The 2010 Games will begin September 25 with the Reining competition and Opening Ceremonies. Endurance will be held on September 26. The Dressage competition will begin September 27 and will end on October 1 with the sold-out Dressage Freestyle.
Definite entries for Driving, Eventing, Jumping, Para-Dressage and Vaulting will be available within the coming days.
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.
6 August 2010 – Racehorse Olympic Medal, owned by Her Majesty The Queen, trained by Roger Charlton and ridden by Jim Crowley, is due to run in the 4.30pm race at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Sunday, 8th August 2010.
Participating in the Football Furlong raceday means that following the draw, Olympic Medal will be representing Birmingham as part of the PFA-partnered Premiership football-themed raceday, and will instead run in the yellow and blue silks bearing the number eight on the back of the silks instead of Her Majesty’s famous colours (purple body with gold braid, scarlet sleeves and black velvet cap with gold fringe).
Champion Jockey partners Arsenal, Spurs and Man Utd
Following the draw, Champion Jockey – Ryan Moore – will be partnering horses representing Villa, Arsenal, Spurs, Man Utd, Stoke and West Ham in Sunday’s PFA Football Furlong Raceday.
Las Vegas, NV – September 16, 2010 – The 2010 High Roller Reining Classic (HRRC) runs this week, and the highlight events on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, will be featured on Equestrian Life at www.equestrianlife.com/highroller. The High Roller Reining Classic is held at the one-of-a- kind hotel, casino, and equestrian center South Point in Las Vegas, Nevada. Live coverage of the High Roller Reining Classic on Equestrian Life will begin with the Non Pro Derby on Friday, September 17, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST and resume with the Open Derby on Saturday, September 18, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST.
Equestrian Life is celebrating its second anniversary as the media partner for the High Roller Reining Classic and will once again provide live streaming video coverage of the Futurity, Non Pro Derby and Open Derby classes free of charge at www.equestrianlife.com. One of Equestrian Life’s most popular events, HRRC attracted over 10,000 online viewers in 2009.
A simple, free registration on www.equestrianlife.com/highroller is all it takes to get cutting-edge coverage of the High Roller Reining Classic from the talented team at Equestrian Life. In addition, viewers will be able to participate in live chats with other fans and members while the derbies are being streamed online right from the same webpage.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”