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Federation Equestre Internationale News

FEI World Cup Dressage : Stockholm International Horse Show

28 - 30 November 2003

The 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.

Points 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).

Finland's 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.

The 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.

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