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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 Day 8 Eventing Cross Country

Dressage leaders Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam from Germany maintained their lead in the Eventing Championship following a superb cross-country round at the WEG today. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans.

BRITISH TEAM GALLOPS INTO THE LEAD, BUT GERMANY’S JUNG STILL HEADS INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS…..by Louise Parkes

Lexington, 2 October – After walking the cross-country course earlier in the week, riders agreed that the result of the Eventing Championship at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky would not be decided in the dressage arena, and they were proven right today.  But no-one could have imagined just how influential Mike Etherington-Smith’s 28 fence track would be.  On a day of high drama and fantastic competition, and in front of a massive crowd of over 50,000 spectators, the dressage team order was dramatically altered as the British were the only ones to stand firm.  However Michael Jung kept the German flag flying high with a brilliant late run from La Biosthetique Sam to hold onto individual pole position.

“The atmosphere all around the park with such huge crowds was very special for me,” a jubilant Michael Jung said.  “I had a lot of fun today, and so did my horse.  I’d put the saddle on him and ride it all over again right now if I could!” said the excited leader.

ROCKETED UP THE LEADERBOARD
As the final jumping phase gets underway tomorrow morning Jung has a nine point advantage over Britain’s William Fox-Pitt who rocketed up the leaderboard from 12th to second place when one of 12 to come home clear and inside the time today.  And America’s Becky Holder lies third, separated from silver medal position by only 0.5 penalties after a thrilling cross-country run with the aptly-named Courageous Comet.  She cannot rest easy however because Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and FRH Butts Abraxxas are just 0.4 further in arrears while New Zealand veteran, Andrew Nicholson is less than one point further adrift in fifth place with Nereo.

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Statement on Horse #73, Iman du Golfe

October 2, 2010 – Iman du Golfe (ITA), horse number 73, was injured in a Cross-Country fall at fence 20 this afternoon at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.  Veterinarians attended to the horse immediately.  The horse was stabilized at the fence and transported by horse ambulance to the nearby Rood & Riddle veterinary hospital for further assessment and treatment.

The rider, Juan Carlos Garcia, was taken to the hospital and initial reports are that he is in good condition.

Update:

Iman du Golfe, horse #73 ridden by Juan Carlos Garcia (ITA), was treated at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for a deep laceration over the left elbow region.  X-rays showed no major fracture, although there is a small bone chip near the elbow.

The laceration has been sutured, and the horse is resting comfortably.  The Rood & Riddle attending veterinarians are optimistic that the horse will make a full recovery.

Iman du Golfe was injured in a Cross-Country fall at fence 20 this afternoon at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.

Eventing Radio Episode 99 – Dressage Day 2 World Equestrian Games

The second of four special episodes of eventing coverage from the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Chris is joined by some very special guests to give you a wrap up of the day’s events. This was recorded in front of a live audience at the Alltech Experience in the Kentucky Horse park. Listen in…

Eventing Radio Episode 99 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford
  • Photo Credit: FEI/Dirk Caremans
  • Guest: Amy & Greg Tryon (USA)
  • Guest: Boyd Martin (USA)
  • Guest: Buck Davidson (USA)
  • Guest: Stuart Tinney (AUS)
  • Guest: Paul Tapner (AUS)
  • Guest: Sam Griffiths (AUS)
  • World Equestrian Games Eventing Radio Show Recording Schedule – recording at the Alltech Pavilion Stage: (Recorded versions should be available within three hours of recording.)
    • Sept 30: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM
    • Oct 1: Recording 4-5 PM
    • Oct 2: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM
    • Oct 3: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Coverage: Follow all the coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on the Horse Radio Network.

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Dressage Radio Episode 73 by Back On Track- WEG Special Coverage


Special daily coverage of the dressage competition at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Chris is joined by some special guests for same day coverage. This episode was recorded live in front of an audience at the Alltech Experience in the Kentucky Horse Park. Listen in…

Dressage Radio Episode 73 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Host: Chris Stafford
  • Photo Credit: Dirk Caremans
  • Guest: Glenn the Geek
  • World Equestrian Games Dressage Radio Show Recording Schedule at the Alltech Pavilion: (Recorded show will be posted within three hours of recording.)
    • Sept 27: Recording at 6-7 PM
    • Sept 28: Recording at 6-7 PM
    • Sept 29: Recording at 5:30-6:30 PM
    • Oct 2: Recording at 7:30-8:30 AM
  • Coverage: Follow all the coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on the Horse Radio Network.
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Germany Remains Dominant in Dressage at Eventing World Championships

October 1, 2010 – Lexington, KY – Germany’s Michael Jung and La Biosthetique-Sam FBW took the lead today in the Eventing World Championships, presented by Reem Acra, at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  Jung’s score of 33.00 put him in the top spot, while countryman Simone Deitermann, riding Free Easy (36.00), held on to the third spot after leading following day 1.  Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli, riding Apollo van de Wendi Kurt Hoeve, stands second with a 35.50.

Germany took the lead in the team race, with 114.30 penalty points. Great Britain is next (128.50) and Sweden is third (131.20), followed by Australia (131.80), Italy (135.90), New Zealand (138.30) and the United States (140.00).

Marilyn Payne, president of the ground jury, commented that today’s top rides were especially enjoyable to watch.  “It’s so exciting to give 8s and 9s,” she said.  “What else can I do?  This is the most exciting thing as a judge: to be able to judge horses and riders like this.”

Jung was the third-last rider to start today and performed a beautiful dressage test, despite the fact that his horse is “an absolute bundle of energy.”  “The last few years, he has just performed beautifully,” said Jung.  He also added that the duo competes in dressage competitions at home in Germany, which might have helped his score today.

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 Day 7 Dressage Freestyle

The Netherlands' Edward Gal, who claimed Dressage Freestyle gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA tonight. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans.

GAL AND TOTILAS MAKE IT A GOLDEN HAT-TRICK ON A NIGHT TO REMEMBER by Louise Parkes

Lexington, 1 October – The brightest stars in the sport of dressage sparkled again tonight as The Netherlands’ Edward Gal and the amazing black stallion Moorlands Totilas claimed their third gold medal of the week in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA.  On Tuesday they joined their Dutch counterparts to scoop the team title, on Wednesday they topped the Grand Prix Special, and tonight they made it a hat-trick when taking centre-stage on the Freestyle podium.  They’ve broken so many records over the last year that another came as no surprise – they are now the first partnership ever to win three World titles at a single Championship, but the Dutch duo didn’t steal all the limelight on this extraordinary evening.

Tonight’s silver medallist Laura Bechtolsheimer produced a personal best score of 85.35 with Mistral Hojris to become the first ever British rider to take three medals at a World Dressage Championship – in the Team, Special and Freestyle.  It’s been a sensational week for the 25 year old. And tonight’s bronze medallist, Steffen Peters, “put the icing on the cake,” as he said himself, when topping up the record he set on Wednesday when he became the first American to win an individual Championship medal in Dressage in the 78 years since Colonel Hiram Tottle and his horse, Olympic, took bronze at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1932.

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 Day 7 Eventing Championship

Michael Jung (La Biosthethique Sam) GER took the lead as the dressage phase of the Eventing Championship concluded today at the Alltech FEI WEG. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans.

GERMANS CEMENT THEIR POSITION AHEAD OF CROSS-COUNTRY DAY by Louise Parkes

Lexington, 1 October – The German team go into tomorrow’s Eventing Championship cross-country challenge at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with a 14 point lead over their nearest rivals from Great Britain.  Sweden lies third ahead of Australia in fourth but less than 20 penalties separate the top four nations and just 40 penalties, or two jumping errors, separate the top ten teams.

On a day when the standard of dressage just kept getting better and better it was Germany’s Michael Jung who took over at the head of affairs.  He admitted during the post-competition press conference that he regularly competes in pure dressage, “but not at the World Equestrian Games!” he pointed out.  He described his 10 year old gelding La Biosthetique Sam as “a bundle of energy”, and he used that energy today to post a superb score of 33.0 to go out in front.

ROUSING CHEER
However he is closely followed by Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli whose test with Apollo van de Wendi Kur Hoeve brought a rousing cheer from the crowd after they put 35.50 on the board.  The handsome Belgian Warmblood gelding, which the rider has been competing for the last two years, really rose to the occasion and the 36 year old rider from Rome, who is a member of the Italian police force, the Carabinieri, was delighted with his result. “I competed in Fontainebleau (FEI European Championships) last year and also in Aachen this summer with this horse,” he explained.

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ASPCA Unveils Historic Exhibit at Kentucky Horse Park during Alltech FEI WEG

Special Collection to Honor America’s Horses

NEW YORK – On October 5, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) will unveil “Angels for Horses: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,” a historic exhibit featured at the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse – a Smithsonian affiliate in Lexington, Ky. – and the site of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Georgina Bloomberg, a world-class equestrian rider and ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador, will be joining ASPCA equine experts to officially open the exhibit with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the games, allowing the public access to artifacts that celebrate the history of horse protection in the United States, which began with the ASPCA nearly 145 years ago.

“Many people do not know this, but the ASPCA was established after its founder, Henry Bergh, witnessed the savage beating of a work horse in the streets of New York City,” says Valerie Angeli, Senior Director of ASPCA Equine Events and Special Projects. “The prestigious International Museum of the Horse is the perfect location to exhibit the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection in the United States and educate the public about the needs of our nation’s horses and companion animals.”

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Eventing Radio Episode 98 – Dressage Day 1 World Equestrian Games

The first of four special episodes of eventing coverage from the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Chris is joined by some very special guests to give you a wrap up of the day’s events. This was recorded in front of a live audience at the Alltech Experience in the Kentucky Horse park. Listen in… Eventing Radio Episode 98 – Show Notes and Links:

  • World Equestrian Games Eventing Radio Show Recording Schedule – recording at the Alltech Pavilion Stage: (Recorded versions should be available within three hours of recording.)
    • Sept 30: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM
    • Oct 1: Recording 4-5 PM
    • Oct 2: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM
    • Oct 3: Recording 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Coverage: Follow all the coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on the Horse Radio Network.

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2010 Radio Show Episode 115 by SUCCEED – Reining Finals with Lisa Coulter and Eventing Preview

Daily radio coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games continues with a wrap up of the day’s events. We recap Eventing Dressage with Samantha and Reining Finals with Lisa Coulter as we record at the International Equestrian Festival. Listen in as Templeton Thompson takes the show out with “Girls and Horses”…

2010 Radio Show Episode 115 by SUCCEED – Show Notes and Links:

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