to WEG chief veterinary advisor A. Kent Allen, DVM. TheHorse.com caught up with Allen at the halfway point of the Games, the day after eventing...

New Faces on the Eventing Medal Podiums

Luck wasn’t on the Americans’ side yesterday, on the final day of eventing competition at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. First, Becky Holder withdrew Courageous Comet after the third horse inspection, prior to the show-jumping phase. The fourteen-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, it turned out, had thrown a front shoe early on in his cross-country run on October 2 and had “overcompensated...

Look, Ma, I Finished!

Michael Etherington-Smith's eventing cross-country course at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games didn't produce any of those gut-wrenching, truly awful moments for which the sport of eventing is occasionally known; yet it still managed to prevent 19 of the 79 starters from finishing the 28-fence course. We can't say Mike didn't warn us. In my previous blog post, I shared his warnings about...

Cross-Country Course Walk

Eventing enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting tomorrow's cross-country phase of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games competition. Yesterday afternoon, a group of journalists and photographers perched on tractor-pulled hay wagons for an abbreviated tour of the course. One of the challenges in creating the course, said course designer Michael Etherington-Smith, was working with the lines of travel...

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...

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...

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...

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