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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What Do You Want from (Me at) WEG?

It's Labor Day weekend, and that means we're inside the 21-day-countdown mark to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, September 25-October 10. By now, most of you probably know the WEG basics: sixteen days, eight International Equestrian Federation (FEI) disciplines, Kentucky Horse Park, concurrent on-site trade show and educational and entertaining equine-themed demonstrations...

More Short Lists, Some Substitutions, and a Few Tidbits

In previous posts (which you can read by clicking here and here ), I reviewed the US Equestrian Federation 's announced short lists for the driving, para-equestrian, eventing, jumping, reining, and dressage teams for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games . Now we're within the 30-day countdown window; and since I last wrote, the USEF announced the WEG short lists for the other two WEG disciplines...

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...

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