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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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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