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19th FEI World Cup 2003/2004
Western European League Dressage

Stockholm (SWE) - November 28-30, 2003

Stockholm's Globe arena was filled to capacity with an audience screaming and applauding in pop-concert fashion to watch local hero Jan Brink, Sweden's European individual silver medallist, triumph in the FEI World Cup dressage qualifier.

" I have never felt an atmosphere like it, the audience raised the roof", said Brink, who also won the grand prix on Bjoersells Briar. " And as I said to German riders Heike Kemmer and Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff, it was such a high quality field here that it was success even to get into the first five or six", he added.

It was also a great birthday present for Finnish rider Kyra Kyrklund to come second, even though it meant being beaten by her pupil, Jan Brink. However, Kyrklund also saw another former pupil, Britain's Emma Hindle, who spent five years studying with her at Flyinge Stud, place fourth. Kyrklund, who is currently based in England but is buying her own place in Sweden close to Jan Brink, also scored over 80 per cent for a fault free performance on Andiamo Tyme, the impressive grey gelding she rides for American owner Linda Fowler.

Germany's Heike Kemmer still heads the points' standings after a valiant third place on Albano. Both she and Emma Hindle, who was second in the Grand Prix to Brink, and fourth in the freestyle with Brookhouse Stud's Wie Weltmeyer are out in front with 52 and 50 points respectively.

Emma Hindle (28), in her first World Cup season, was really happy this stage in her quest is for a place at the final. " Wie Weltmeyer was more relaxed on the second day, but we are still both gaining confidence in the freestyle" she said. The European team bronze medallist is working on a new Kuer to Elton John music, with a more difficult ground pattern. She will try it out at the dressage gala evening prior to the Olympia show jumping event next month, but will first use in competition at the Neumunster qualifier (20-22 February 04), after she and Wie Weltmeyer have had a well-earned break.

Hindle added: "It is great to be No. 2 on points, and to beat any of these riders I have admired for years is an honour, but we will have to see what the Dutch riders do in Maastricht, then Mechelen. Watch this space...."

Stockholm CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle Results

1,Jan BRINK SWE (Bjoersells Briar) 81.90
2,Kyra KYRKLUND FIN (Andiamo Tyme) 80.93
3,Heike KEMMER GER (Albano) 79.00
4,Emma HINDLE GBR (Wie Weltmeyer) 76.80
5,Ann Kathrin LINSENHOFF GER (Wahajama-UNICEF) 75.58
6,Louise NATHHORST SWE (Tristan Ask) 75.45
8,Tinne VILHELMSON SWE (Just Mickey) 73.58
9,Thamar ZWEISTRA NED 72.75
10,Minna TELDE SWE (Bjoersells Sack) 72.70
11,Nicole AHLEFELDT LAURVIG-LEHN DEN (Esprit) 72.55
12,Helena LARSON SWE71.60
13,Michael SOGAARD DEN 69.78

19th FEI World Cup 2003/2004
Provisional standings after 2 of 11 competitions
(+ 4 in Central European League)

1,Heike KEMMER GER 52
2,Emma HINDLE GBR 50
4,Ann Kathrin LINSENHOFF GER 24
5,Patricia CALLAGHAN NED 21
6,Hubertus SCHMIDT GER and Jan BRINK SWE 20

Next event is Maastricht NED (11-14 December)

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