Dressage Olympian Emma Hindle has bought the horse she believes will help Britain secure team gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She found Brisbane, a 10-year-old Swedish-bred gelding by Briar at Otto Hofer's stables in Switzerland. He is now settling in at her Brookhouse Stud in Germany. Two months ago, Emma told Horse & Hound: "Laura Bechtolsheimer has an incredible chance for an individual medal at London 2012, but she can't get the team gold on her own. For Britain to achieve that, we need two horses on the squad that are among the top 10 in the world."
Emma said to Horse and Hound she tried to secure the ride on world number one Totilas. When the horse was sold to Germany, Emma continued her search for a new megastar. She feels she has found that Horse: "He was scoring 70% at Grand Prix as an eight-year-old with his previous rider,"she said, "and he's outstanding. He's very strong minded and a proper horse both in terms of his build and his temperament. He moves beautifully, his pirouettes are incredible. In my opinion he has no weaknesses. He looks a bit like Wally, even." Wally is Emma's European team medallist Wie Weltmeyer.
Emma will take her time with the horse in preparation for London. "Maybe he will be ready for the Europeans this year, but first we have to build a partnership," Emma said. She also has her Olympic horse Lancet back in full work and on top form, she promises.