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August 14, 2004

Dressage Individuals To Watch

The Olympics Run In Emma Hindle's Blood
An individual medal isn't within her reach, but she's the top scorer on an improved squad, writes Nicole Lever.


For the first time, all four British riders are capable of scoring 70 percent at Grand Prix, and they could threaten the medal contenders. But it's Emma Hindle who stands the greatest chance to rise above her teammates and earn a place in the individual freestyle final in Athens.

Hindle and Wie Weltmeyer started to attract attention during the 2002/2003 show season. She's been partnered with the Hanoverian stallion since 2000 and it's taken Hindle, relatively inexperienced at Grand Prix, time to flourish.


At the 2003 Open European Championships in Hickstead (Great Britain), Hindle anchored the bronze-medal British team and finished a respectable eighth individually. It was the first time in 10 years that Great Britain had won a medal at the European Championships.  The 34-year-old was then the only British rider who qualified for April's FEI World Cup Final in D

 
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