Tryon, NC — September 25, 2010 — A family type atmosphere enveloped the ring, complete with loud cheering and picnic cloths spread around as the 2010 Tri State Equitation Finals crowned champions Saturday afternoon in the spotlighted event celebrating 20 years of the Tryon Fall Classic.
Currently held at the Foothills Equestrian Center, the Fall Classic, one of the earliest USEF A rated horse shows in the tri state area, was created two decades ago by Bob Bell and Carol Kent. Both Bell and Kent recall a time when age group equitation classes were a dominate section of A rated events. “Reviving the Age Group Equitation is something I believe will help make our young riders stronger competitors when they do head to the big equitation classics and finals at shows like Washington International, Harrisburg, and even the ASPCA Maclay Championships. Given the current economic crunch many riders are feeling there are probably several who won’t be traveling to the big Indoor circuits as they did in the past, but we wanted to recognize their excellence at our Fall show in Tryon,” Bell said. He explained the focus of Classic Company’s Tri State Equitation was on top riders from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, “to honor their achievements this season and to aid those riders who will be heading to Indoors by providing a tune up opportunity.”
Universal Sports, NBC Sports and UniversalSports.com to cover more than 80 hours of 2010 World Equestrian Games
September 22, 2010: Universal Sports and NBC Sports are teaming up to provide fans with the most extensive live television coverage of equestrian sports in U.S. history. NBC Sports will air 8 ½ hours of LIVE coverage on three consecutive weekends, beginning this Saturday at 12 Noon ET. Universal Sports will show more than 15 hours LIVE, including the majority of the show jumping competition. Universal Sports will also air taped broadcasts of the Reining Final, the Dressage Freestyle, the Driving competition and the Vaulting Final. The joint effort will include more than 30 hours of live and taped television coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY. This total amount of U.S. television coverage is unprecedented for equestrian sports in this country.
This prestigious international event is being held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from September 25 to October 10. Lexington-area cable operator Insight Communications will offer the Universal Sports network to its subscribers on a trial basis beginning on September 24, allowing local horse enthusiasts to watch the action from start to finish.
22 September 2010 – History will be made when the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games opens on Saturday 25 September in the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, one of the world’s most evocative permanent equestrian centres located in the heart of the USA’s famed ‘Blue Grass Horse Country’.
It is the sixth occasion that the competitive disciplines have come together to take part in the world’s greatest equestrian extravaganza, but the first time that the Games have been held outside Europe and the first time they have had a title sponsor – the animal nutrition company Alltech.
When the nominated entries were received last month, over 900 athletes and 1,300 horses were listed, and while this number will reduce as selections are finalised over the next few days the scale of the event is enormous.
FEI TV – Review the action from the Meydan FEI Nations Cup Promotional League final in Barcelona on FEI TV – www.feitv.org
DENMARK EARNS PROMOTION WITH CLEAN VICTORY IN BARCELONA
Barcelona, 19 September 2010 – Denmark will join the elite group of countries in the 2011 Meydan FEI Nations Cup series following a clear-cut victory in the Meydan FEI Nations Cup Promotional League Final at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain today. The 5-Star Spanish fixture was dogged by appalling weather conditions which led to the transfer of several of the classes from the main arena to the sand-ring located behind the stables, and riders today faced the unusual task of jumping their two Nations Cup rounds over two different courses in two different arenas. But nothing could throw the Danish contingent off their stride and, boldly leading the way at the halfway stage, they stood firm to confidently earn their place in the top-level series next season.
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 – www.feitv.org
ROLEX SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER…..by Louise Parkes
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.
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.
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.
We discuss the US and Canadian eventing team Final Selection Trials in Georgia – GO JESSIE! Also, eventer captain Geoff Curran, a late and somewhat controversial addition to the Irish Eventing Team, and Anneli Silverstolpe of the Swedish Reining Team. Listen in….
2010 Radio Show Episode 109 by SUCCEED – Show Notes and Links:
Hosts: Samantha Clark and Glenn the Geek
Photo: Isabell Silverstolpe of the Swedish Reining Team.
Guest: Martha Murdock – Arabian Giveaway
Guest: Captain Geoff Curran – named 2nd reserve to Irish Team, recently finished 17th at Burghley, coming to WEG.
Guest: Anneli Silverstolpe – Chef of the Swedish Reining Team
It was all about the upper levels today at the 2010 Land Rover/USEA American Eventing Championships. Five divisions including Advanced, Intermediate, and all three Preliminary divisions show jumped today in the beautiful arenas at Chattahoochee Hills.
The Advanced show jumping was the first to go in the Grand Prix arena this morning. The WEG Short Listed riders who did not run cross-country yesterday show jumped both before and after the actual competition which created a different atmosphere in the arena. After the dust settled, overnight leader Becky Holder and Courageous Comet knocked only a single rail during the Marc Donovan designed course. However, they had a rail in hand over the two competitors nipping at their heels, Nate Chambers and Will Faudree, and the experienced pair remained gracefully atop the leaderboard.
“I’m so proud of him,” sighed Holder happily after her round. “The show jumping has always been rough for me. I always get rattled in there and get in a hurry… but we’ve both come a long way.”