Britain’s Emma Hindle Takes Grand Prix, Grand Prix Kür at Wiesbaden

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Emma Hindle and Lancet II at the Beijing Olympics. © 2008 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Emma Hindle and Lancet II at the Beijing Olympics. © 2008 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WIESBADEN, Germany, June 1–German-based Briton Emma Hindle rode her 2008 Olympic mount Lancet II to victory in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Kür at Wiesbaden CDI3*.

“There’s nothing better than to hear the British national anthem playing, especially in Germany” Hindle said of the two classes with the 16.2-hand stallion that scored 70.89 per cent in the Grand Prix and 73.95 per cent in the Kür.

“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 (CDIO at the end of June). 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.”

The music was selected from the Bryan Adams soundtrack for the film Spirit.

Hindle trains with Richard White, the husband of Kyra Kyrklund, as does the second placegetter in both classes, Denmark’s Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein on her home-bred Rigoletto, with scores of 70.72 per cent and 72.45 per cent, respectively.

Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on Scandic with 69.57 per cent was third in the Grand Prix while compatriot Maria von Essen on Vivo was third in the freestyle on 70.80 per cent.

Germany filled the top three places in the Grand Prix for Special with Matthias Alexander Rath and Sterntaler-Unicef in first place on 73.15 per cent, Isabell Werth and Warum Nicht FRH second on 72.86 per cent and Monica Theodorescu and Whisper third with 71.79 per cent.

Werth and Warum Nicht, however, took first place in the Grand Special with 76.71 per cent, Rath was second on 74.42 per cent and Theodorescu third on 74.04 per cent.