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Mollie Bailey

September 5, 2014

People of the World Games: Working The Trade Fair

We met Lucie Aguila at the Normandy Regional Equitation Committee stand in the Games Village, among the most popular stops for the youngest equestrians at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Aguila was helping children get some hands on experience, helping them brush a pony on hand, learn about different kinds of feed and Velcro the correct name of part of a horse onto a board. 

September 5, 2014

People of the World Games: Supporting Two Nations At Once

On Day 1 of eventing dressage, we met a group of British fans at the Alltech Kentucky Bar at the Alltech Games Village. They were watching the dressage on a huge screen set up outside and drinking exactly one beer an hour each as they followed the competition and jokingly critiqued the riders’ top hats (William Fox-Pitts: elegant and proper; one of the Swedes: far too tall, Tim Price: just right.) We caught up with Lucy Allison, her husband Shaun Allison and their daughter Sophie, as well as Sophie’s student, Jacqui Vaughan.

September 5, 2014

A Patriotic Gift Jumpstarts A Young Brazilian’s Career

Marlon Módolo Zanotelli knows he’s one of the luckiest riders out there. The 26-year-old Brazilian got the ride on Clouwni, his partner at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, thanks to a bout of unexpected patriotism, and he’s taking full advantage of the opportunity, sitting 11th after three days of competition.

September 4, 2014

People Of The World Games: Mélie Philippot And Xavier Cononne

What do you get when you put together a crabby miniature stallion, a patient trainer and a whole lot of creativity? An amazing act that’s enchanted spectators across Europe. Experienced circus trainer Mélie Philippot dresses Luna as a lion, complete with a mane and ears, a braided tail and a nose-shaped muzzle. Dressed as a gladiator, Philippot shows off Luna the Lion’s impressive liberty work, including airs above the ground, jumping through a ring of “fire” and a variety of tricks. 

September 4, 2014

Scott Brash Withdraws From World Games

After two days of competition, British rider Scott Brash has elected to withdraw from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen, France. The rider, who has been ranked No. 1 in the Longines FEI World Rankings for the last 10 months and helped Great Britain win team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, competed Hello Sanctos in the first two rounds of competition. The team from Great Britain did not qualify for today’s team final, which kicks off at 3:15 p.m. CEST. Brash was the sole British rider to earn the chance to continue as an individual, and he sat 36th.

August 31, 2014

Flarida Leads U.S. Sweep Of Reining Individual Medals

Aug. 30—Caen, France

Shawn Flarida added a fifth gold medal to his collection at last night’s individual reining final at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, leading a U.S. sweep of the medal podium.

His score of 233.5 on Spooks Gotta Whiz edged out Andrea Fappani’s Custom Cash Advance, with Mandy McCutcheon earning bronze on Yellow Jersey.

August 29, 2014

Auffarth and Germany On Top Heading Into Cross-Country Day, Team USA In Third

Aug. 29—Haras du Pin, France

After two days of eventing dressage, the best was saved for last at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo put in a stellar test to score 35.2 and strengthen Germany’s lead over New Zealand heading into tomorrow’s cross-country. She edged ahead of Great Britain's William Fox-Pitt (Chilli Morning), and Jock Paget’s midday ride on Clifton Promise put that Kiwi in overall third.

August 28, 2014

Pearson Produces Another Individual Gold For Great Britain

Aug. 28—Caen, France

Four years ago para-dresage rider Lee Pearson earned the individual Grade Ib gold medal for Great Britain, and at this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, he managed the same result. This time around Pearson tacked up Zion, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Flemming H to score a 77.31 percent.

August 28, 2014

Updated: Horse Dies During World Games Endurance Competition

Sartilly, France—Aug. 28

Costa Rican combination Claudia Romero Chacon and Dorado suffered a fall during the first loop of the endurance competition of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games shortly after 8:30 a.m. local time. The pair fell 13.6 km. into the course, just 400 meters before the first checkpoint. Dorado died instantly. Romero has undergone surgery for fractures and internal injuries and is reported in serious but stable condition.

August 26, 2014

U.S. Reiners Storm Normandy To Take Team Gold

Team USA has claimed reining gold since the sport joined the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2002. And this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games squad of Andrea Fappani, Mandy McCutcheon, Shawn Flarida and Jordan Larson continued that tradition, winning over Belgium. Austria’s Martin Mühlstätter’s strong run on Wimpys Little Buddy, which put him in equal second individually with McCutcheon and Fappani, boosted that team to bronze.

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