October 6, 2010 – Lexington, KY – British riders have traditionally dominated the medals at the Para Dressage World Championships, and Sophie Wells lived up to that history by taking individual gold in the grade IV individual test, aboard the flashy chestnut Dutch Warmblood, Pinocchio. Her score of 71.677 percent gave her the definitive lead over the Netherlands’ Frank Hosmar, and Denmark’s Henrik Weber Sibbesen at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
“I was quite pleased with my test,” said Wells, 20. “ My horse was a little difficult to warm up, but I thought that the trot work was actually quite good. He came against me a little bit when I picked up the canter after the walk, but then he came back to me again, which was good. When we were in here on Monday, he was quite distracted by the open corners, but today he was much better.”
Hosmar, 42, was equally thrilled with his score of 70.129 percent aboard his bay Dutch Warmblood Tiesto.
Daily radio coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games continues with a wrap up of the day’s events. We recap the Para Dressage Individual Team tests and Jumping Team competition today as we record at the International Equestrian Festival in front of a live audience. Listen in.
2010 Radio Show Episode 120 by SUCCEED – Show Notes and Links:
BRITISH DOUBLE ON OPENING DAY OF PARA DRESSAGE by Louise Parkes
Lexington, 5 October – Great Britain scored a double on the opening day of the Para Dressage Championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA today, while riders from Holland, Germany and Belgium also topped their divisional contests. Lee Pearson, a living legend of the Para Dressage world, clinched the Grade 1b Team Test honours with his nine year old gelding, Gentleman, while fellow-Briton, Anne Dunham, steered Teddy into pole position in Grade 1a.
Para Dressage has been included in the FEI World Equestrian Games for the first time in Kentucky, and the big question is whether any of the other competing nations can beat break the British stranglehold. Great Britain has won team gold in every championship since the sport began.
Para-Dressage, which joined the FEI disciplines in 2006, provides riders with physical disabilities the opportunity to compete in high performance equestrian sport alongside able-bodied riders from all over the world. The FEI was one of the first international governing bodies to regulate sport for both able-bodied and disabled athletes.
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.
Swiss based Australian rider Hayley Beresford makes her debut on the show this week as she continues her WEG campaign and Developing Rider Laura Graves tells her story of how she made her way in the sport. Catherine Haddad is in the co-host chair with some helpful advice. Listen in.
Dressage Radio Episode 58 – WEG-Bound Hayley Beresford & Developing Rider Laura Graves:
News: US Para-Dressage riders held their WEG Final Selection Trials this past weekend at Lamplight in Illinois.
Long List for the USEF Para-Dressage 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Rebecca Hart Robin Brueckmann Laura Goldman Susan Treabess Holly Bergay Jonathon Wentz Wendy Fryke Jennifer Baker Mary Jordan Kim Decker Erin Alberda Kathryn Groves Barbara Grassmyer Kim Jones Elizabeth Pigott