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Endurance and Reining World Championships

Endurance and Reining handed out the first world championship medals at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games during the first weekend. Here are some scenes from the two initial events held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

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Refreshing

A horse competing in the Endurance World Championship appreciates a long, cool sip of water during the race.

Photo: Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

A Winning Smile

Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton of Spain, riding Nobby, is all smiles after winning the Individual Endurance World Championship Sunday at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

A Winning Splash

Nobby, equine-teammate of Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton of Spain, receives a refreshing splash of water after coming in first for the Endurance World Championship at the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Corny Ride

An Endurance competitor waves her appreciation for the cheers during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Watching the Clock

Members of Team UAE, HE Sheikh Hamdan Mohammed Al Maktoum (3) and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (7), compete in the Endurance race during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Tim McQuay

Tim McQuay, member of the gold medal-winning Team USA, spins his way to a 220.5 on Hollywoodtinseltown during the WEG.

Craig Schmersal

USA reiner Craig Schmersal guides his horse, Mr Montana Nic, through the fast circles of Pattern #6 in the Team Reining competition of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

USA's Golden Boys

The USA Reining Team celebrates its dominance in the sport--the USA has won the gold in Team Reining the past three WEGs it's been offered.

Waving Goodbye

An Endurance competitor waves to fans as they go past during one of the loops of the race at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Grabbing a Drink

Competitors stop to allow their horses to drink some water during the Endurance World Championship at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Photo: Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Vetting

Veterinarians listen to heart and gut sounds during the Endurance World Championship's veterinary checks at the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games.

Sliding Away

A competitor comes to a sliding stop during the Team Reining World Championships at WEG.