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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...

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...

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...

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...

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