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Award Winning Female Jockey P. J. Cooksey to Speak at Women’s Horse Industry Conference

The Women’s Horse Industry Association is pleased to announce that PJ Cooksey will speak during the luncheon on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. The luncheon is part of the WHIA’s conference being held September 22-23, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel. The theme of the event is “Marketing and Managing Your Horse Industry Business” and is open to members and non-members of the association.

“Cooksey is one of the most entertaining public speakers in the industry and we are very excited that she was able to take time out of her schedule to talk with us. Her credentials are stellar and her personality is something special,” states Executive Director, Catherine Masters.

Cooksey started off as a groom at Waterford Park in West Virginia in 1978 and a short time later, became an assistant trainer of a 30 horse stable. Then the bug to become a jockey hit her. On August 20, 1979, she won in her first race aboard Turf Advisor, quickly becoming the track’s leading jockey, both male and female. Her phenomenal career has provided her with many awards and records.

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Largest Commercial Airlift of International Horses Heads to the 2010 Alltech FEI WEG

The largest commercial airlift of horses ever undertaken for a single event will depart from Belgium this week heading to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which are taking place in the United States for the first time in the 20-year history of the event.

Almost 450 horses are departing Europe between the 16th and 29th of September. Ten specially constructed charter flights will leave from Belgium’s Liege airport and the Amsterdam airport over the next 14 days.

These European charter flights form part of an even larger worldwide airlift of horses competing in the eight different disciplines of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky between September 25th and October 10th.

In addition to the 445 horses departing from Europe, 19 horses from Australasia and 35 from South America will fly into the United States in the upcoming week. The airlift is the largest ever undertaken for one event due to the World Equestrian Games being held on American soil for the first time. The Games will be the largest sporting event in the United States this year.

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Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping 2010/2011 – Preview

FEI TV – Watch every round of the forthcoming Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League, and the Final in Leipzig, Germany LIVE on FEI TV –


16 September 2010 – Riders all around the globe are already counting down to the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping final which will take place in Leipzig, Germany next April.  And for competitors in the Rolex-sponsored Western European League, the qualifying season kicks off in four weeks time at Oslo in Norway.

Many of the other leagues are already well underway.  There are 14 in total, and the 12-leg Australia-Pacific series, which began in April, runs through to its final in Sydney in December.  The first of 13 qualifiers in the Arab League took place in Tripoli, Libya earlier this month and this series concludes in Sharjah, UAE in January.  There were just three legs in the Central Asian League which is already completed, while the Caucasian League is also a tidy affair with just four rounds – two in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the remaining two in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The Central European League is divided into two sub-leagues embracing 17 events and concluding with a final in Warsaw, Poland next March.  There are also finals in the nine-leg Japanese series, and in the New Zealand-Pacific region which stages eight qualifiers and comes to a close at Tauranga (NZL) next February.

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Jumping Radio Show Episode 29 by Back on Track – Lauren Hough and Candice King

U.S. WEG Squad members Lauren Hough and Candice King join us this week to review their preparation for the games. Take a listen.

Jumping Radio Episode 29 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford
  • Photo Credit: USEF
  • Guest: Lauren Hough
  • Guest: Candice King
  • Guest: USA Wins Calgary Nations Cup – for full results:
  • World Equestrian Games Jumping Radio Show Recording Schedule at the Alltech Pavilion:
    (Recorded show will be posted within three hours of recording.)

    • Oct 5: Recording at 5-6 PM
    • Oct 7: Recording at 8-9 AM
    • Oct 9: Recording at 8-9 AM
    • Oct 10: Recording at 8-9 AM


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European Jumping Champion Holds Number One Position in Rolex Rankings

Kevin Staut wearing the Green and Gold, courtesy of Rolex.

European Jumping champion Kevin Staut (FRA) has retained his place as the world Number One rider in the Rolex Rankings for September 2010, as published by the FEI.

The 29-year-old Frenchman, who won individual gold at last year’s Alltech FEI European Jumping Championships in Windsor, UK, retains the Green and Gold armband ahead of Marcus Ehning (GER) in 2nd place, and Olympic champion Eric Lamaze (CAN) in 3rd place.

The current Top 10 Riders are as follows:

1st         STAUT, Kevin (FRA)
2nd        EHNING, Marcus (GER)
3rd         LAMAZE, Eric (CAN)
4th         SCHWIZER, Pius (SUI)
5th         BENGTSSON, Rolf-Göran (SWE)
6th         LYNCH, Denis (IRL)
7th         BEERBAUM, Ludger (GER)
8th         KÜRTEN, Jessica (IRL)
9th         WARD, Mclain (USA)
10th       ALEXANDER, Edwina (AUS)

For full details of the Rolex Rankings please click here.

“The Greatest” Will Pack a Punch at the 2010 Alltech FEI WEG Opening Ceremonies

September 15, 2010 – LEXINGTON, KY – 9 days to go – World-renowned boxing legend, humanitarian, global icon and Kentucky native Muhammad Ali will take center stage when the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games begin in Lexington, Ky., in nine days.

The Champ will join a cast of nearly 1,500 people, ages eight to 80, and almost 200 horses from as far away as Australia for an opening ceremonies celebration of dreams that will play tribute to the Games’ American debut with scenes of the prairie, Broadway, the Wild West, and the Deep South.

The show will journey through the history of horses and man as well as iconic moments in U.S. history and culture, beginning with America’s Native American heritage and a prayer for all nations by Lakota chiefs, and concluding with a Mardi Gras extravaganza that will see all cast members join together in a jubilant parade.

The two and a half hour show will include 40 different acts, including Kentuckian Wynonna Judd; opera stars Denyce Graves, Cynthia Lawrence and Ronan Tynan; Sara Lee Guthrie; Cherryholmes; and Jazz at Lincoln Center, among other notables.

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Shelly Temple Crowned USEF National Champion – Single Pony Combined Driving

Shelly Temple and Cooper gallop through the water hazard at the Laurels. Photo credit: Diana Rowland.

Shelly Temple and her 12 year old Morgan gelding LR Ami B-Line (“Cooper”) won the USEF Single Pony Champion in combined driving for the second time in four years.  Held this year at the Laurels of Landhope in Kennett Square, PA, the first day of competition began with dressage.  Shelly and Cooper held a comfortable lead with a score after dressage of 43.73.  Shelly remarked that “Cooper was responsive and willing throughout the day.”  Day two consisted of the cross country marathon with an overall distance of 16 kilometers.  Shelly and navigator/husband Fran Doto drove a solid marathon to maintain their lead into day three, the cones competition.  The cones competition saw Temple maintain her overall lead to follow up her 2009 reserve champion in the single pony championships.

“Cooper felt on top of his game the entire competition.  He was fit and willing.  We appreciate the support of our sponsors like including Charles Owens, Kombat Boots, Kentucky Equine Research, and Sheetz.  Their products and services allow us to compete at a high level.”

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In the Heat and Humidity, Electrolytes to the Rescue!

When it’s time to sweat, Electrolytes must come to the rescue!

With record temperatures and high humidity plaguing our horses, care must be taken to keep your horse hydrated and healthy.  That is when giving your horse Electrolytes is essential.

Sodium, chloride, potassium and magnesium are the primary electrolytes (ions) needed by a working horse. When ions are balanced, they promote water consumption and retention, which can eliminate dehydration and other health problems. Electrolytes will keep your horse well on those super hot days.

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Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic Presented by Porsche Begins Competition

Tim Hooker and Sovereign Mystery. Photos © Flashpoint Photography.

Timothy Hooker Wins Der Dau 1.20m Jumpers

Hampton Falls, NH – September 15, 2010 – The Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic, presented by Porsche, started today with a great turn-out of competition at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center. Located in the beautiful seacoast town of Hampton Falls, NH, the Jumper Classic is New England’s premier equestrian event. This elite level competition attracts the country’s top riders, past Olympians and local equestrians who compete for over $200,000 in prize money. The Jumper Classic runs through Sunday, September 19, with the highlight class, the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix, on Sunday. Olympic course designer Linda Allen is designing the tracks in the Coldwell Bankers Previews Grand Prix Field this week.

The first rider into the Shire Equestrian Winner’s Circle was Timothy Hooker of Lake George, NY, and Wellington, FL, on his horse Sovereign Mystery. They topped the 26 horse field in the Der Dau 1.20m Jumpers with double clear rounds and a jump-off time of 33.706 seconds. Second place went to Schuyler Riley on Conquest Z (35.444 seconds), while Caitlin Venezia finished third on Calmiro (35.595 seconds), owned by Olivia Magliochetti.

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Horsetalk Radio Describes Combined Driver Chester Weber as “King of the Chariot” during Interview about WEG

King of the Chariot: United States Four-In-Hand Combined Driver Chester Weber was interviewed on the radio show “Horsetalk with Heather” about the upcoming Alltech World Equestrian Games. (Photo courtesy of My Weber)

Ocala, FL (September 16, 2010) – Chester Weber, the United States’ reigning National Four-In-Hand Combined Driver, turned up the intrigue on the exciting and challenging world of Combined Driving when he was interviewed on the radio show “Horsetalk With Heather” on September 14. Weber is part of the United States Combined Driving team that will compete at the upcoming 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.

Radio show host Heather described Weber as a “Combined Driving legend and King of the Chariot,” while interviewing the Four-In-Hand Champion. Weber did his part to uphold that status earlier in the year when broke his own record by becoming the first driver to win the National Championship eight years in a row. With the goal of winning the National Championships behind him, Weber is now preparing for the wild ride of competing at the World Equestrian Games.

While on the radio show, Weber described Combined Driving as a “Ben Hur-like” ride, and not only described the work involved in preparing seven horses for competition but also talked through the three different phases in the competition, dressage, the marathon and cones, and the equipment needed for each phase.

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