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2010 Radio Show Episode 125 by SUCCEED – Final Day of WEG Coverage


Daily radio coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games continues with a wrap up of the day’s events. We recap the Jumping Rolex Top Four results, Para Dressage Individual Freestyle, Combined Driving Obstacles final results, Vaulting Freestyle Team Finals competition today as we record at the International Equestrian Festival in front of a live audience. Listen in.

2010 Radio Show Episode 125 by SUCCEED – Show Notes and Links:


  • Coverage: Follow all the coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on the Horse Radio Network.

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USA Claims Gold in Vaulting World Championships at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

October 10, 2010 – Lexington, KY – If you asked the Team USA vaulters how they were feeling this afternoon, they’d answer with a chorus of screams. They feel that good, because they pulled out a come-from-behind win to earn the team gold medal at the Vaulting World Championships, held as part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

“We really connected today — we looked each other in the eye,” said team member and coach Devon Maitozo. “Our horse was just beautiful, and we had the love of the audience with us, which helped. We just were in our bodies today.”

Today was a contrast from the previous team freestyle competition on Friday, when two team members fell from their horse, because, said Maitozo, the team horse, Palatine, was spooky in the arena. The U.S. team had led after the compulsory exercises, but then dropped to third place after the fall, behind Germany and Austria.

To prepare for Sunday’s round, Maitozo said, “We made a different plan for the horse and for ourselves. We took a step back from the intensity of the energy before. We really calmed ourselves down, collected ourselves, and the horse had a longer warm-up but a much more calm warm-up.”

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 Day 16 Vaulting Championships

The host nation claimed the Team title in the Vaulting Championships at the WEG today. Pictured on the podium are (centre) USA - gold, (left) Germany - silver, and (right) Austria - bronze. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

USA SCOOPS VAULTING TEAM TITLE by Louise Parkes

Lexington, 10 October – The host nation held their nerve and really rose to the occasion today to win the Team title in the Vaulting Championships at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA.  On Friday their Freestyle routine fell apart when their horse, Palatine, became anxious in the arena and they had to settle for third place as a result.  But today it all came together beautifully, and to the theme of Romeo and Juliet, with Rosalind Ross and Devon Maitozo playing the lead roles, they rocketed back up the leaderboard to steal gold.

Silver went to Germany while Austria took bronze, and the Swiss team slotted into fourth ahead of France in fifth and Brazil in sixth. A total of 12 nations competed.

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Vaulting has been a major crowd-puller at the Kentucky Horse Park, and the sport looks set to go from strength to strength in the US having received extensive coverage throughout the week in the media.  Maitozo said the benefit of highlighting it through inclusion in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games has been immeasurable – “This has been an amazing opportunity to put our sport on the map in the US,” he pointed out.

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 Day 15 Vaulting Championships

Joanne Eccles, pictured with her father John who is her longeur, took Individual Female gold in the Vaulting Championships at the WEG today. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

ECCLES AND LOOSER TAKE INDIVIDUAL VAULTING TITLES by Louise Parkes

Lexington, 9 October – Great Britain’s Joanne Eccles and Switzerland’s Patric Looser claimed the Female and Male Individual titles in the Vaulting Championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA today. Eccles earned the second-highest score in today’s Freestyle with her ‘Candle in the Wind’ routine and this clinched the overall Female gold, having led after yesterday’s Technical test.

Frenchman Nicolas Andreani won today’s Male Freestyle, but Looser’s spaceman routine kept him in top spot in the Male contest, while 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games champion Kai Vorberg from Germany had to settle for silver this time around ahead of Andreani in bronze.  Looser was overwhelmed by his victory. “I can’t tell you how I feel,” he said during the emotionally-charged post competition press conference.  “Kai is my training partner and he has made me into what I am – I just tried to relax and to be clear in my Freestyle today, I can hardly believe this, it feels strange,” he added.

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Eccles and Looser Score Individual Medals in World Vaulting Championships at WEG

October 9, 2010 – Lexington, KY – Joanne Eccles gave Great Britain its first-ever World Equestrian Games medal in vaulting, as she won gold in the female individual division of the Vaulting World Championships, held as part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Patric Looser of Switzerland bested his friend and teacher, Kai Vorberg of Germany, to win the gold medal in the male individual division.

“I think I’m a little bit stunned,” said Eccles, the 2009 European champion. “I was really pleased with my performance today, but the other girls are so strong, and they all went so well. I think it’s going to take a while for it to sink in.”

Eccles’ composite score over four days of competition was 8.413.

Eccles, 21, has her father, John, as her longeur, and her sister, Hannah, as a coach. Their mother, Jane, also supports the family effort. Eccles vaulted on W.H. Bentley, a 16-year-old French warmblood-Dale pony cross, whom the Eccles family has owned for the past 11 years.

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2010 Radio Show Episode 123 by SUCCEED – Driving, Vaulting and Land Rovers


We were all over the park today covering driving dressage and vaulting. We have audio clips for you from both and a little fun too! Listen in.

2010 Radio Show Episode 123 by SUCCEED – Show Notes and Links:

  • Hosts: Samantha Clark and Glenn the Geek
  • Location: The International Equestrian Festival in downtown Lexington.
    Recording at 7:00 PM every night. Stop down and join us.
  • Guest: Mike and Jerry McClennan
  • Guest: Joshua Rector‘s mother Shirley Rector.
  • Guest: Rochelle Steabler
  • Guest: Kai Vorberg
  • Guest: Joanne Eccles
  • Guest: British Vaulting Squad
  • Coverage: Follow all the coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on the Horse Radio Network.

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 Day 14 Vaulting Championships

Great Britain's Joanne Eccles won the Individual Female Technical Test in the Vaulting Championships at the WEG today. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

GERMANY WINS ROUND ONE OF TEAM FREESTYLE, LOOSER AND ECCLES TOP TECHNICAL TESTS by Louise Parkes

Lexington, 8 October – The German team, ably assisted by longeur Alexander Hartl, won the first round of the Freestyle while Great Britain’s Joanne Eccles and Switzerland’s Patrick Looser topped the Technical Tests in the Vaulting Championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA today.

Germany finished with a score of 7.698 to pin Austria back into second place, and for the host nation there was deep disappointment.  The American team, leading after the Compulsory Test, had to interrupt their Romeo and Juliet themed Freestyle when a movement fell apart. There were no apparent injuries however and they went on to complete their test but had to settle for third in the Freestyle and third overall.

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2010 Radio Show Episode 122 by SUCCEED – Para, Driving and Vaulting. Whew, What a Day


Daily radio coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games continues with a wrap up of the day’s events. We recap the Jumping Team Finals, Para Dressage Individual Championship Tests, Combined Driving Dressage and Vaulting Individual Freestyle today as we record at the International Equestrian Festival in front of a live audience. Listen in.

2010 Radio Show Episode 122 by SUCCEED – Show Notes and Links:

  • Hosts: Samantha Clark and Glenn the Geek
  • Location: The International Equestrian Festival in downtown Lexington.
    Recording at 7:00 PM every night. Stop down and join us.
  • Guest: John Freiburger
  • Guest: Gavin Robson
  • Guest: Doug Orr
  • Coverage: Follow all the coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on the Horse Radio Network.

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 Day 13 Vaulting Championships

Germany's Simone Wiegele heads the leaderboard after today's Female Individual Freestyle Vaulting Championship at the Alltech FEI WEG. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.

WIEGELE AND LOOSER HEAD VAULTING RANKINGS AFTER FREESTYLE by Louise Parkes

Lexington, 7 October – The Alltech Arena at the Horse Park in Kentucky, USA was packed to capacity today for the first round of the Male and Female Freestyle Vaulting Championships at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  And a superb performance from Germany’s Simone Wiegele clinched pole position in the Female division while Switzerland’s Patric Looser now heads the Male Freestyle leaderboard. Scores from yesterday’s Compulsory Test and today’s Freestyle decide the current standings.

The crowd really got involved with every test, hardly able to contain their enthusiasm until the end when, time after time, they burst into waves of spontaneous applause as the 20 Male, and 33 Female vaulters put on quite a show.

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U.S. Team Leads the Way in Vaulting World Championships at 2010 Alltech FEI WEG

October 6, 2010 – Lexington, KY – The Vaulting World Championships swung into action today at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, with the compulsory portion of both team and individual competition being contested at the Alltech Arena.

At day’s end, the U.S. team held the highest score (7.207), followed by Germany (6.996) and Austria (6.990). Switzerland (6.880) and France (6.594) rounded out the top five. Team freestyle continues on Friday, with the final freestyle round on Sunday.

Vaulting combines gymnastic and dance elements, performed to music on a cantering horse. A longeur, who controls the horse, completes the three-way partnership, and harmony between all participants is imperative. Vaulting has been an FEI-recognized discipline since 1983.

Although there is a lot of competition left before medals are awarded, the Americans are happy with their inaugural performance on home soil.

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