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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.

Comments from the Silver & Bronze Dressage Team Medallists

"The Olympic medal is very important and it will remain deep in our heart. I am very proud of my colleagues. As for myself, I believe I have passed a fantastic test and my horse showed his great attitude." - Beatriz FERRER-SALAT (ESP) - Silver medallist

Dressage Team Gold for Germany

Germany came from an unaccustomed second-place to win its 11th gold medal in Team Dressage. Spain was in the lead before the fourth rider. It was left to Ulla SALZGEBER, with 17-year-old RUSTY, to secure the win for Germany with a score of 78.208 per cent. Spain won its first Olympic medal with a team score of 72.917, pushing the United States back to bronze.


Athens, 1:30pm EEST- - - Cindy Ishoy and Proton were the top Canadian finishers in the Individual Grand Prix Dressage Qualifier.  They earned a score of 66.583, putting them in to 31st place overall.  Belinda Trussell and Royan II received a score of 66.000, one point behind what she had hoped for, but nevertheless said she was not disappointed.  The Canadian Team finished in 9th place, up one spot from their world ranking.  The Team Gold was awarded to Germany while Spain won its first Olympic medal ever by taking the Silver.  Bronze went to the United States. With an amazing performance and a score to match, 78.208, Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty appear to be on track for an Individual Gold.  Dressage competition continues Monday with the Grand Prix Special for the top 25 individuals.

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