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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Jumping and Dressage Heat Up

Some nations have already announced team rosters for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games , which kick off in about six weeks in Lexington, Kentucky. The United States isn't quite there yet, but we're getting closer. On Tuesday, the US Equestrian Federation announced the jumping short list for the WEG. (Want to know how they got picked, and got some time to kill? You can read the entire 17-page...

Long Lists Take Shape

The United States Equestrian Federation , in its role as equestrian sports' national governing body in this country, has announced the "nominated entries" (aka long lists) for several of the eight International Equestrian Federation (FEI) disciplines, which will be represented at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games . Over the next eight weeks, the nominated entries will be whittled down to...

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