This week's euro update reports on British Olympic team rider Emma Hindle's double victory at the 2009 CDI Wiesbaden in Germany. German Alexandra Simons-De Ridder and Hungarian Robert Acs won the big tour at the CDI Mariakalnok. Following the major doping turmoil in Germany, the organizers of the CHIO Aachen announced that they will support the fight against doping by hiring more stewards and conducting more doping tests than usual.
Emma Hindle in Winning Mood at 2009 CDI Wiesbaden
German based Brit Emma Hindle was in a winning mood at the 2009 CDI Wiesbaden recording two wins in the Grand Prix (70.89%) and Grand Prix Kür (73.95%) on her Olympic partner Lancet, a Hanoverian licensed stallion by Wenzel x Shogun xx. The pair rode to victory with a new freestyle ridden to the Bryan Adams soundtrack from the film Spirit.
“There nothing better than to hear the British National anthem playing, especially in Germany” said a delighted Hindle. "I was very pleased with Lancet in the Grand Prix, I made a mistake going into the two time changes when I tried to ride him too forward but that was my error. He felt fantastic throughout the test and we’re getting back to some of the lightness and energy he showed in Hong Kong."
"The music of our new Kür fits him very nicely but we’ve got some adjustments to make before Rotterdam. It started very well but the timing of the canter tour needs to be rearranged as we were running behind the music by the end.”
Emma Hindle and Lancet’s next competition will be Rotterdam CDIO, 18-22 June, and Britain’s European Championship team will be announced on Friday 14th August.
CDI Mariakalnok: Alexandra Simons de Ridder and Robert Acs Win
Former German Olympic team rider Alexandra Simons-De Ridder and Hungarian Robert Acs won the big tour at the CDI Mariakalnok in Hungary. Aboard her big bay gelding Wellington (by Wanderer), Simons-De Ridder pulled a winning move in the Grand Prix (68,43%) and Grand Prix Special (71,88%). Local favourite Robert Acs won the Grand Prix Kur to Music with a 69,55% score. Aboard the Westfalian branded Weinzauber (by Weinberg x Upan la Jarthe AA), Acs topped the leader board in a class with six competitors.
CHIO Aachen Expands Fight Against Doping
The organisers of the CHIO Aachen welcome the results of the meeting of the Executive Committee of the German Equestrian Federation (FN) and of the German Olympic Equestrian Committee (DOKR).
"The FN has our full support in its battle against doping in the equestrian sport," commented Frank Kemperman, Chairman of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV), organisers of the CHIO. "The present decision to disband the squad and to implement an independent Commission will enable a clear new start for clean and transparent sport," added Michael Mronz, General Director of Aachener Reitturnier GmbH.