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2010 WEG Dressage

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While at the WEG, our columnist enjoyed watching a special horse, as well as taking the opportunity to learn from the program used by the Dutch gold medalists.

In the early 1970s, while living in New Hampshire, I remember my mother made what seemed at the time like a pilgrimage when she drove to Saratoga, N.Y., to see Secretariat. Upon her return home, she couldn’t stop talking about him—his special qualities, how he was a “once-in-a-lifetime horse” and how she was so glad she made the effort to see him.

Two Chronicle writers debate whether technical skill should triumph over artistic expression in the dressage freestyle.

Technical
Lisa Slade

I’ll admit to getting carried away during Fuego XII and Juan Manuel Muñoz Diaz’ freestyle at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Although the U.S. team didn’t come away with a team medal, our columnist said things turned out much better than she might have hoped a year ago.

A year ago, looking to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games was not my favorite thing. It loomed large and menacing as I accepted the position as U.S. Equestrian Federation’s technical advisor of dressage. At that time we had few American combinations who appeared ready to meet the challenge presented by the horses I had just judged in the Alltech FEI European Championships.

I’m not a journalist, just writing straight from the heart, so please forgive me if I seem overly positive. I was just really happy the whole time I was at the World Equestrian Games! Plus, I guess any time I see a horse I'm not too picky, just enjoying them!

My time at WEG was fantastic. I got to see many of the people I know and love. The fact that so many I didn't know recognized me and voiced their support was incredible. So touching. The way the staff treated me was amazing; there are benefits to being injured!

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Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 1

While everyone expected Moorlands Totilas and Edward Gal to make a clean sweep of all three dressage medals—Team, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix freestyle— at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, it was still a relief for Gal that he lived up to that heady expectation by capturing the last of that gold medal trio tonight.

Lexington, Ky.—Sept. 29

An individual gold medal for Moorlands Totilas and Edward Gal seemed like a given going into the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, but that didn’t make victory any less sweet for the phenomenal combination from the Netherlands.

Gal scored 85.70 percent, a margin of 4 points over second place and 7 points over third in the Grand Prix Special.

10:04 COINTREAU- Peter Gmoser (AUT)

10:14 LARINA – HÖM –Minna Telde (SWE)

10:24 TWO SOX – Maria Eilberg (GBR)

10:34 EKWADOR- Katarzyna Milczarek (POL)

Lexington, Ky.—Sept. 28

While the Dutch dressage team’s day started horribly with the elimination of Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival for blood in the horse’s mouth, it finished on a considerably higher note—with a team gold medal and the World Championship title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Adelinde Cornelissen, the third rider for the Dutch team, was rung out of the ring early in her Grand Prix test this morning, Sept. 28, at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

After her halt and reinback, ground jury president Stephen Clarke noticed blood in her horse's mouth. Jerich Parzival bit the tip of his tongue during his test.

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