World Equestrian Games 2010 – Kentucky
A small group of BDSC members joined the eventing supporters on the Incentevents trip to Kentucky led by Ian Dennis and Kathy Hook, It was a long flight and a busy week with more to see than we could possibly fit in during the 8 days we were there.
Our first impression on landing at Lexington was miles of white post and rail fencing and we did manage to fit in a trip to the Darby Dan Stud and Keeneland Racecourse during our stay. Having been told the temperatures had been about 90 degrees the previous week, it came as a bit of a shock when Monday turned cold and wet. However, we were rewarded by some excellent dressage with our team winning the silver and Laura Bechtelsheimer and Mistral Horjis going on to win the silver in both the Special and the Kur. All four members of our team qualified for the Special with Fiona Bigwood and Laura going on to qualify for the Kur.
We didn’t realise at the time that this would be the last time we would see that great partnership of Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas together.
It was also great to see our Eventers win the gold, with William Fox-Pitt getting the individual silver.
Americans refer to Kentucky as the horse capital of the world and a feature to be seen both in Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park were these life sized painted fibreglass horses which Liz Lockhart-Mure has taken photos of. (See gallery below)