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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.

Canada's Belinda Trussell Rides to a 66.00% - Grand Prix Day 2

Canada's Belinda Trussell rode to a 66.00% in her Olympic debut aboard Royan II. Anky van Grunsven (NED) & Salinero have taken the lead with 74.208%. The challengers, Germany's Ulla Salzgeber & Rusty, are still to come. Debbie McDonald and Brentina have put in a super test for the USA team effort and scored 73.375%.  Robert Dover & FBW Kennedy rode to 71.625%.  This is a great boost to the American team medal effort.  Germany's Martin Schaudt gets 73.417% to help retain Germany's lead.  As results come in, Spain is pulling up great marks with 2 marks over 71%. 

Leslie Reid Leads Canadian Dressage Team at Athens Olympics

Following the first of day of Grand Prix Team competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Leslie Reid of Langley, BC, leads the Canadian Dressage Team.

Leslie Reid Leads Canada Into Olympic Dressage

Leslie Reid of Langley BC rode Deryol Andrews’ ten year old Dutch gelding Mark to a fifteenth place finish in the first day of team competition today at the Olympic Games. Reid was the first to go for Canada, and was the thirteenth competitor in the two day team contest.

Germany is leading the Dressage Team competition at the end of the first day

Twenty-six riders out of 56 have competed in the first session of the Grand Prix Team competition, which also serves as 1st qualifier for the individual medals. The German team achieved 71.813 % after their two first riders Heike Kemmer / Bonaparte and Hubertus Schmidt / Wansuela Suerto. With a combined score of 69.146 %, United States lays in second place after rides from Günter Seidel and Lisa Wilcox, who has only recently returned to competition, after six months out with an injury to her horse Relevant 5.


Athens, 1:00pm EEST- - - Leslie Reid of Langley, BC and the 10-year-old Mark made their Olympic debut today at Markopoulo Equestrian Centre and were rewarded with a score of 66.083.  Later she said although Mark was very aware of his impressive surroundings resulting in tightness, he  absolutely tried to do his best to be obedient. “I’m glad I got to go up the centre line! she said.  Christilot Boylen, who is coaching Reid here as well as Belinda Trussell, noted “It’s a big step up to the big tour.”  Ashley Holzer and Imperioso, last of the Canadians to go on this first day of dressage competition, received a conservative score of 64.750 for a conservative ride, a result that clearly disappointed her.  Rafael Soto (ESP) and Invasor had the day's top score of 72.792.  More later .  . .

Dressage Heavyweight Medal Favourites

Anky van Grunsven (NED), the defending gold medallist in Individual Dressage, will be competing in her fifth Olympic Games in Athens. The Dutch rider will be competing with the relatively new partnership with a new horse, 10-year-old SALINERO, replacing her very successful BONFIRE.

Canada’s Dressage Team Ready In Athens

With the veterinary inspection safely behind them, Canada’s all-female Olympic dressage team is preparing for the first day of team competition tomorrow. 52 horses from 18 countries will compete over two days in the team Grand Prix test.

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