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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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(Archived) Follow the one-year countdown to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, with TheHorse.com. We'll bring you news, updates, and behind-the-scenes peeks at the first World Equestrian Games ever to be held in the United States.