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Shagyas in Competition Reflections from the WEG REBECCA BLAIR | LOUISVILLE, KY

I was lucky enough to be able to attend both the opening day and the closing day of the Alltech World Equestrian Games 2010.

First, I headed over to the endur- ance vet check. They had a large arena marked off and filled with large tanks of water on as well as lanes for trotting out and crews waiting for their riders to come in. As it turned out, the leaders were not far away from the first check and the announcer was giving everyone a good introduction to the sport of endurance on the overhead speaker system.

The first horses and riders to come in were from the UAE, donning maroon jackets. Every horse was obviously an Arabian or an Arab cross. Most were barely fifteen hands and as fit as greyhounds.

I saw a lot of good riding, horses ridden light in the hand and al- lowed to move freely over the back. There were plenty of visitors who were new to equestrian sport and others who I talked to about old Arabian breeding and the cur- rent market. If you weren’t waiting at a vet check, you could watch riders on multiple jumbotrons and shop at a plethora of vendors.

In the end, the UAE team actually won individual and team gold. It was particularly exciting to be so close to the action.

On closing day, I saw the final rides and medal ceremonies for Para-Dressage. The riders and their horses were inspirational, some with only one arm or one leg.

Overall, the Games were a lot of fun, a great time to be around other horse folks, and a good way to blow a lot of money on my horses!

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Special Congratulations to the NASS-registered Part-Shagya- Arabian gelding, SA Belshazzar (Bayram x Jayel Tongafarah ox), bred by Daunna Sellers, owned by Jeremy Olson, and ridden by Ellyn Rapp.

SA Belshazzar qualified as an alternate for the endurance com- petition at the World Equestrian Games. He was also featured in the media as a locally bred and trained horse. Though Belshazzar did not race in Kentucky that day, he is an outstanding athlete and serves as a great ambassador of the Shagya breed in the world of endurance.

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