Snippets from WEG Kentucky – via Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Video coverage that is wonderfully humorous and informative about the World Equestrian Games comes from a couple of irreverent Australians named Hamish & Dave.

It’s worth the time to go to: http://www.aet.equestrian.org.au/ and click on the banner “Hamish & Dave’s Kentucky Adventure” on the right side of the page of the Australian Equestrian Federation site.

And many thanks to jumper riders McLain Ward and Georgina Bloomberg who got up earlier than usual to appear on the top rated NBC Today show in New York to talk about WEG and also put in a plug to host Matt Lauer for dressage and disciplines other than their own at WEG.

You can see the Today clip at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/39286956#39286956.

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Catherine Haddad, USA reserve – The combination of Anne Gribbons and Steffen Peters working together on the ground has greatly contributed to the improvements I have seen in our horses during the training camp at Gladstone. Supplementary training—like videotaped test rides and discussion with top judges and meetings with the sport psychologist—has also been a real plus in creating a strong, solid team.
I’m still not ready to answer that frequently asked question about our medal chances. But having taken part in of the U.S. dressage team’s preparation for the WEG, I can say that our chances are much greater now than just a short time ago.

Hans Peter Minderhoud, Netherlands team – Posted a picture on his Facebook page that says as much as can be said about America’s dietary habits.

Brett Parbery, Australia team – Celebrates his 39th birthday Thursday.

Patrick Kittel, Sweden team – Today Sjef (Janssen)gave us first lesson all about basic both Sjef, Jan Greve and myself was super happy with Scandi-man and Belli Balkenhol called us the Geheim tip (means secret weapon) we will see in a few days. But we both love being here. The temp. is not going down so most of the horses now have big fans to cool them down and you can tell the USA team is well known to this and super in shape..

Lyndal Oatley, Australia team – Pot is settling in really well. Starting more normal training tomorrow. Great atmosphere behind the scenes and having alot of fun. Pots head looks like he attacked it with a potato peeler so will hopefully be hiding away his battle wounds from the flight with an ear bonnet. I am lucky it is only that!

Patrick and Lyndal will be married on Hamilton Island off Australia’s east coast right after WEG. They take the horses home from WEG then head to Australia.

Here’s a photo of the couple, plus four-legged friends.

Lyndal Oatley and Patrik Kittel
Lyndal Oatley and Patrik Kittel