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1 2 The 2010 World Equestrian Games US singer Wynonna Judd performed “My Old Kentucky Home” before the excited crowd as the red sun set over Legends, athletes, stars of stage and screen and the man the stadium. Athletes from 58 countries featured in affectionately known as “The Greatest” - global sporting the parade of nations similar to that of Olympic Games. and humanitarian icon Muhammad Ali, contributed to Australia was one of only three nations to field teams in the spectacular opening of the 2010 Alltech FEI World all eight competitions. Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Horse Park in Kentucky competed in mock races, US Hall of Fames rider and USA entered the arena in a classic Cadillac. twice Kentucky Derby winner Chris McCarron aptly won Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie’s appearance at the the race. Famous Kentucky actor William Shatner drove opening ceremony was to inspire awareness and support a cart pulled by one of his own Kentucky Saddlebreds. for the recently established Alltech (the global animal health and nutrition company) Muhammad Ali Centre for Eventing Global Education and Charitable Fund and the Muhammad One week into the games, the eventing cross-country day Ali Centre. was the one locals decided to “do it” – the weather was A cast of almost 1,500 people, including vast array of perfect, it was cross-country day and those who aren’t equine talent, combined to provide a programme that even enthusiasts know that cross country is a highlight paid tribute to the Games arrival on American soil with of the Kentucky Horse Park and enjoy horses and riders scenes from the prairie, Broadway, the Wild West and galloping across the park, splashing through water and the Deep South. The show journeyed through the history making breathtaking jumps. of man and horse and explored defining moments in The 60,000 plus record crowd started building early US history and culture, beginning with the heritage of to avoid the traffic jams, as the cross-country got Native Americans and a Prayer for All Nations by Lakota underway you would hear enormous cheers each time chiefs and concluded with a Mardi Gras extravaganza. a horse and rider cleared a jump. You would see locals Completing the celebration was the key ingredient to smile each time the announcer mentioned one of the the World Equestrian Games thrills and excitement - the Kentucky-named jumps in his proper British accent such horse. as Fort Boonesborough, Red River Gorge, Land Between The athletes competing in the eight equestrian disciplines the Lakes. paraded before the packed stands filled with enthusiastic The dressage phase of the three day event saw Australia crowds who enjoyed the two and a half hours in which sitting in 4th place on 131.80 penalties, less than one 40 acts took the stage. Kentucky singer Wynonna penalty behind Sweden, Germany leading from England. Judd, opera stars Denyce Raves, Cynthia Lawrence German Michael Jung led the individual section on 33 and Ronan Tynan, Sara Lee Guthrie, Cherryholmes and penalties from Italian Stefano Brecciaroli on 35.50 and Jazz at Lincoln Centre were some of the other notable German Simone Deitermann 3rd on 36. Best for Australia performers to the music of the 100 piece orchestra from was Victoria’s Sam Griffiths who rode a super dressage the University of Kentucky backed by the 400 members of test to finish in 10th position on 40.80 penalties, less the Games choir. than 7 penalties behind the leader. For the rest of the Federation Equestrian International (FEI) President, HRH Australian squad Paul Tapner was 15th on 43.80, Stuart Princess Haya, officially opened the Games saying “For Tinney 30th on 47.20, Sonja Johnson 34th on 48.80, the first time, the World Equestrian Games have crossed Chris Burton 47th on 52.30 and Peter Atkins 71st on an ocean to bring the best of our sport to another 61.80. Australian team supporters felt quite confident continent. We are witnessing a new beginning that will heading into Saturday’s cross-country. help spread the magic of horse sport and inspire young equestrian athletes to aim for the top.” 1 Paul Tapner at WEG/Franz Venhaus 2 Chris Burton at WEG/Franz Venhaus 3 Stuart Tinney at WEG/ Franz Venhaus 4 Sonja Johnson at WEG/Franz Venhaus 44


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