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.
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.
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.
Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet, Steve Cauthen, Pat Day and Calvin Borel available for autographs
Lexington, KY (September 29, 2010) – The Pre-Vent Feeders International Equestrian Festival presented by HRTV today announced several special appearances planned to showcase Kentucky’s proud Thoroughbred heritage. Autograph sessions by legendary jockeys Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet, Steve Cauthen, Pat Day and Calvin Borel, and a special signing by Kate Tweedy of her book, “Secretariat’s Meadow,” take place at the Horze stage and display at the International Equestrian Festival, which runs now through October 10 at the downtown Lexington Convention Center.
Sunday, October 3
1:30 p.m. – Triple Crown winning jockeys Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet and Steve Cauthen will share with festival goers reflections on their celebrated careers.
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet and Steve Cauthen autograph session
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.”
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:
Guest Co-Host Chrissy Joy brings back two of our favorite guests, Dressage Rider Reese Koffler-Stanfield and Jockey Frankie Lavato. Learn whether Reese’s marriage survived the building of a new barn and Frankie fills us in on a new DVD he has called “What It Takes to Be a Jockey”. Listen in.
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:
At the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, reining’s individual gold goes to U.S.A.’s Tom McCutcheon.
The American Quarter Horse Journal — All week, U.S. reiner Tom McCutcheon has been trying to keep his mount, Gunners Special Nite, fresh and happy. Thursday afternoon, the 6-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion returned the favor by turning in a score of 228 in the individual finals at the FEI Reining World Championship, presented by John Deere, held as part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. It was enough to earn the gold medal by a margin of five points.
“I knew he was pretty special tonight,” McCutcheon said. “I felt pressure, for sure, because (I) wanted to do him justice. He’s a great little horse.”
Earlier in the week, McCutcheon and his horse helped the U.S. team to a gold medal in the team reining competition. Gunners Special Nite is by Colonels Smoking Gun and is out of Mifs Doll by Mifillena. He is the 2007 National Reining Horse Association Futurity intermediate open champion and has $194,237 in NRHA lifetime earnings
Lexington, Ky., Sept. 30, 2010 — All week, U.S. reiner Tom McCutcheon has been trying to keep his mount, Gunners Special Nite, fresh and happy. Thursday afternoon, the 6-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion returned the favor by turning in a score of 228 in the individual finals at the FEI Reining World Championship, presented by John Deere, held as part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The score was enough to earn the individual gold medal by a margin of 5 points.
“I knew he was pretty special tonight,” McCutcheon said. “I felt pressure, for sure, because I wanted to do him justice. He’s a great little horse.”
Earlier in the week, McCutcheon and his horse helped the U.S. team to a gold medal in the team reining competition. Gunners Special Nite is sired by Colonels Smoking Gun and is out of Mifs Doll by Mifillena. He is the 2007 National Reining Horse Association Futurity intermediate open champion and has $194,237 in NRHA lifetime earnings
Lexington, Ky., Sept. 30, 2010 — Simone Deitermann and Ingrid Klimke of Germany set the standard today in the first day of dressage in the Eventing World Championships, presented by Reem Acra, at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Deitermann, 29, scored 36.00 penalties aboard Free Easy NRW. Klimke scored 41.30 penalties aboard FRH Butts Abraxxas. Deitermann, competing in her first World Games, is riding as an individual, while Klimke, a veteran of several previous World Games and Olympics, has put the German team in first place. Combined with Dirk Schrade’s score of 42.50 on Gadget de la Cere, Germany stands in first place (83.8), ahead of Australia (91.0), Sweden (91.7), Great Britain (93.2) and the United States (96.5).
William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain rode Cool Mountain into third place (42.00), just ahead of Schrade. Fifth-placed Paul Tapner is leading the Australian charge (43.80).