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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.

Germany’s Ulla Salzgeber Clings to Narrow Lead in Individual Olympic Dressage

The race for individual medals in Olympic dressage is playing out according to predictions, in spite of questionable performances from the leaders and outstanding tests by their followers. Still in the lead is Ulla Salzgeber of Germany on Rusty, but the gap has been eaten up by defending Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven from The Netherlands on Salinero.

Riders' Comments about the Grand Prix Speciale

"RUSTY today was very fresh and I was afraid that I might have problems because of the wind. I made too many mistakes and I hope that I will not make them again on Wednesday." - Ulla Salzgeber - Germany

Salzgeber Loses Advantage with Grand Prix Speciale

German favourite Ulla Salzgeber lost her advantage further to the windy conditions brought on by the Meltemi. After several mistakes from her 16-year-old gelding Rusty, mainly in the flying changes, the German rider has now a slight advantage on 76.524 % finishing her Grand Prix Special on a score of 74.84%.


Athens, 1:30pm EEST- - - It was Dutch rider Anky van Grunsven’s day today in the dressage arena at the Markopoulo Equestrian Centre.  She earned the top score of 77.800 for a very correct Grand Prix Special performance with the 10-year-old Salinero.  The leader going into today, Germany’s Ulla Salzgeber, ran into some trouble, which began in the warmup ring where the gusting wind continually blew down the letters around the ring.  And then in their performance, Rusty had a slight spook in one corner and some uncharacteristic errors in the transitions. However her score of 74.840 keeps her at the top of the scoreboard.  More later . . 

Diary from Athens - It Was Beginning to Look Like a German Medal Sweep

I was just about to write about an impending sweep of equestrian medals by the Germans when I received an e-mail about the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s ruling to overturn the Appeal Committee’s decision made in the eventing debacle Wednesday.  Now Germany has to give up the Team Gold it was awarded and Bettina Hoy has to surrender the Individual Gold. 

Canadian Dressage Team Places Ninth at Athens Olympics

The Canadian Dressage Team placed ninth overall at the conclusion of the Team competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. This is up one place from their current world rankings.

Cindy Ishoy and Proton Top Canadians in Athens

Cindy Ishoy of Jerseyville, Ontario finished as the best Canadian in  team dressage competition at the Olympics today. On her ten year old gelding Proton, Ishoy rode a nearly mistake-free test with highlights in the piaffe and extended walk to receive a score of 66.583%, which tied her individually in 31st place with Russia’s Elena Sidneva.

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