WEG countdown: two weeks to go

Aussie eventers

Andrew Hoy (with three horses) heads a short-list of British- and American-based Australian eventers to join six Oz-based combinations in a pre-WEG training camp on 10 August. Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks are among them.

Oldest eventer

New Zealand eventer Heelan Tompkins will ride the 15.2hh Glengarrick at WEG. At 20, he will be the oldest horse eventing at WEG.

Retirement ceremony

The stallion Dobel’s Cento — who, with Otto Becker, has been an integral part of German show jumping teams for years —will be retired with a special ceremony at WEG.

Top names missing

Two big names will be missing from Switzerland’s show jumping squad – Willi Melliger and Markus Fuchs. Willi has sold his best horse and Markus did not wish to jump.

eBay charity auction

Arena UK is auctioning four WEG visitor packages on eBay to raise money for equestrian charities. Each pack includes a week-long ticket, accommodation and return flights.

Irish rider in hospital

Munich-based Irish international rider Judy Reynolds, 25, is recovering in hospital in Germany after an emergency operation to remove her appendix. She is expect to remain in hospital until Monday. She hopes that she will still be able to ride at WEG.

  • This report was first published in Horse & Hound (3 August, ’06)
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