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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...

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...

Fun, Fun, Fun

It's a beautiful sunny day here in Lexington, Kentucky. I had a relatively light duty day today, so I decided to walk around and take some photos, and then to attend the individual reining medal finals. Maybe this is old hat for Europeans, but I get a kick out of hearing the different accents and languages on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. Spectators and competitors alike have a patriotic...

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Rocky Road to Dressage Team Medals

Day 2 of the team dressage competition at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games got off to a rough start. The fifth rider to go, and third at bat for the gold-medal-positioned Dutch team, was eliminated by the head of the ground jury, Stephen Clarke of Great Britain, when Clarke spotted evidence of blood coming from the horse's mouth. It was a crushing disappointment for rider Adelinde Cornelissen...

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...

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...

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...

The 100-Day Countdown Begins: Listen to the WEG Press Conference

Last week, 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games VIPs held a press conference for members of American Horse Publications and local Kentucky media, outlining the WEG preparation progress and kicking off the 100-day countdown with a status report, big parking news (there is some!), lodging and ticket-sales updates, and more. I've edited the audio a bit for length and clarity, and I've taken my first...

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(Archived) Follow the one-year countdown to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, with TheHorse.com. We'll bring you news, updates, and behind-the-scenes peeks at the first World Equestrian Games ever to be held in the United States.