A total of 58 countries participated in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.
- Jumping 120 participants (41 countries)
- Dressage 65 participants (33 countries)
- Para-Equestrian Dressage 60 participants (16 countries)
- Eventing 80 participants (24 countries)
- Driving 25 participants (19 countries)
- Endurance 100 participants (29 countries)
- Reining 63 participants (21 countries)
- Vaulting 149 participants (17 countries)
Countries participating for the first time: Azerbaijan, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Singapore, Taipei, Turkey
Flawless, Belgium's Philippe Le Jeune claimed the Jumping world crown. The fifty year-old rider was not the favourite going into the competition but he overcame the efforts of the reigning individual Olympic gold medallist Eric Lamaze from Canada, former World and Olympic champion Rodrigo Pessoa from Brazil and the exciting new talent of Abdullah Al Sharbatly from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who, despite his relative inexperience, scooped silver ahead of Lamaze who took bronze.
It has been said that the best thing you can do on a strange horse is as little as possible, and his ability to allow four of the greatest jumpers in the world to do what they do best, with minimal interference, clinched the supreme accolade. "I had no difficult moments with any of them," he said afterwards, reflecting on the rides on his rival's mounts - "I decided to go their way and not to try and make them go my way, and it paid off".
Team medals went to Germany (gold), France (silver) and Belgium (bronze). 120 athletes from 41 countries competed.
When it came to gold, the supreme partnership of Moorlands Totilas and Edward Gal was unbeatable. Laura Bechtolsheimer (GBR) with Mistral Hojris clenched silver in both the Grand Prix Freestyle and Grand Prix Special becoming the first ever British rider to take three medals at a World Dressage Championship - in the Team, Special and Freestyle. Double bronze medallist (Grand prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle) Steffen Peters and Ravel became the first American to win an individual Championship medal in Dressage in the 78 years since Colonel Hiram Tottle and his horse, Olympic, took bronze at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1932. A total of 65 athletes from 33 countries made up the competitors. Team medals went to Netherlands (gold), Great Britain (silver) and Germany (bronze).
As expected the British were in stunning form, winning the team title as well as scooping 13 individual medals, including six golds. Germany took team silver and it was Stinna Tange Kaastrup, at only 16 years of age, who clinched team bronze for Denmark. Britain's Para-Equestrian Dressage record is outstanding - they have never been beaten in the battle for the World title since taking team gold on their home turf in Hartpury in 1991.
For the individual competition, Lee Pearson lived up to expectations with a hat trick of gold medals (Individual Grand Prix and Freestyle Grade Ib and team). His track record includes double gold medallist in Denmark in 1999, Team and Individual gold in Moorsele, Belgium in 2003 and team and two individual titles on his home turf in Hartpury, Great Britain in 2007. This year, fellow team mate Sophie Wells also won individual Grand Prix and Freestyle gold in Grade IV, while Germany’s Hannelore Brenner matched this result in Grade III.
In Grade Ia, Great Britain’s Sophie Christiansen and Emma Sheardown took gold in the Individual Grand Prix and Freestyle respectively while Grade II was dominated by Petra Van de Sande (NED) in the Individual Grand Prix and FEI Against all odds Award winner Angelika Trabert (GER) for the Freestyle. Sixty athletes from 16 countries were represented.
Michael Jung riding La Biosthetique Sam FBW became Germany's first-ever individual Eventing World Champion followed by William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Cool Mountain in silver medal position and Andrew Nicholson (NZL) with Nereo in bronze position. Eighty athletes from 24 countries took part in the discipline.
Team gold went to Great Britain, who boast the record for the biggest number of World Team titles - 1970, 1982, 1986, 1994 and 2010. Both Mary King and Tina Cook were also on the winning British team at The Hague in 1994.
Canada reached second step on the podium followed by New Zealand with the team bronze medal.
Boyd Exell from Australia had been on the hunt for a gold medal in four-in-hand driving for many years. Mission accomplished, and in great style with a World Record dressage test and third place in the marathon. Exell drove a safe cones course straight to his first individual gold medal. Dutch driver Ijsbrand Chardon took the silver; with the bronze going to USA’s Tucker Johnson. Twenty-five athletes from 19 countries were represented at this WEG.
Team medals were won by The Netherlands (gold), USA (silver) and Germany (bronze).
One hundred athletes from 29 countries competed in the Endurance discipline. Spain's Maria Mercedes Alvarez Ponton and her super-horse, Nobby, wrote their names into the history books of the sport of Endurance when adding yet another individual gold medal to their 2008 World Championship and 2009 European Championship titles. The hat-trick has never been done before and Nobby's extraordinary recovery-rate proved key to their success once again. Ponton herself is something of a super-woman, having given birth to her daughter only seven weeks prior to the Games.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the silver medal with Ciel Oriental while his son, His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Al Maktoum took bronze, and it was no surprise when the UAE claimed the team title as His HE Sheikh Hamdan joined with HE Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum to finish well ahead of the French in silver medal position and Germany in bronze.
Great Britain's Joanne Eccles and Switzerland's Patric Looser claimed the Female and Male Individual titles in the Vaulting Championship. Eccles earned the second-highest score in the Freestyle with her 'Candle in the Wind' routine and clinched the overall Female gold, having led the Technical test. Silver and bronze went to German vaulters Antje Hill and Simone Wiegele. Patric Looser triumphed over 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games™ champion Kai Vorberg (GER), who had to settle for silver this time around ahead of Andreani (FRA) in bronze. In total there were 149 athletes from 17 countries taking part.
The host nation held their nerve and really rose to the occasion to win the team title. Silver went to Germany while Austria took bronze, and the Swiss team slotted into fourth place ahead of France in fifth and Brazil in sixth.