On Sunday, October 10th, there came a bittersweet moment for the equestrian world: the FEI 2010 World Equestrian Games came to an end. Princess Haya, the president of FEI, closed out the sixteen days of amazing competition with a poignant speech on the Kentucky Horse Park grounds.
These 10 days brought the games to America for the first time and Kentucky rolled out their southern hospitality to make the dozens of countries welcome to their beautiful state. The hundreds upon hundreds of competitors brought their world class horses from all over the world to bring spectators the highest level of competition and made a wonderful show for all.
Lets take a little photo journey through some of the important parts of the games!
The front gates of the Kentucky Horse Park welcoming visitors.
The main arena where many of the competitions took place.
Alltech, the title sponsor of the games provided a huge educational pavilion teaching about their green technologies.
A peek at the cross country course!
American born Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum at the Vet Check prior to competition.
A fun perk of the games waswatching the warm-up rings while competitors practiced.
On the final day of three day eventing, show jumping warm-ups could be seen behind the arena!
Breyer was in attendance and started a new generation of collectors with Stablemate Painting!
This is just a tiny trip through the games; there were thousands of things to see and do. What could be called the most amazing 16 days in American Equestrian Sport has come to an end, but at least we have memories of the wonderful competition, riders and horses until next time!