The dressage competition of the Rio Olympic Games began with the Grand Prix—you can read all about how it went down here in the Chronicle’s coverage from yesterday.
The short story is the German team is looking pretty unbeatable, and Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro boosted the British team into second with a test that put them on top individually. A personal best Grand Prix from Legolas and Steffen Peters combined with excellent efforts from Laura Graves, Allison Brock and Kasey Perry-Glass put the U.S. team into third.
The Grand Prix Special scores complete the team competition. The Special goes on Aug. 12 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST). Team medals are awarded after the Special, with the Grand Prix and Special scores each counting 50 percent toward the cumulative score.
The top 18 individual riders after the Grand Prix and Special go forward to the Grand Prix freestyle on Aug. 15, where they’ll ride for individual medals. They start on a clean slate score-wise, so the freestyle score determines the individual medal finish.
The Chronicle reporters will be doing a round-by-round blog of the action of the Grand Prix Special and of the Grand Prix freestyle on Aug. 15. We’ll also be tracking down some great stories about the riders who inspire us! Make sure to check www.coth.com and on the COTH Facebook page to keep up to date.
ONES TO WATCH IN THE GRAND PRIX SPECIAL:
|Allison Brock/Rosevelt/USA||1:02 p.m. EST|
|Kasey Perry-Glass/Dublet/USA||1:29 p.m. EST|
|Steffen Peters/Legolas 92/USA||2:11 p.m. EST|
|Laura Graves/Verdades/USA||2:38 p.m. EST|
|Edward Gal/Voice/NED||9:54 a.m. EST|
|Catherine Dufour/Cassidy/DEN||10:54 a.m. EST|
|Hans Peter Minderhoud/Johnson/NED||11:03 a.m. EST|
|Sönke Rothenberger/Cosmo/GER||1:11 p.m. EST|
|Spencer Wilton/Super Nova II/GBR||1:20 p.m. EST|
|Dorothee Schneider/Showtime FRH/GER||1:38 p.m. EST|
|Fiona Bigwood/Orthilia/GBR||2:02 p.m. EST|
|Kristina Broring-Sprehe/Desperados FRH/GER||2:20 pm.m EST|
|Carl Hester/Nip Tuck/GBR||2:29 p.m. EST|
|Isabell Werth/Weihegold OLD/GER||2:47 p.m. EST|
|Charlotte Dujardin/Valegro/GBR||2:56 p.m. EST|
THE SCHEDULE AND LIVE STREAM LINKS
Aug. 15 – Dressage – Grand Prix freestyle (individual medals) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST)
LIVE STREAM On TV: USA (live broadcast) (10:30 – 12:30 EST)