British team member Emma Hindle put Great Britain on track for a good showing at the Aachen CDIO in Germany yesterday.

Emma scored 69.25% with Wie Weltmeyer to earn fourth place in the grand prix, with another day of competition today.

The result was a welcome boost for British hopes,as Emile Faurie had earlier been forced to retire Lady Bamford’s Westphalian mare Whoopi, after the horse bit her tongue towards the end of the test and drew blood.

Judy Harvey, chef d’equipe told Horse & Hound Online: “It could happen to anyone at any time. The mare answered all the questions put to her and it was really bad luck that this happened before the end of the test.”

After the first day, Germany’s Klaus Husenbeth with Piccolino is in the lead on 71.67%, while Kyra Kirkland, with her Athens 2004 hope, striking grey Oldenburg Andimo Tyme, is just behind on 70.79%. Germany’s Anne-Kathrin Lindenhoff is in third with Renoir-Unicef on 69.63%.

Today will see British team members Richard Davison (Ballaseyr Royale) and Fiona Bigwood (Habanna 3) ride their grand prix tests.

  • For in-depth reportage on the British team’s performance in Aachen don’t miss next Thursday’s issue of Horse & Hound (26 June).

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