Rio de Janeiro – August 11, 2016 – Canada’s Belinda Trussell and Anton led off the second day of Grand Prix competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Follow us on Twitter @PSdressage for updates throughout the day. Major updates and standings will also be posted below.
3:30 p.m. – Isabell Werth’s 80.643 percent with Weihegold OLD put them into fourth place, narrowly behind teammate Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH. That means Laura Graves and Steffen Peters finish the day fifth and sixth, respectively. Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro held onto the lead in what was a promising performance for their title defense during Monday’s individual final. But the focus on Friday will be the team competition, as Germany works to maintain their advantage, Great Britain tries to put the pressure on, and the United States aims to hold off the Netherlands to secure their podium positions. Click here for the full wrap-up of the Grand Prix, including team standings.
2:48 p.m. – Although Germany’s final rider, Isabell Werth, is still to come, they will lead the team competition regardless of her result. Great Britain is in second, and the U.S. is in third place over the Dutch team. The six teams qualifying for the Grand Prix Special are as follows:
2. Great Britain
3. United States
2:22 p.m. – Laura Graves has been doing her homework with Verdades, and it shows. They performed some of their best work to date, improving on their piaffe and cleaning up little details throughout the test. An unfortunate mistake at the end of the half-pass zigzag lowered their mark there as well as in the one-tempis, but beautiful two-tempis, canter pirouettes, and trot work earned them a provisional score of 78.086 percent for the U.S.
1:33 p.m. – Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro know how to perform when it counts. A cool, steady ride from Dujardin shows off Valegro’s many highlights and earns them a provisional score of 85.071 percent, putting them well into the lead.
12:15 p.m. – Germany still leads the way after the morning session, but there’s a new name on top of the leaderboard. Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH, currently the top-ranked pair in the world, were last to compete in Thursday’s morning group and laid down an impressive score of 82.257 despite a couple of bobbles.
Also shaking up the standings was Steffen Peters, who scored a 77.614 percent and said Legolas 92 “delivered everything that I dreamed of.” They are now ranked third going into the final group of competitors.
Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour earned a big score of 76.657 percent on Cassidy, bolstering their team’s position. Spain’s Severo Jurado Lopez and Lorenzo also performed well, scoring a 76.429 percent.
Nip Tuck had an unfortunate spook at a flower during his test with Great Britain’s Carl Hester, who joked that the horse needed glasses. Hester was still able to pull off a score of 75.529 percent. The pressure is now on Charlotte Dujardin to deliver a big score for Great Britain.
Standings before the final afternoon session of the Grand Prix (top 20)
1. Kristina Bröring-Sprehe/GER/Desperados FRH/82.257
2. Dorothee Schneider/GER/Showtime FRH/80.986
3. Steffen Peters/USA/Legolas 92/77.614
4. Sönke Rothenberger/GER/Cosmo 59/77.329
5. Fiona Bigwood/GBR/Orthilia/77.157
6. Cathrine Dufour/DEN/Cassidy/76.657
7. Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez/ESP/Lorenzo/76.429
8. Diederik van Silfhout/NED/Arlando/75.900
9. Carl Hester/GBR/Nip Tuck/75.529
10. Edward Gal/NED/Voice/75.271
11. Kasey Perry-Glass/USA/Dublet/75.229
12. Juliette Ramel/SWE/Buriel K.H./74.943
13. Judy Reynolds/IRL/Vancouver K/74.700
14. Patrik Kittel/SWE/Deja/74.586
15. Marcela Krinke Susmelj/SUI/Molberg/72.700
T16. Allison Brock/USA/Rosevelt/72.686
T16. Spencer Wilton/GBR/Super Nova II/72.686
18. Agnete Kirk Thinggaard/DEN/Jojo AZ/72.229
19. Belinda Trussell/CAN/Anton/72.214
20. Mads Hendeliowitz/SWE/Jimmie Choo SEQ/71.771
August 10, 2016
Australia’s Suzanne Hearn was the first down centerline Wednesday morning for the Grand Prix, the opening competition for equestrian dressage at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Grand Prix continues Thursday, with two riders from each team competing Wednesday and the other two coming out Thursday.
3:15 p.m. – At the close of the first day of Grand Prix competition, Germany holds a strong position with its riders sitting first and second. Dorothee Schneider posted the only score over 80 percent, earning a mark of 80.986 percent for an impressive test on Showtime FRH. Great Britain’s Fiona Bigwood and Orthilia sit in third, followed by the Netherlands’ Edward Gal on Voice and the United States’ Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet. Click here for a full wrap-up of the day’s competition.
1:50 p.m. – According to Adelinde Cornelissen, Parzival was not feeling his best due to an insect bite discovered yesterday morning that caused a high fever. She and team vet felt he would be fit to compete after looking in better shape last night and this morning, but Cornelissen noted that in the ring, “he felt totally empty and I didn’t want to push him through this.”
1:00 p.m. – Sönke Rothenberger, making his Olympic debut at age 21, showed exactly why Germany is favored for team gold. As the pathfinders for the team, Rothenberger and Cosmo 59 surge into the lead with a score of 77.329 percent.
12:45 p.m. – Adelinde Cornelissen has chosen to retire Parzival partway through the trot tour of their Grand Prix test. The withdrawal of the defending individual silver medalists leaves the Dutch team with just three riders.
12:30 p.m. – The United States’ Allison Brock on Rosevelt and Great Britain’s Spencer Wilton on Super Nova II both turned in strong efforts for their respective teams Wednesday morning as the Grand Prix of the Rio Olympic Games kicked off. The two sit tied for first going into the afternoon session.
Standings following the morning session of the Grand Prix
T1. Allison Brock/USA/Rosevelt/72.686
T1. Spencer Wilton/GBR/Super Nova II/72.686
3. Mads Hendeliowitz/SWE/Jimmie Choo SEQ/71.771
4. Megan Lane/CAN/Caravella/71.286
5. Anders Dahl/DEN/Selten HW/69.900
6. Claudio Castilla Ruiz/ESP/Alcaide/69.814
7. Ludovic Henry/FRA/After You/69.214
8. Dongseon Kim/KOR/Bukowski/68.657
9. Julie Brougham/NZL/Vom Feinsten/68.543
10. Akane Kuroki/JPN/Toots/66.900
11. Valentina Truppa/ITA/Chablis/65.971
12. Pedro Tavares de Almeida/BRA/Xaparro do Vouga/65.714
13. Suzanne Hearn/AUS/Remmington/65.343
14. Christian Zimmermann/PLE/Aramis 606/63.271
15. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz/DOM/Foco Loco W/61.300
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