Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 10
Eventing is over at the Rio Olympics, and it’s time for dressage to take center stage. The first group of horses have completed their Grand Prix tests this morning, including the first U.S. rider, Allison Brock on Rosevelt, who scored a 72.68 percent.
“He felt great coming in and cantered in and halted super,” said Brock, who splits her time between Wellington, Fla., and Keswick, Va. “That first trot extension felt amazing. He was trying really hard. I have to give him a lot of credit. It’s his first Olympic Games and my first Olympic Games, but he handled everything quite well.
“I was really happy with my warm-up,” she continued. “I was trying to be very conservative to be sure I had enough horse in the ring. He was great. He likes it here. He likes the venue. I gave myself about 25 minutes from start to finish, and [I was] very, very methodical. I have a pretty set routine with that horse. I will literally tick boxes through different movements, just checking the thoroughness throughout. But I touch everything in the test at least once. If there’s something I need to redo, I’ll redo it. He was pretty with me through the warm-up.”
Great Britain’s Spencer Wilton put in a lovely test with Super Nova II and is currently tied with Brock. The horse started out a bit tense but relaxed as he continued.
“It’s a big occasion for him, and for me,” said Wilton, 43. “And the mistake in the ones, I’m going to be having nightmares about that, but never mind. Once I got the walk over and done with, he started to kind of breathe. I felt him [take a deep breath] in the walk and then we both kind of got a bit better. I don’t know what they looked like, but I was pleased with the pirouettes because they can be quite difficult.”
Sweden’s Mads Hendeliowitz and Jimmie Choo Seq, who were subbed in yesterday after Therese Nilshagen’s Dante Weltino failed the horse inspection, are third with a 71.77 percent.
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