The first half of both the CCI4*-S and CCI5* competitors put on their dancing shoes yesterday in hopes of placing their best foot forward in front of the judges. The remaining 24 four-star and 24 five-star pairings will compete today, hoping to shake up the leaderboards with their dressage performances.
Heather Gillette and her 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Vincent Chase (Value Plus x Her Entourage) will be the first of the 24 contestants to enter the Rolex Arena this morning at 8:00 a.m. The final four-star pair to compete will be Bobby Meyerhoff and his Berlin Brendenburg gelding Albano (Artic x Lucy May) who will trot down the centerline at 11:13 a.m.
The first five-star pair we will see this afternoon will be Jennie Brannigan riding Nina and Timothy Gardner’s 12-year-old German Sport Horse gelding FE Lifestyle (Leo von Faelz x Berina A). Brannigan will ride at 12:30 p.m. with Rolex Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell riding S.H.E. Eventing’s Swedish Warmblood gelding Maybach (Jaguar Mail x Lady Micra) rounding out the five-star dressage tests at 4:14 p.m.
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