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Canadian Karen Brain Wins Second Paralympic Equestrian Bronze

Canadian Paralympian Karen Brain of London, ON, accomplished a significant victory for Canada by winning her second bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games in the Grade IV Freestyle dressage test on September 24, 2004.

Canadian Karen Brain Wins Paralympic Equestrian Bronze

Canadian Paralympian Karen Brain of London, ON, scored a major victory for Canada by winning the bronze medal in the Grade IV Championship dressage test at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games on September 22, 2004. 

Update on Royal Kaliber

 "Following radiography and ultrasound examination, an acute strain of the superficial digital flexor tendon was diagnosed. The horse is being treated with analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs, the tendon iced and the limb supported." explained Leo Jeffcott, President of the Veterinary Commission.  The horse just returned to his box at the time this release is being sent out.

Diary from Athens - Grand Prix Freestyle

There was showmanship, there was brilliant horsemanship, there were glitches – and they all made Freestyle day at the Markopoulo Equestrian Centre today an incredible event.  The spectator stands were full with huge patches of  orange, or red, or blue  – depending upon the partisanship of the group in each area.

Judges' Comments Following the Freestyle

"SALINERO's strength today was in the extensions, his passage and the transitions. RUSTY was very good in the series of changes, and in the half passes, both in trot and canter". Mariette Withages (BEL) - President of the ground jury

Anky Van Grunsven and Salinero secure Individual Gold for the Netherlands

With a combined score of 79.253 % the Dutch Freestyle Queen, who won six World Cup Finals, ended up with a deserved score of 85.825 % after a stylish Kür on “L’Esprit Chanson” including a number of French famous songs.

Rider Comments from the Grand Prix Freestyle

"My horse likes classical music and flamengo tunes. You see he is Andalusian and he carries the rtythm in his blood". - Rafael Soto (ESP)

Anky van Grunsven Wins Second Consecutive Gold

Any van Grunsven & Salinero rode away with her second consecutive individual Gold medal after today's freestyle performance. The judging panel were virtually unanimous in their decision.

Canadian Olympic Dressage Team Improves World Standing

By way of its ninth place finish at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, the Canadian Dressage Team improved its world ranking, moving into ninth position.

Diary From Athens - Another Day

The wind blew up again today and caused some problems in the dressage arena, especially for Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty.  His usual error-free performance was marred by late transitions and difficulties with the flying changes, along with a spook in one corner.  Nevertheless I’m sure their score of 74.840% would be gladly accepted by most dressage riders.

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