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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...

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...

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...

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...

Procrastinators Rejoice! Selected WEG Tix Discounted Starting Today

We've all heard the complaints: Tickets to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, are too expensive; lodging and other associated costs are too high; the ongoing economic slowdown is wreaking havoc with WEG organizers' budgets and plans. Well, it looks as if the powers-that-be have heard and are making an attempt to correct their course. From today, July 15, through Labor...

Para-Webathon Raises $10K for WEG-Bound Para-Equestrians

Last night's Para-Webathon, an online fund-raiser for US para-equestrians trying to get to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games , raised nearly $10,000, according to the US ParaEquestrian Association . The online broadcast is more than just a telethon-style event. If you didn't catch it live, it's still worth a look for the para-equestrian footage and even a surprise celebrity caller or two...

WEG Para-Webathon Tonight, 7:00-9:00 p.m. EDT!

As you may know if you've been following this blog, the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, will be the first WEG in history to include para-equestrian competition. Para-equestrians are skilled horsemen and -women who have physical disabilities. (For more on the sport and what you'll see at the WEG, click here to read my blog post on the subject.) In the US, para-equestrians...

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