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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...

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...

A Look at the US Dressage WEG Selection Trials

Next to a World Equestrian Games or an Olympic Games, the most exciting competition may well be the selection trials for a WEG or an Olympic team. I wish I could have been ringside at all of the US trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky (hard to believe that they kick off a little more than one month from now!), but they're being held all over the country, and...

What's Good for the Goose...

A recent guest editorial on Eurodressage.com has me shaking my head in disbelief. The writer, Mr. Ton Corbeau, is editor-in-chief of De Hoefslag , the largest weekly equestrian publication in the Netherlands. In Corbeau's column, entitled "Ton's Tale: Impossible World Equestrian Games," he complains about the expense involved in sending competitors from his country to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian...

Meet the WEG Discipline: Reining

The Western sport of reining has earned a hard-fought victory to become part of the elite group of international equestrian disciplines. It was an exhibition sport at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and in 2000 it became an International Equestrian Federation ( FEI )-recognized discipline. As such it made its international-championships debut at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. Reining...

Meet the WEG Discipline: Para-Equestrian Dressage

Of the many milestones accompanying the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games , I find one especially exciting: This will be the first equestrian world championships to include the para-equestrian discipline, which previously was included only at the Paralympic Games, counterpart to the Olympic Games. "Para," as it's dubbed, is an official International Equestrian Federation ( FEI ) discipline, with...

Tickets to Ride

Among the many topics pertaining to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games that have generated lots of virtual ink is the cost of attending. A number of horse-sport enthusiasts have complained that the tickets are expensive, the lodging is at price-gouging levels, and the event is out of reach for all but the more affluent equestrians. So I decided to put on my reporter's hat to try to figure...

Meet the WEG Discipline: Dressage

Now that we've ushered in 2010 and are now officially in the year of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, let's resume taking a look at the eight equestrian disciplines that will be featured at these world championships. I've covered eventing and jumping in previous blog posts, so it's time to complete the triumvirate of Olympic equestrian disciplines with a look at dressage. This sport, which tests...

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