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Locals return from famed horse event

POSTED: December 1, 2010 4:00 a.m.

Dawson County was well represented during one of the largest equestrian events ever held on American soil.


The 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky., featured more than 1,500 of the world’s premier horses, including a 7-year-old Irish Draught Sport Horse named Miss Pamela.


Also in attendance was a Dawson County man who specialized in hoof care for the many breeds at the event.


Moira McCracken, Miss Pamela’s owner, said it was “a once-in-a-lifetime experience” to attend the gathering, which is held every four years.


It marks the first time in history that the equestrian games have been held in the United States.


Held from Sept. 25-Oct. 10, the international competition drew more than 500,000 spectators. Hundreds of workers were also employed to assist.


Like Steve Muir of Dawson County, an expert farrier, who provided hoof care for the competition horses.


The American Farrier’s Association issued a news release stating that during the equestrian games: “Steve and each of our AFA volunteers served as ambassadors not just for our organization but also for our country.”


McCracken said it was “thrilling” to see the many types of horses at the event.


“There were all kinds of breeds. Breeds you’d never even heard of, not only from this country but from around the world.”


For more information about the World Equestrian Games, visit


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