FEI World Cup Dressage 2004/2005 Season  

24 Nov 2004

Stockholm International Horse Show Preview 
 
The second of nine Western European League qualifiers for the FEI World
Cup dressage takes place this weekend in Sweden at Stockholm's Globen
arena. Not only are vital qualifying points at stake, but also one of
three Mitsubishi Outlanders up for grabs at the show will go to the
winner of Sunday afternoon's FEI World Cup Freestyle.

Germany's Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff currently leads the points' standings
very comfortably, having won the Central league qualifier at Marianske
Lazne in August then placed second in the Western European league opener
in Aarhus last month. Linsenhoff, who has entered Renoir UNICEF for
Stockholm, has the chance to further cement the foundations of her route
to the Las Vegas Final next April.

Andreas Helgstrand, who leads a strong Danish challenge, brings Blue
Hors Cavan, who he partnered to victory in Aarhus. Helgstrand is joined
by his Athens team-mates Per Sandgaard (Zancor) and Jon D. Pedersen on
the evergreen Esprit de Valdemar.

Sadly last year's popular winner on home ground, Jan Brink, has had to
withdraw Bjorsells Briar, who sustained a knee injury before Aarhus. The
stallion has recovered well, but is not match-fit.

Also sitting this one out, although she will be in Stockholm presenting
'Kyra's Corner' which will include interviews with all the top riders
after Saturday morning's Grand Prix, Finnish ace and Brink's trainer
Kyra Kyrklund had postpone her World Cup campaign when Max suffered a
very stiff neck, probably from rolling in his stable. Although he is
better, and on form to recommence at Olympia next month, Kyra's vet
advised against the long journey from England at this time.

For the home side, newly crowned Swedish Champion Tinne Vilhelmson has
entered Just Mickey, and Jan Brink's partner Minne Telde will compete
Bjorsells Sack. Louise Nathhorst also represents the home side with
Guinness.

A big challenge can be expected from Spain's Olympic bronze medallists
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Beauvalais, who make their World Cup debut this
season in Stockholm. Germany's Heike Kemmer, another former finalist,
also makes Stockholm her first World Cup appearance this season with
Albano.

Timings
Saturday 27th November, 9.20 a.m.
FEI Grand Prix
Sunday 28th November, 12.55 p.m.
FEI World Cup Freestyle to Music qualifier

Press Contact:

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For more information:
Stockholm International Horse Show

www.stockholmhorseshow.com
The FEI World Cup Dressage, initiated in 1985, is the only worldwide series in this discipline. It comprises qualifying leagues encompassing Western and Central Europe, North America, Canada and Australia. Each FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier comprises a Grand Prix test, which in turn is a qualification for the Freestyle to Music competition, where
league
points are accumulated towards places in the Final. Judged on both technical and artistic merit, the FEI World Cup Dressage combines art, sport and partnership between horse and rider at the highest level and consistently proves a winning formula with audiences all over the world.

 
 

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