Monday, October 11, 2010

WEG Closing Ceremony: Governor and First Lady celebrate successful closing of World Equestrian Games Kentucky will benefit for years to come

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2010) – As the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games come to a close, Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear today expressed their appreciation to all those who helped make the games held at the Kentucky Horse Park an overwhelming success.


 On the Para Dressage podium on the final day of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky, USA - the medallists from the Freestyle Grade 4 Championship - (left to right) Michele George BEL (silver), (centre) Sophie Wells GBR (gold) and (right) Frank Hosmar NED (bronze)

Para Dressage rider Sophie Wells claimed Grade 4 Freestyle gold to put Great Britain at the top of the medal table as the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ came to a close at the Horse Park in Kentucky, USA today having attracted a massive attendance of over 500,000 spectators to the 16-day extravaganza. The British Para squad have been in fantastic form, scooping six individuals gold medals along with the team title.  And Wells steered her 13 year old gelding Pinocchio to victory today despite a glitch in her test. 

WEG Driving: Facts, Figures, and Quotes

Boyd Exell (AUS):
“IJsbrand and I have been competing neck-and-neck all season and it just depends on who is in best shape on the weekend to decide who wins. It is a great feeling to have won the gold, but I don’t really realize it yet. I enjoy working with horses and to be able to put the icing on the cake and win a World Championship is just fantastic.”

WEG Driving: Audio Link for Boyd Excell (AUS) Interview

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Boyd Exell (Aus) Individual Driving Gold

WEG Driving: GOLD AT LAST FOR EXELL by Cindy Timmer

Boyd Exell (AUS) finally claimed the World Four-in-Hand Driving title he has been craving when winning at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky today. Photo: FEI/Rinaldo de Craen

Boyd Exell from Australia has been on the hunt for a gold medal in four-in-hand driving for many years and at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky it finally came together for him. After a World Record dressage test and third place in the marathon, Exell drove a safe cones course and won his first individual gold medal. Dutch driver IJsbrand Chardon took the silver; with the bronze going to USA’s Tucker Johnson. The Dutch team won the gold, ahead of the USA and Germany.

WEG Driving: Exell Makes Australian History In Driving World Championships At Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Boyd Excell (AUS) the new World Champion driving four in hand Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Lexington - Kentucky 2010 © Dirk Caremans
Lexington, KY—Boyd Exell accomplished something today that no other Australian has ever done at a previous Driving World Championships—he won the individual gold medal, at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.