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My Re-write of FEI Release for Kentucky Cup

This is my edit of the official News Release from FEI for the Kentucky Cup. I think the release reads like the society page of a small town newspaper that is trying to suck up to the people who buy all their advertising. The name dropping of royalty is rediculous, and there is NO mention of horses. When I cover a ride I would say something like "Jane Doe won the 100 riding her 7 year old 15.2 Anglo-Arab, Lightning". After which I might describe where she got the horse and some insight into what the horse is like. Nobody is going to read this unless they are interested in endurance horses, thus horses should be mentioned. If donars need their egos stroked they can call in Town and Country magazine to take photos and name names.

So, the >>>> indicates exerpts from their release and afterwards you get my comments. I pasted their release in its entirity after my post.

>snip<


OK, coming from a country with "Free Press" I'm afraid this whole news
brief REEKS. Is this from "Endurance Pravda" from the Dept. of Propaganda?
Here's how I'd re-write it:

>>>>UAE, USA Riders Dominate Kentucky Cup Endurance

Re-write: USA-East sweeps team and Individual Gold at North American Championship Ride


>>>>>>LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY-October 14, 2009- 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.

Re-write: LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY-October 14, 2009 1996 Endurance World Champion Danielle
McGunigal of the USA-East squad takes home the gold riding Gold Raven.

>>>>>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.

Move to end of story, *always* feature main event. Never report JV scores with Varsity
*Very* tacky to compare ride time of individual who had planned to go 75 from the
beginning to time of rider who had to pace as if going 100 from the beginning. Obviously
trying to steal the show.


>>>> 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.”

Excellent time to critique new excessive qualifying requirements which force horses with
years of experience to requalify in FEI rides at all distances.

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

Wrong place for this interview. Where are interviews with Individual Silver & Bronze
medalist?


>>>“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.”

Translation: This place has promise, at least it was flat. By this time next year there
will be a roof over the entire course." :-)


>>>>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.”


OK, but learn another name or two. Anybody notice Jan Worthington?


>>>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.”

I'd love to know what the individual SILVER AND BRONZE winners thought...or maybe the
rider from POLAND who finished fifth in the main event. We already have an interview from
the UAE.

>>>>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.

I think a real newspaper would have written something like:

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum had planned to return to the world stage after a
short ban imposed by his wife, Princess Haya, the president of the International
Equestrian Federation, the Games' governing body. The ban, which conveniently expired
just in time for the games was imposed when his winning mount tested positive for
steroids and hypertention drugs. HH was originally entered in today's event, but
unexpectedly withdrew from with no explanation at the last moment

>>>>>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.

Does this author get a bonus every time she manages to drop a royal name??

Finally time to mention:

There was also a 75 mile event. The winner was HE Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
riding (insert name of horse please. Do you only talk jockeys when reporting the Derby?)

>>>>> For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,
please visit www.alltechfeigames.com.


Can't wait. :-)

Angie McGhee

UNEDITED RELEASE BELOW.

UAE, USA Riders Dominate Kentucky Cup Endurance


LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY-October 14, 2009- 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.

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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Comment by Sally Ann Stork on October 22, 2009 at 7:20pm
Smashing rewrite! I'm glad to see someone else wasn't exactly fond of the original.
Comment by Ann LeGris on October 20, 2009 at 11:17am
Perfect!! I was at the Horse Park that afternoon for several hours... The building at the end of the sea of mud was the UAE Glass Palace (two stories!). I entered the palace thinking it looked like a wonderful place for a cup of Joe.... What I consider to be a very funny incident ensued. The whole UAE thing was nauseating. I was so incredibly proud to be cheering for the American teams! Of course once the Sheik Whoevah was in there was no more announcing! Disgusting. JMHO. Annie
Comment by Cindy on October 16, 2009 at 8:15pm
Loved the rewrite! I thought too that they left out a discussion of why there were no UAE riders in the 100, what does teh UAE attribute to their success - since rain, slop and 40 degree temps aren't exactly their training conditions in Dubai. And what about the event itself? This is a 'test' event, so how did it test? What do team captains/riders have to say on how it was organized and trail conditions? Still haven't heard anything official on that (other than a very general statement....)
Comment by Angie Mcghee on October 16, 2009 at 6:42am
I can understand it and I've seen it twice before on 100's. 100 is a *long* way. No need in destroying a bunch of horses to see who won't quit.
Comment by TJ Vore on October 15, 2009 at 6:14pm
Hello Angie...loved your rewrite. Whenever I tell people about competing in an endurance ride I always say "we" did very well. Of course,this confuses people. They always ask who else was with me...my horse and I.
I'm also curious about shorting the ride due to slippery conditions. I thought endurence riders don't think twice about mud!!

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