Euro Update: Hindle Preparing for the 2006 World Equestrian Games with Team Kyrklund

British Olympian Emma Hindle is preparing her star horse Lancet, a Hanoverian licensed stallion by Wenzel x Shogun xx, for the 2006 World Equestrian Games under the supervision of Kyra Kyrklund and her partner Richard White.

Hindle has returned to her former mentor and trainer Kyra Kyrklund in order to fine-tune Lancet for the 2006 World Equestrian Games hosted in Aachen, Germany, in August. Furthermore, with Richard White on the sideline she is jazzing up stallions Diamond Hit (Don Schufro x Ramino) and Fürstenreich (Florestan x Matador) for them to make their Grand Prix debut this autumn.

Emma spent five years studying with Kyrklund at the Swedish State Stud in Flyinge, Sweden, before she moved to Germany in 1998 to establish her own farm, Brookhouse Stud. She picked up the collaboration with Kyrklund and White in the early spring of 2006 and is already reaping the fruits of this revitalized tuition. Never before has Lancet looked so collected and relaxed in his work, staying up in the frame and with his nose at the right spot.

At the CDIO Aachen in May, Hindle and Lancet were the best performing British combination in the Grand Prix, earning 69.333%. A tiny mistake in the single tempi changes kept the score from going over the magical 70% marker. At the CDI Wiesbaden in June, Emma left the arena with the most thrilling feeling.

“I came out with such a great feeling. I had him there and I was so excited to have total control over him and the connection steady throughout the test,” Hindle explained. “If Richard’s students [Brink, Hindle, von Krusenstierna, and Kyrklund] were a team on its own in the nation’s cup at Aachen, we would have finished second behind Germany,” she added jokingly.

In the CDI Wiesbaden Grand Prix Kur to Music, Hindle and Lancet scored 71.750% riding to Wie Weltmeyer’s old music. Emma has contracted the world famous kur composers Cees Slings & Victor Kerkhof (Anky van Grunsven’s in-house kur musicians) to compose a custom made freestyle for Lancet. The kur will be ready for the new show season, which has the 2007 European Championships as highlight of the year.

With the 2006 World Equestrian Games in focus, Hindle is working progressively towards a peak. She is travelling to Kyrklund’s Snow Hill Farm in Great Britain for a two-week intensive training session, which she will conclude with a show, the CDI*** Hartpury.

Van Grunsven and Gal Score at CDI Outdoor Gelderland

Anky van Grunsven and her student Edward Gal were the big tour winners at the CDI Outdoor Gelderland in De Steeg, The Netherlands. Van Grunsven won both the Grand Prix and Special. It was her first outdoor show of the season and Salinero was a bit tense again. In the Grand Prix some small mistakes in the two tempi's and extended trot pushed the score down to 74.291%. In the Special the highly temperamental Salinero was still not very relaxed, but the 74.000% score sufficed for a victory. Edward Gal and his KWPN stallion Lingh (by Flemmingh) finished second in the Grand Prix with 71.375% and won the Kur to Music with 79.600%. Anky placed second in the Kur aboard her second Grand Prix horse Krack C (by Flemmingh).

Silvia Ikle Undefeatable at CDI Bern

At Christine Stuckelberger's international dressage show in Bern, Switzerland, Swiss national champion Silvia Ikle was undefeatable in the big tour. Aboard Salieri CH, Ikle won the Grand Prix (74.042 %) and Special (75.760 %). For the Kur to Music, Ikle saddled her second Grand Prix horse Romario, the dark bay gelding she rode at the 2002 World Equestrian Games. A score of 72.900% gave her the win in the freestyle and kept second placed Marion Henkel at bay.

Hess and Clarke Give Masterclass at CDI Hartpury

Top international judges, Britain’s Stephen Clarke and Germany’s Christoph Hess, will give a masterclass with Olympic rider Carl Hester at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage in Gloucestershire, 5-9 July, 2006.

The festival includes an international dressage competition, a premier league show as well as FEI International Para Equestrian classes. Carl Hester has accepted the invitation to become ambassador to the 2007 World Para Dressage Championships (WPDC) to be held at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, 16-22 July 2007. A key element of his role is the promotion of the WPDC Supporters’ sponsorship package, which Carl is just about to launch.

“I’m thrilled to be asked to take on this role and am keen to begin the work of raising support for these championships. We need money to provide buses with disability access, electric golf buggies and wheelchairs to give all the riders who attend complete freedom of movement. It is easy to forget when we see these remarkable athletes riding, how difficult it can be for many of them to get around when off their horses. The WPDC Supporters’ sponsorship package is one way of attracting people who will enjoy being involved and will help us raise money,” said Carl.

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