MIGHTY MARIA WINS ENDURANCE GOLD, UAE SCOOP TEAM TITLE by Louise Parkes
Lexington, 26 September – Spain’s Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton and her super-horse, Nobby, wrote their names into the history books of the sport of Endurance today when adding the individual gold medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky to their 2008 World Championship and 2009 European Championship titles. The hat-trick has never been done before, and Nobby’s extraordinary recovery-rate proved key to their success once again. But Ponton herself is something of a super-woman. Only seven weeks ago she gave birth to her daughter, Maria, yet she had the stamina, skill, physical fitness and concentration to win the coveted title against the sharpest competition today.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the silver medal with Ciel Oriental while his son, His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Al Maktoum took bronze, and it was no surprise when the UAE claimed the team title as His HE Sheikh Hamdan joined with HE Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum to finish well ahead of the French in silver medal position and Germany in bronze.
AMERICAN HEAVYWEIGHTS TAKE TEAM REINING TITLE FOR THE THIRD TIME by Louise Parkes
Lexington, 26 September – The host nation and defending double-champions from the USA scooped the first gold medals of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games when spinning, slide-stopping and galloping to a convincing victory in the Reining Team Championship at The Horse Park in Kentucky today. They dominated the leaderboard when filling first, third, fourth and ninth places and their final score of 674.5 left them almost 10 points clear of Belgium in silver medal position while Italy took bronze. And it was an historic moment for the Belgians as they claimed their first World Championship title in this discipline.
“We were always trying for third place, so silver is a dream come true!” said Belgium’s Cira Baeck afterwards. However the team effort produced by the Americans was exceptional and, as US Chef d’Equipe Jeff Petska said, “we came here under a lot of pressure – reining is a big sport on our home soil, but my boys really rose to the occasion.”
Beyond the Stone Fences spotlights Kentucky Thoroughbred horse farms
Lexington, Kentucky (September 2, 2010) – At a time when worldwide attention is focused on Kentucky for the upcoming World Equestrian Games, juxtaposed by the adverse effects of the economic downturn on the state’s equine industry, a new documentary film tells the story of the Kentucky’s Thoroughbred horse farms. Produced by Lexington-based High Impact Productions, the thirty-minute Beyond the Stone Fences details the majesty, as well as the daily operations, of six regional horse farms.
Premiering nationally on the cable network HRTV, Monday, September 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET, Beyond the Stone Fences features lush, never-before-seen high definition footage and exclusive interviews with farm owners, operators and staff from Lexington’s Calumet, Donamire, Crestwood and Mt. Brilliant Farms; Winstar Farm in Versailles; and Three Chimneys Farm in Midway. The film will also air on Kentucky’s PBS affiliate, KET, beginning Sunday, September 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Renowned and innovative veterinarian is special guest on October 5
Lexington, KY (September 22, 2010) – On October 5, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Dr. Ric Redden will present a demonstration with Josie the Amputee Mare. Showcased in the International Equestrian Festival’s Ecotrack Park, Redden will change the horse’s prosthetic leg to provide viewers an overview of the options and advancements in equine prosthetics. As part of the Festival’s special series, Dr. Redden will also present more than six hours of lectures:
* 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Evaluating and Treating Angular Deformities in Foals – Learn Dr. Redden’s method of assessing foot and flight leg alignment and when and how to treat various deformities.
* 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Diagnosing and Shoeing the Navicular Horse – A discussion of history, radiographs, clinical workup and efficient therapeutic shoeing.
* 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – How to Manage Club Feed and the Opposite Foot which often has a Crushed Heel – Lecture on understanding and managing club feet in foals, sport horses and broodstock.
* 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Understanding and Treating the Laminitic Case – Learn about the urgent need for accurate assessment and subsequent treatment plan, and how venograms make the difference between success and failure.
FEI TV – As well as live competition coverage throughout the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, FEI TV will make all competitions available post-event via VoD, plus an exclusive daily 30-minute VoD highlights show from the Kentucky Horse Park featuring the best of the day’s action, interviews, previews and reviews. There will also be lots of behind the scenes footage available. Check out www.feitv.org.
DAY TWO GETS UNDERWAY AT THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK by Louise Parkes
Lexington, 26 September – It’s all happening at The Horse Park in Kentucky this morning where the closing stages of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Reining Team Championships are taking place in the Alltech Pavilion while the Endurance competitors are enjoying perfect weather conditions on their 160kms course.
With roughly half of the rides completed in the team reining competition of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Team USA is on top. The reining world championships are presented by John Deere.
Lexington, Ky., Sept. 25, 2010 — With roughly half of the rides completed in the team Reining competition of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Team Italy is on top in the Reining World Championships, presented by John Deere.
Italian Stefano Massignan scored a chart-topping 224 aboard Yellow Jersey, winner of the 2009 Italian Reining Horse Association Level 4 Open Derby. Yellow Jersey is a 6-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion sired by Wimpys Little Step and owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA.
“He’s an easy horse, but he has a big heart, a big mind,” Massignan said of his mount. “He’s phenomenal. You can make that go-round if you ride a special horse, (and) he’s special – for the rest of my life.”
The team Reining competition continues Sunday, September 26, with the remaining 35 riders.
Lexington, 25 September 2010 – Legends, athletes, stars of stage and screen and “The Greatest” of them all, global sporting and humanitarian icon Muhammad Ali, contributed to the spectacular opening of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Horse Park in Kentucky, USA tonight.
And completing the celebration was the key ingredient to the thrills and excitement we can expect to see over the next two weeks – the horse.
A cast of almost 1,500 people, and a vast array of equine talent, combined to provide a programme that paid tribute to the Games arrival on American soil with scenes from the prairie, Broadway, the Wild West and the Deep South. The show journeyed through the history of man and horse and explored defining moments in US history and culture, beginning with the heritage of Native Americans and a Prayer for All Nations by Lakota chiefs and concluded with a Mardi Gras extravaganza of epic proportions.
As well as live competition coverage throughout the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, FEI TV will make all competitions available post-event via VoD, plus an exclusive daily 30-minute VoD highlights show from the Kentucky Horse Park featuring the best of the day’s action, interviews, previews and reviews. There will also be lots of behind the scenes footage available. Check out www.feitv.org.
ITALY LEADS INDIVIDUAL RANKING IN REINING, BUT USA HEADS TEAM LEADERBOARD
Endurance Begins Tomorrow
by Louise Parkes
Lexington, 25 September – American-based Italian, Stefano Massignan, took the first-day lead in the Reining Championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA today. However the host nation, who are defending champions, hold the team advantage as the remaining riders go into the arena tomorrow following great performances from Craig Schmersal and Tim McQuay.
25 September 2010 – As the action gets underway at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games today in the build-up to tonight’s opening ceremony, equestrian fans who are not on site can view all the excitement of the Games live on FEI TV.
FEI TV offers users worldwide access to extensive live coverage from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The opening ceremony will be shown live tonight at 1900 EDT (0100 CEST) and will then be available as Video on Demand (VoD).
As well as live competition coverage throughout the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, FEI TV will make all competitions available post-event via VoD, plus an exclusive daily 30-minute VoD highlights show from the Kentucky Horse Park featuring the best of the day’s action, interviews, previews and reviews. There will also be lots of behind the scenes footage available.