Equestrian teams to shine in Kentucky at the Alltech World Equestrian Games

Monday, September 27, 2010

Equestrian teams are ready to take on the world at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky (USA). Competition has started Saturday September 25th and will continue until 10 October. The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY will host the sixth FEI World Equestrian Games, now called Alltech World Equestrian Games. These Kentucky Games are the very first taken place outside of Europe. They represent the most prestigious Equestrian sporting event ever held in the United States and the largest sporting event in the Unites States this year. There are no less than 58 national federations fielding teams or sending individual competitors, with more than 800 athletes and 900 horses and an estimated television audience of 460,000,000. Host country the USA, Australia and Germany are the three nations to be represented in all eight disciplines.

The largest commercial airlift of horses ever undertaken for a single event departed from Belgium last week heading to the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Almost 450 horses departed and still will depart Europe between the 16th and 29th of September. Ten specially constructed charter flights left from Belgium's Liege airport and the Amsterdam airport over a two week period. In addition horses departing from Europe, 19 horses from Australia and 35 from South America have flown into the United States in the last week for the Games.

The Australian cargo that was being flown out with the horses on their long journey from Sydney to Auckland, Hong Kong and Anchorage to Los Angeles and then to Kentucky, was re-palleted to make handling on arrival at the venue easier. This led to it being broken up into several lots that arrived over two days at all hours of the day (and night), but all has since been accounted for.

The first event, the Reining Team competition with three times Olympic gold medalist dressage Anky van Grunsven in it, has started before the Openings Ceremony already at Saturday 25th.

The Endurance Team and Individual competition will begin on Sunday while dressage will start with the team competition Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th.

A lot of nations have taken extra efforts to give some sights behind the scenes. We'll name a few. For the first time, Equestrian Australia is producing behind the scenes videos which will be hosted online throughout the Games. Aussie riders Hamish Cargill and Dave Cameron are following the Australian team at the World Equestrian Games. please see the AET web to watch the videos titled Hamish and Dave's Kentucky Adventures.