British Olympic Dressage Team Announced

Wed, 06/25/2008 - 00:00
2008 Olympic Games

The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced the three horse and rider combinations that make up the dressage members of Team GB for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The British Olympic Dressage Team includes

  • Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s Mistral Hojris,
  • Jane Gregory riding Greenlands Farm Ltd’s Lucky Star
  • Emma Hindle riding her own Lancet

A travelling reserve for the Dressage Team will be announced in due course.

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The selected British dressage riders are ecstatic about their nomination.

Laura Bechtolsheimer said: “It’s very exciting, our whole season has been focused on selection but to have it confirmed still feels surreal, it hasn’t sunk in. Mistral Hojris is very special and I feel privileged to have a horse like him to take to my first Olympics. We have come a long way together and I feel confident that he will give it everything.”

Jane Gregory said: “I am in a state of shock! My goal this year has been to improve my riding and my training; we’ve been enjoying our international success so much and never dared to hope we would be in contention for an Olympic team position. I have ridden Lucky Star since he was 4 years old, he is an extraordinary horse and we are both preparing to give this all we’ve got.”

Emma Hindle said: “I am thrilled to be selected again to represent Great Britain. I have a great horse in Lancet and I am confident that we should be able to perform well in Hong Kong.”

Team captain Richard Davison said: “The selectors have given me a strong team to work with. All the riders work and interact extremely well together and both they and their back-up crews are now committed to preparing for every detail over the coming weeks. They have shown extremely good and consistent results throughout the season and I am confident we have a competitive team.”

Photos copyrighted: Astrid Appels - Aram Gregory

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