Cecilia Stråhle Engqvist 29 i testritten i Lexington


Cecilia Stråhle Engqvist red in på 29 plats i Lexington, Kentucky, när VM-banan i distansritt testades.

På grund av dåligt väder kortades den trestjärniga ritten till fyra slingor på 120 kilometer. Enligt CNNs väderrapport är det dimma och 7 grader varmt på eftermiddagen lokal tid och regn beräknas till natten.
Cecilia Stråhle Engqvist red in på en 29 plats i den trestjärniga tävlingen, testritten inför VM nästa år.

Tre av de svenska ryttarna i testritten bröt.
Maria Hagman Eriksson red den trestjärniga distansritten och bröt i vetgate 2.
Eva de Paulis i den tvåstjärniga tävlingen bröt i vetgate 3 och Berit Stonebrink bröt på slinga 4.

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CEI*** 160 km (120 km): 1) Danielle Mc Gunigal, USA, Gold Raven 6:30:41 2) Ellyn Rapp, USA, Berjo Smokey 6:52:16 3) Janice Ann Worthington, USA, Golden Lightning 7:01:33 29) Cecilia Stråhle Engqvist, Sverige, Aces Comett 8:44:51

CEI** 120 km: 1) HE Shk Majid Mohd Al Maktoum, Förenade Arabemiraten, Kangoo d´Aurabel le 6:05.30 2) Ahmed Salem Ali Sultan Al Sabousi, Förenade Arabemiraten, Bess Ess Ob 6:05:31 3) Yahya Sughayer Kanoon Al Aljtabi, Förenade Arabemiraten, Medjerda 6:20:53

Pressinformaiton från Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Kentucky 2010
UAE and USA Riders Dominate Kentucky Cup Endurance
HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum  of the United Arab Emirates and 1996 Endurance World Champion Danielle Mc Gunigal of the United States won the Kentucky Cup Endurance events, sponsored by Emirates Equestrian Federation, and the official endurance test event for the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games.    

HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum son of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, crossed the wire first in the CEI** 75 mile event in a ride time of 6:05:30. Danielle Mc Gunigal finished the CEI*** in a ride time in 6:30:41.  The CEI*** was originally an FEI qualifying event at a distance of 100 miles (160 km), but lost its status when it was shortened to 120 km after the footing became questionable in the inclement weather.

“I have mixed feelings about shortening the race,” said Mc Gunigal. “The footing was only getting worse. Some of the parts of the trail that we have to go over were already slippery and deep and if the race was kept at the original distance, we would have had to go over it again, so in that sense, I am glad they shortened it. But I was hoping to use this race to qualify my horse (Gold Raven) for next year, and now we have to do it at another event, so that is very disappointing.”

HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum was thrilled with his win despite the conditions.

“It was amazing. This is the sport that we most love. It’s our history,” said Sheikh Majid.  “Given the weather today, the course was amazing. But the weather made it very difficult. There wasn’t any hard part, other than the ground being a bit slippery. Other than that, it was excellent. There wasn’t anything wrong or bad.”

The rain was a recurring focus of the day, with a downpour shortly before the start of the rides. It continued throughout the day for all mandatory veterinary exams, creating a messy vet gate and slippery footing.

Two-time Endurance World Champion Valerie Kanavy and mother of Danielle McGunigal, was affected by the weather and footing. Kanavy was eliminated after her horse LM Parys fell on the second loop.

“We were crossing the road on the blacktop and she just slipped,” said Kanavy.  “She went down and I went right after. She has recovered and is doing fine now.”

The event was aptly named as an endurance test. The endurance levels of the athletes from the 23 countries participating were truly tested.  However, according to Mubarak Khalifa of the UAE the weather was no big deal. “Endurance riders are used to riding in all kinds of weather, so this is normal.” 

One noticeable absentee was HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was expected to compete but never made the trip to Kentucky due to commitments in Dubai.

Pressinformation från arrangören:
Flash quotes efter första slingan
120 km Kentucky Cup Endurance CEI**
The UAE team led by HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum finished loop one first in the CEI 2*120 km Kentucky Cup Endurance.
Mubarak Khalifa (UAE): “It is very good out there, it is nice and the footing is holding up OK.”
Asked about the weather: “Endurance riders are used to riding in all kinds of weather, so this is normal.”
160 km Kentucky Cup Endurance CEI***
(This race has been shortened to 120 km due to inclement weather.)
Team Kanavy finished the first loop one-two of the CEI 3* 120 km Kentucky Cup Endurance. Two-time World Champion (1994 & 1998) Valerie was just seconds ahead of her daughter 1996 World Champion Danielle Mc Gunigal.
Valerie Kanavy (USA): “It is cold, wet and muddy”, said Kanavy. “It looks like it might get a little deep later on. We’ll see.”   


Tre svenskar testar VM-banan i distansritt
Svenska ryttare är på plats i Lexington, Kentucky, och testar VM-banan i distansritt, Cecilia Stråhle Engqvist, Maria Hagman-Eriksson, Berit Stonebrink och Eva de Paulis.

Cecilia Stråhle Engqvist och Maria Hagman-Eriksson rider den trestjärniga 160 kilometersbanan och Berit Stonebrink och Eva de Paulis rider den tvåstjärniga 120 kilometersbanan.

Information från arrangören 2009-10-14
The World Games 2010 Foundation Announces Competitors for Kentucky Cup Endurance

Official Test Event for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY—October 7, 2009— On October 14, riders from more than 20 countries will compete in the Kentucky Cup Endurance race, sponsored by Emirates Equestrian Federation and the official endurance test event for the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games.  

Athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Romania, Spain and many other countries are expected to compete in or observe Kentucky Cup Endurance in preparation for next year’s Endurance World Championship at the 2010 Games.  The team from the United Arab Emirates will be led by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.  His son, HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, will also ride for the UAE.

Current World Champion Maria Alvarez Ponton of Spain, and the mother-daughter team of Valerie Kanavy and Danielle Mc Gunigal of the United States will also compete. Kanavy is a two-time world champion (1994 and 1998) and also placed second to her daughter in the 1996 World Championships.

Kentucky Cup Endurance will feature both a 75-mile (120 km) race and a 100-mile (160 km) race. Both races comprise a series of loops through the Kentucky Horse Park and surrounding properties, frequently returning to the Kentucky Horse Park for required veterinary inspections.

The 75-mile race will begin at 7:30 a.m. on October 14 and the 100-mile race will follow with a 7:45 a.m. start.  Awards for the 100-mile race will be held at 10:00 a.m. on October 15 in the new outdoor stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition to honoring the top riders, there will also be an award for the best conditioned horse.

Admission to Kentucky Cup Endurance is free to the public. Parking will be $3 per day at the entrance of the Kentucky Horse Park. Kentucky Cup Endurance spectators can also enjoy the other Kentucky Horse Park attractions. Admission to Kentucky Horse Park attractions is available at the Visitor’s Center.

A complete list of competitors and countries is available on the Kentucky Cup Endurance test event page of our Web site.

About the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan is the current president of the FEI. The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States.

The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150 million, and current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International, Inc., Meydan, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and AQHA. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit www.alltechfeigames.com


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