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August 29, 2014

Graves Goes All Out For Top Five Finish In World Games Freestyle

Aug. 29—Caen, France

Most riders who achieve a top five placing at a major championship dream and plan for the competition all year. They lay out their show schedule months in advance; they consider when their horse might peak in his fitness; they plan travel.

Laura Graves? She only found out she was coming to Europe a few months ago—in fact just a few days before her horse’s plane left. And she had no expectations for her placing here at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

August 29, 2014

Another Gold—And Fun—For Dujardin In Freestyle

Caen, France—Aug. 29

She holds multiple world records, and she's won Olympic gold, European Championships gold, the FEI World Cup Final, and now two individual World Games gold medals. What’s next for Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro?

August 28, 2014

Yamamah Perseveres On Tough World Games Endurance Day

Sartilly, France—Aug. 28

On a day that saw only 35 finishers out of 166 starters, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum on Yamamah swept the 100-mile endurance race at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with a time (8:08:28) more than 10 minutes faster than his closest competitor. The Netherlands’ Marijka Visser on Laiza de Jalima was silver, and Qatar’s Abdulrahman Saad A.S. Sulaiteen took bronze. Spain’s team earned gold, while France was silver and Switzerland bronze.

August 27, 2014

Charlotte’s Ferrari, Valegro, Gets Another Gold

Caen, France—Aug. 27

Throughout her Grand Prix Special, Charlotte Dujardin could hear the crowd gasping in unison. They gasped when she earned 10s for her extended trot, and the numbers flashed on the leaderboard. They gasped when her score briefly hovered over 90 percent. Then they really gasped when Valegro stopped before his first piaffe for a brief bathroom break, and then again when Dujardin missed her last two tempi.

August 27, 2014

Laura Graves Makes A Big Splash In World Games Grand Prix Special

Caen, France—Aug. 27  

Steffen Peters has been the king of U.S. dressage for many years, but even he saw that he might have to turn over his crown. After yesterday’s Grand Prix, Steffen Peters mentioned that a time could soon come that Laura Graves and Verdades surpass him and Legolas 92 with the scores.

That day came sooner than Peters perhaps expected today in the Grand Prix Special at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

August 26, 2014

Germany Secures Sixth World Games Dressage Gold

Aug. 26—Caen, France

What do you get when you put together a team that includes a five-time Olympic gold medalist riding a horse she thinks might be the best of her career, an FEI World Cup Dressage Final winner, and an Olympian capable of scoring 80 percent? You get an Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games gold medal—and you get it with a healthy margin.

August 25, 2014

Germany Dominates Day 1 Dressage At The World Games

Caen, France—Aug. 25

There’s a saying that you don’t need luck if you’re good enough. And then there’s the German team at this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which has been dealt a fair share of bad luck. They lost star Totilas to lameness last week, and then they drew the first spot here for the Grand Prix team competition—meaning Fabienne Lutkemeier on D’Agostina FRH started the tests at 8 a.m.

August 24, 2014

Get To Know Your U.S. Dressage World Games Team

This year’s qualification circuit for the U.S. Dressage Team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games wasn’t without drama. Jan Ebeling elected to retire his 2012 London Olympic Games partner Rafalca—ranked third after the selection trials held in Gladstone, N.J., in June—and the pair returned from Europe without competing there.

August 21, 2014

Edward Gal Withdraws Glock’s Undercover From World Games

Top Dutch dressage rider Edward Gal announced today, Aug. 21, that he won’t compete Glock’s Undercover at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

August 20, 2014

Totilas Withdrawn From World Games

The German Dressage Team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games now won’t include superstar stallion Totilas, ridden by Matthias Rath. According to a press release from the German equestrian federation, Totilas was withdrawn due to a painful reaction to an already-existing bone spur that showed up during team training.

“After consultation with the leadership team, the vet team and the rider decided not to, for the sake of the horse, participate in the World Equestrian Games,” stated the press release.

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