|Team Gold for the United Arab Emirates (Kit Houghton/Fei)|
After their riders finished third, sixth and seventh individually in the Endurance World Championships, presented by Meydan, the United Arab Emirates today accepted their team gold medals in the Main Stadium at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
|New mother Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton displays the Individual Gold Medal for Endurance (Kit Houghton/Fei)|
Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton, the individual gold medalist, also trained her mount, Nobby, in Newmarket since Punti-Dachs is her husband. She gave birth to their daughter, Maria Punti-Alvarez, just seven weeks ago. “I feel no different today than after any other ride,” she said. “The only difference was that I could not sleep all night because I had to feed the baby.”
|Team France celebrates their Silver Medal (Kit Houghton/Fei)|
The French team members were Sarah Chakil, Virgnie Atger and Cecile Miletto Mosti. Hanaba du Bois, the horse ridden by Jean-Philippe Frances of France to fourth place, earned the best-condition award, determined this morning by the ride’s veterinarians.
|Jubilant Team Germany enjoys their Bronze Medal-winning moment (Kit Houghton/Fei)|
The German team members were Gabriela Foster, Sabrina Arnold and Belinda Hitzler.
|The 2010 Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games Endurance Medalists (Kit Houghton/Fei)|
With a 55-percent completion rate (55 finishers of 100 starters)—the highest completion rate ever for an endurance championship at the World Games— riders and team officials hailed the 100-mile course around the Kentucky Horse Park as a great success. The course crossed land owned by 26 different owners and passed through 256 gates, all of which had to be manned by officials or volunteers to control equine, pedestrian and vehicular traffic.