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September 5, 2014

People Of The World Games: Combining Work With Pleasure

Where can you find the American spectators at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games? Hanging out at the Alltech bar, of course! Betsy Minton and Shawna Dietrich of Dietrich Equine Insurance joined Susan McIlwain and pairs pony driver Wendy O'Brien for a quick stop for some libations before continuing their trip through the amazing trade fair.

September 3, 2014

De Miranda Jumps For Redemption

Sept. 3—Caen, France   

Yesterday Doda de Miranda hit bottom, literally. The popular Brazilian rider fell off Ad Rahmannshof’s Bogeno and was eliminated in the speed round at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. But he rallied today to jump an emotional clear round over a tough course.

September 2, 2014

France Leads With U.S. Team Third After World Games Speed Leg

Sept. 2—Caen, France   

Thrills and spills ruled the Michel d’Ornano stadium as 153 show jumping competitors from around the globe galloped through the ring at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

At day’s end Irish teenager Bertram Allen, 19, turned in the fastest round on Molly Malone V in 77.01 seconds, with Frenchman Patrice Delaveau right behind him on Orient Express HDC on 77.18 to put the home team atop the leaderboard on Day 1.

August 31, 2014

Auffarth Leads German Gold Medal Charge In World Games Eventing

Caen, FranceAug. 31 

World, meet Sandra Auffarth. Soft spoken and shy, she’s stood in the shadow of reigning world and Olympic champion Michael Jung for years. Sure she won individual silver at the 2011 European Championships and individual bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games for Germany, in addition to team gold at both events, but despite all that, she’s flown under the radar due to her wunderkind teammate.

August 30, 2014

Germany Perseveres And Fox-Pitt Leads On Grueling World Games Cross-Country Day

Aug. 30—Haras du Pin, France 

“Every footfall for 11 minutes was hard work.” Thus spoke Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt, the leader after cross-country in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games aboard Chilli Morning.

The difficult conditions were no surprise after persistent rain soaked the area around the track at Haras du Pin for days leading up to cross-country. The organizers worked feverishly to improve the situation, draining the course, taking a loop off along with two fences, and reducing the time from 11:30 to 10:30.

August 30, 2014

Martin Shines And U.S. Event Team Will Live To Fight Another Day At World Games

Aug. 30—Haras du Pin, France   

The U.S. team came into the cross-country portion of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in good spirits with high expectations. Although they’d drawn first in the order, it seemed like that might even be an advantage given that everyone expected the water-logged footing to deteriorate over the day.

But the team members couldn’t catch a break, as rider after rider ran into trouble.

August 28, 2014

Germany Leads Eventing, But It’s Anyone’s Game

Aug. 28—Haras du Pin, France

If there was one refrain repeated in every interview today, it was, “This isn’t going to be a dressage competition.”

The results after Day 1 of dressage are not unexpected. Germany slotted into second and third individually with Michael Jung on Fischerrocana FST ahead of Ingrid Klimke on FRH Escada JS to take the team lead.

August 28, 2014

The Helmeted World Games

People will remember the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, for all kinds of reasons, but one thing that won’t show up in the records is that it was the first major international games to feature serious helmet use in the dressage.

August 18, 2014

Ringside Chat With Caroline Roffman: Disappointed But Moving Forward

Highs and lows don’t begin to describe the year Caroline Roffman has experienced. She competed in her first international Grand Prix with her mare Her Highness O in February, then qualified for the U.S. Dressage Festival Of Champions (N.J.), and made the short list for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which took her to Europe with her potential teammates.

June 22, 2014

Sapphire Passes Away From Colic

Sapphire, the magnificent mare McLain Ward rode to two Olympic team gold medals and World Games team silver, died on June 22 due to complications of colic. She was 19.

Sapphire was born in Belgium and didn’t start her show jumping career until she was 6. The Belgian Warmblood mare (Darco—Idjaz C, Hedjaz) had two foals before beginning her competition career with Sofie van Bunder, the daughter of her breeder, Walter van Bunder.

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