The Ride to Lexington: Cross-Country

Eventers from team USA and team Canada on their way to the 2010 WEG (World Equestrian Games) in Lexington, Kentucky – and a few others from Argentina, Ecuador, Holland and Mexico who’ve competed in the US recently. From my archives. At the 2010 WEG Tipperary Liadhnan and Mr. Wiseguy were withdrawn before inspection and Azteca was spun from the opening jog. This was obviously a big disappointment to the riders but eventing requires a partnership and it don’t work if the other is not feeling well. The Canadian team got a silver medal with Great Britain in first, and New Zealand second. The highest placed individual was Michael Jung and Sam (GER), with William Fox-Pitt and Cool Mountain (GBR) and Andrew Nicholson aboard Nereo (NZL) at silver and bronze resp. The US team place 4th with the highest placed US rider being Boyd Martin on Neville Bardos. They placed 10th, not bad for an $800 race-track reject. It was the first time since 1978 that the World Championships of Eventing were held on US soil, and they had over 170000 spectators back in ’78! I guess I’m mad about this sport. If you want to know more about eventing see the following links: useventing.com http Most of the video was shot with a Lumix GH1 and stock lens, Sanyo FH1 for the remainder.

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