It has been said before, but this is such a cool experience! The World Equestrian Games continue to amaze and impress me with all that there is to see!
The Consolation Round for the Individual Reining Final was this morning. Riders who had placed 16th through 36th in the Team Competition were invited back to compete for a chance to participate in the Individual Final on Thursday. The top five finishers will join the top fifteen riders, plus ties, from the Team Competition.
The British dominated the competition, taking the top two spots. Lee Rutter and Setting Off Sparks scored 217.5 to finish first with Doug Allen and Don Julio Whiz placing second with a 216.5. A big congratulations to Roseanne Sternberg, who owns both horses! Fredrik Thomsson of Sweden came in third with Gallos Stylish Star by marking a 216. Rounding out the top five were Australia’a Warren Backhouse riding Whizs Bronze Star and Hubert Heule riding Crome Shiner with identical scores of 215.5.
After the competition, Tim McQuay gave the First Lady of Kentucky, Jane Beshear, a lesson on Matt Palmer’s Whale of a Whiz. Tim and Frank Costsntini, former president of the NRHA, presented Mrs. Beshear with a Bob’s Lady Reiner saddle after the lesson! She said that Whale of a Whiz was the nicest horse she had ever ridden.
Stephen Peters and Ravel
It was then off to watch the US Dressage Team in the stadium! Steffen Peters was great on Ravel, marking a 78.596 that helped put the US into fourth overall. It was a great ride and Steffen was very happy with how Ravel went.
Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas
It was awesome to get to see the amazing Moorlands Totilas, ridden by Edward Gal of The Netherlands. The duo turned in a 84.043 this go. Totilas boasts the highest score ever given in Dressage, an 89.40 and was an integral part of The Netherlands claiming the Team Gold Medal. Totilas had never been on a plane before this competition, is only 10 years old and is in his first year of breeding! This was a once in a lifetime chance to get to see him live and in person. Such an amazing horse!
We got to check out the Vendor Village area and the Alltech Experience. It was great to get to see the lovely ladies of SmartPak and to visit with them!
I was disappointed that the penguin that has been visiting from the Newport Aquarium was not at the Alltech Experience; I’m not going to lie. It’s ok, as I have found several cool photos of him! He looks like he was having a good time, anyway.
The evening festivities involved all of us heading over to the Blue Grass Supper Club at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. It was a little touch and go for us to get there as it involved Monica, Barb and I piling into the golf cart and heading off through the Horse Park. We sweet-talked the lovely police officers to stop traffic for us to be able to scoot across Iron Works Parkway. It was very exciting but we made it! Dinner was great and it was lots of fun to see everyone relaxing and enjoying themselves. Carlee McCutcheon, Tom and Mandy’s daughter, even brought Eeyore to dinner!
Just another day in Lexington!