After a moment of silence declared by the organizing committee the final section of the morning Grand Prix class, Sue Blinks and Flim Flam riding for the USA, are in first place with a 70.240, after the best Grand Prix in his career, with no mistakes. What better way for th American Dressage Team to honor this day. The first horse of the German team, Renoir-Uniceff (Oldenburg x Rubenstein), ridden by Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff, was two rides before, and is currently standing second with a 72.240.
Chef d'Equipe for the USA, Jessica Ransenhousen explained the American's strategy for the order in which the team will ride."Sue went first because Flim Flam is a cornerstone horse. We chose him for the first position because this is a pair who has been seen. Then we will bring on the new look, Debbie McDonald and Brentina.
This is Flim Flam's third time in a World Class event, having competed at the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome, and the 2000 Sydney Olympics. "We've never looked this good before." Said Blinks right after her ride. We (The USA) are a close knit team, and we've got our bases loaded. Flim Flam has never had a better Grand Prix test. The back was the strongest in the test, the pirouettes very much improved. They were a weak spot in the past. Throughout the entire test, there were no mistakes. That's something !
It's amazing what Flim Flam has done in his life, and Breyer is going to make a model of him. I feel great and am very pleased.
Stay tuned to HorsesDaily as we continue our coverage of the 2002 World Equestrian Games.
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Horsesdaily "On the Scene" at the 2002 World Equestrian Games