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Top dressage rider and European Championship team bronze medallist Emma Hindle was born in Preston on May 19, 1975.

Emma’s first experience of riding came at the age of four when she rode a donkey on the beach and, as a result, began riding regularly at her aunt’s stables.

Emma started out in showing, competing in working hunter classes, and then tried her hand at eventing, before finally focusing on dressage.

By age 12, Emma was under instruction from international dressage judge Stephen Clarke, and by 18 she had moved to Flyinge Stud Sweden to train with dressage rider, Kyra Kyrklund.

Emma represented Britain in the junior European Championships in 1989 and 1990, as well as the young riders European Championships in 1992, 1993 and 1996.

In 1993, when Kyra Kyrklund moved to the UK, Emma moved to Frankfurt in Germany to train with Dutch Olympic dressage medallist Ellen Bontje.

Emma was a member of the bronze medal-winning team at the 2003 European Championships at Hickstead with Wie Weltmeyer, and she finished 7th individually with Lancet at the Beijing Olympics.

Having been based at her own Brookhouse Stud in Germany for a number of years, Emma returned to Britain in 2010 and now divides her time between looking after her new son Luke, competing her international horses, working for her father’s property business and running Brookhouse Stud.

Emma’s purchased the 10-year-old Swedish-bred gelding Brisbane, who she believes has the potential to be an Olympic medal contender, from Switzerland early in 2011. She retired Lancet from competition at Hickstead in August 2011.

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Emma at home with
Olympic horse Lancet

Emma & Lancet at
the 2008 Olympic Games