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2010-10-10
Day 16 of the 2010 Games
Staff Writer

The last day of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games came to a close on Sunday with final competitions for Driving, Vaulting and Para-Dressage, as well as the Closing Ceremonies.

There were 38,682 spectators at the Kentucky Horse Park Sunday and over the 16-day span of the Games, the Park saw a total of 507,022 visitors.

The Para-Dressage competition ended today with the Grade IV Individual Freestyle. Sophie Wells of Great Britain came out on top with Michele George of Belgium in second and Frank Hosmar of the Netherlands in third.

The Driving World Championship concluded with the last phase of competition Sunday; the Cones phase. The Netherlands took home the gold medal after the three phases of competition, the United States earned the silver medal and Germany took the bronze.

Individually, Boyd Exell kept his lead through the Cones phase and went home with the gold medal. IJsbrand Chardon of The Netherlands earned the silver medal and Tucker Johnson of the U.S. secured the bronze.

“I know it sounds like a cliché, but it hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Boyd Exell about his win.

At the Indoor Arena, Vaulting wrapped up with the Freestyle Final for teams. The United States earned the gold, Germany took the silver and Austria took the bronze.

“The most amazing thing for me is to share this with my team,” said team member and coach Devon Maitozo of the U.S. team.

The Closing Ceremonies featured a performance by Lyle Lovett, a special thank-you to volunteers and parting words from some of the organizers and sponsors. Check back for more photos from the 2010 Games.

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