USA Horses Look Strong at Show Jumping Horse Inspection

October 3, 2010

Lexington, KY – Team USA jogged its horses this morning during a rainy horse inspection for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Jogging in alphabetical order by country, the U.S. had to wait through a long list that totaled 137 horses from 40 countries.

All five U.S. horses were accepted and will now wait for tomorrow’s competition. The team is made up of Laura Kraut and Cedric, Lauren Hough and Quick Study, McLain Ward and Sapphire, Candice King and Skara Glen’s Davos, and Mario Deslauriers and Urico.
Only two horses—one from Belgium and one from Canada—were held and will be re-inspected tomorrow morning before the competition begins. In total, 26 countries will attempt for a team medal.

Since the first WEG in 1990, the Germans and the French have dominated the gold medals with two each, and Belgium, Brazil, Ireland and The Netherlands have each earned one. In WEG competition the U.S. has earned individual bronze in 2002 and individual and team silver in 2006.

WEG Jumping official include: technical delegate Frank Rothenberger (GBR); course designer Conrad Homfeld (USA); course architect Richard Jeffery (GBR); chief steward Karen Golding (USA); president of the ground jury Jon Doney (GBR); ground jury members Kim Morrison (CAN), Linda Allen (USA), and Michael Detemple (BRA); and appeals president Yolanda Matallana Trivino Olga (COL).

The speed competition begins October 4 at 10 a.m. in the main stadium and continues at 2:30 p.m.

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