The American Team riding for the final spot on the United States Olympic Team dominated the first two placings of the Grand Prix today at Bad Honnef Dressage, for their final selection trial. Sue Blinks and the Hanoverian Flim Flam owned by Fritz Kundrun won the Grand Prix in a carefully ridden test scoring a 67.48%.
Christine Traurig a close second placed with a 67.2, in spite of missing some of the flying changes in the test. Two of Olympic judges, Volker Moritz (GER) and Mary Seefried (AUS) were there to take a last look before seeing the team at Sydney. Seefried described Blink's ride as illustrating classical dressage and good training, but "I would like to see her take more of a risk which would show the tremendous potential this horse and her training have to offer."
While the Americans dominated the results in the Grand Prix, they are all fully aware that these scores will not hold up in the tight race for an Olympic medal. With another large show in Norten-Hardenberg, Germany, and the Dutch Championships held in Nijmegen, Holland, there was not the tough competition they will be facing in Sydney coming up in September. However, the idyllic setting of the charming show held on an island on the Rhine River, just south of Cologne Germany, provided them with the exposure to an international judges' panel and the mileage needed in preparation for the Games.