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Team, Open

Date20 – 21 August 2004 — 08:30
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ippasias Markopoulou, Markopoulo
Participants39 from 10 countries
FormatFour rider teams. Average of top three scores count towards team total.

Germany, the traditional superpower of dressage, had failed to win the team competition at a major championship on only three occasions since 1964. If you discount the boycotted Moscow Olympic they had been undefeated for 32 years and arrived in Athina as overwhelming favorites. The battle for silver and bronze was expected to be far closer with as many as six nations in contention.

Without Ulla Salzgeber in the German team it might have been a close competition but the performance of Salzgeber and her horse Rusty 47 kept the German winning streak intact. Salzgeber’s score of 78.208 was over 3.5 points more than any other rider and the difference between first and second was greater than that between 2nd and 12th.

A three way contest to decide silver and bronze developed between The Netherlands, Spain and USA. The performance of Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, well supported by Juan Antonio Jiménez and Rafael Soto, provided second placed Spain with a first ever dressage medal and despite the presence of reigning Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven, the US team edged the Netherlands to the bronze medal. Spain’s medal broke the run of three Olympic Games where Germany, the Netherlands and the USA had finished in the exact same order at the top of the leaderboard.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1GermanyGER74.653Gold
Ulla SalzgeberRusty 4778.208
Martin SchaudtWeltall VA73.417
Hubertus SchmidtWansuela Suerte72.333
Heike KemmerBonaparte 6771.292non-scoring
2SpainESP72.917Silver
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat SerraBeauvalais74.667
Rafael SotoInvasor72.792
Juan Antonio JiménezGuizo71.292
Ignacio RamblaOleaje64.750non-scoring
3United StatesUSA71.500Bronze
Debbie McDonaldBrentina73.375
Robert DoverKennedy71.625
Guenter SeidelAragon69.500
Lisa WilcoxRelevant 568.792non-scoring
4NetherlandsNED71.264
Anky van GrunsvenSalinero74.208
Sven RothenbergerBarclay II69.833
Imke Schellekens-BartelsLancet69.750
Marlies Anne van BaalenIdocus64.583non-scoring
5DenmarkDEN69.333
Per SandgaardZancor70.667
Jon PedersenEsprit De Valdemar69.000
Andreas HelgstrandCavan68.333
Lone Castrup JørgensenLudewig G65.750non-scoring
6SwedenSWE68.917
Jan BrinkBriar 89973.250
Tinne WilhelmssonJust Mickey66.917
Louise NathhorstGuinness 88866.583
Minna TeldeSack 90765.375non-scoring
7Great BritainGBR68.903
Carl HesterEscapado70.667
Richard DavisonBallaseyr Royale68.542
Emma HindleWie Weltmeyer67.500
Nicola McGivernActive Walero 1866.458non-scoring
8AustriaAUT66.570
Victoria Max-TheurerFalcao 1268.667
Nina StadlingerEgalité67.375
Fritz GaulhoferWels63.667
Peter GmoserDon Debussy62.750non-scoring
9CanadaCAN66.222
Cindy IshoyProton66.583
Leslie ReidMark66.083
Belinda TrussellRoyan II66.000
Ashley HolzerImperioso64.667non-scoring
10SwitzerlandSUI65.653
Silvia IkléSalieri CH67.042
Christian PlägeRegent66.667
Daniel RamseierPalladio63.250