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Vol. 21 No.10
Our 21st Year
1993-2014
October 2014
Inside...
Pennsylvania Equine Council
Fall Newsletter … pgs 28 & 29
Pristine horse country at risk as supervisors
revise zoning laws … pg. 14
Editorial: Newlin Township, Chester County, is a
national treasure … pg. 30
Hardest Core survives surgery gone wrong to
win Arlington Million .. pg. 4
Limelight Beach, winless in 12 starts, gives
Burke his first Jug win … pg. 11
... and much more!
by Jenni Autry
The World Equestrian
Games. Undoubtedly an event on
every horse enthusiast’s bucket
list, this behemoth of equestrian
events comes once every four
years, also serving as a highlight
of the season for equestrian
journalists like myself who spend
months on the road covering the
sports we love.
But this most recent WEG,
which concluded last month in
Normandy, France, may yet be
the undoing of the whole concept
of the event, which has united the
world championships for eight
different disciplines — dressage,
show jumping, eventing, com-
bined driving, vaulting, reining,
endurance and para dressage —
since the inaugural Stockholm
Games in 1990.
The two Games held prior
to Normandy —Aachen in 2006
and Lexington in 2010 — were
both staged at established venues
well equipped to host such a
large event. And while there were
certainly logistical issues that go
hand-in-hand with hosting thou-
sands of horses and tens of thou-
sands of spectators, Aachen and
Lexington were largely hailed a
success.
I say all this
to set the scene
for Normandy,
where the Games
were held across
three separate
venues in the
heart of this
historic region.
Caen hosted
several of the
disciplines, like
dressage and
show jumping,
at d’Ornano Sta-
dium, a soccer
venue where
organizers laid down footing for
the occasion.
No Food, No Parking, No Toilets, Just Mud, Mud, Mud: A Reporter Survives WEG
Haras du Pin, an hour away
from the main venue in Caen,
hosted event-
ing, while
Sartilly, an
hour away
from Caen in
the opposite
direction, set
the backdrop
for endurance,
with the breath-
taking Mont
St. Michel
abbey rising
in the distance
as horses and
riders crested
rolling hilltops.
Perhaps
organizers thought the scenery
would make up for the total lack
of infrastructure. Haras du Pin,
too, had a lovely backdrop, a
magnificent chateau perched on
the hill overlooking the dressage
arena and part of the cross-coun-
try course for eventing. If only
it had enough restrooms for the
Think spectators
slipping and falling,
taking other people down
with them in the process;
shoes getting stuck in the
muck and ultimately lost
in the quagmire; stroll-
ers immobilized in the
deep mud, with children
strapped in and scream-
ing while parents tried to
figure out what to do. It
was truly a remarkable
scene.
(Continued on page 34)
Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 (above) were
the only members of the US WEG eventing
team to complete cross country without any
jumping penalties, after the heavy going
forced Buck Davidson and Phillip Dutton
to retire on course. The scene was a muddy
festival of colors as supporters from many
nations cheered on their teams.
Photos by Jenni Autry
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