No one could top Sandra Auffarth and Dörthe Loheit and Marina Köhncke’s 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding Let’s Dance 73’s (Lancer II x Stella VIII) score of 24.9 from yesterday’s dressage competition at the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L, but British rider Laura Collett and London 52 (Landos x Vernante) came the closest. Collett and her own, Keith Scott, and Karen Bartlett’s 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding laid down a 26.0 for third place heading into tomorrow’s cross-country competition. The pair were winners earlier this year in the Chatsworth CCI4*-S.
Fellow Brit Sarah Bullimore and Corouet (Balou du Rouet x Lilly Corinne), her own, Brett Bullimore, and the Kew Jumping Syndicate’s 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding, were the only other pair to break into the top 10 today, scoring a 26.5 to sit tied for sixth place with Michael Jung and Mitt Hjärta Hästsport and Hälsocenter’s Creevagh Cooley (Camiro de Haar Z x Darragh Field), an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare.
Tamra Smith and Mai Baum (Loredano x Ramira), Eric Markell and Ellen and Alex Ahearn's 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding, now sit in eight place on their score of 26.7. Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois, the Stella Artois Syndicate's 11-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare, are in 31st on 31.3 and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal), The Monster Partnership's 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, lie in a four-way tie for 39th on 31.7.
Team reserve rider Matt Flynn and Patrick and Kathleen Flynn and Merry Go Round Farm's 10-year-old KWPN gelding Wizzerd (Wizzerd x Amai) scored a 32.9 today for 53rd place going into cross-country.
As all FEI Eventing Nations Cup team riders rode yesterday, the team standings from the first day of competition remain unchanged today.
While you’re waiting for tomorrow’s cross-country action to begin, take a tour around the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L cross-country course!
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While Great Britain has a strong lead in the team competition at Tokyo 2020 after the second session of dressage, the USA has climbed up two places to ninth courtesy of Phillip Dutton’s score of 30.5 on Z.
The world number one Oliver Townend has put Great Britain in gold medal position after the first of three sessions of dressage at the Tokyo Olympics.
Second into the arena, Townend delivered an extremely accurate performance and did not waste a mark on the flea-bitten grey 14-year-old Ballaghmor Class to score 23.6 - the fifth-best mark by a British rider at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings.
It’s the turn of the world’s best eventing athletes to stand under the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games spotlight over the next few days as all but one of the horses presented at this morning’s horse inspection at Baji Koen Equestrian Park were confirmed for action by the Ground Jury.