Equestre Internationale News
World Cup Dressage : Stockholm International Horse Show
- 30 November 2003
second leg of the FEI World Cup dressage western European league
takes place at the Stockholm International Horse Show this weekend.
The result of tomorrow morning's grand prix will decide the starting
positions for the main event, the FEI World Cup freestyle, which
takes place Sunday at 1p.m.
leaders Heike Kemmer (Germany) and Emma Hindle (GBR) are both
aiming to increase their lead. Currently Kemmer, a member of the
European gold medal winning team, and Hindle who led Britain to
bronze, have a clear lead on 37 points apiece. Both are determined
to qualify for the final in Dusseldorf next April (1-4).
Kyra Kyrklund, who won the World Cup Final in 1991 on the great
Matador, has a busy day tomorrow as first she rides Andiamo Tyme
in the grand prix, before taking over the microphone to commentate
and interview her fellow riders - an informative treat for the
Stockholm audience. Kyrklund is working to gain a high enough
individual ranking for a ticket to next summer's Athens Olympics.
The Finnish rider sadly missed out on this chance at the European
Championships when Linda Fowler's powerful grey gelding was diagnosed
with a poisoned foot just before the event.
home side is issuing a strong challenge; European silver medal
hero Jan Brink, who at Hickstead won Sweden's first individual
dressage medal since 1956, is a mighty contender with Bjoersells
Briar. Stockholm-born Louise Nathhorst 's appearance on Tristan
Ask will also thrill the home crowd. They are joined by their
remaining two European team colleagues, Helena Larson and Minna
Telde, and former Swedish team rider Lianne Wachtmeister.
further information: www.stockholmhorseshow.com