I'm going to need sedatives before this is all over... I'm not used to dressage being so nail-bitingly close! Doesn't help either that my loyalties are completely divided between the UK and US, and I'll be completely confused for the individual final. I think I need blood pressure meds.
Steffen really has to put in a blockbuster test (or someone else has to blow it) or we may not move up to the team finals. I take that back upon second thought, I'm going to think we can beat Australia for a team spot.
Great being able to watch so many tests! Even if my feed isnt always the best.
My impressions from a lowly rider/spectator who couldnt see all the details due to the feed:
Seems like many more open, more free-flowing tests than the last Olympics. And they are scoring well.
Any one else think Gal was overscored? I thought his horse was tight and "held" the whole test - horizontal curb through most. Seemed like what we saw more of four years ago. I would have thought he would have been marked down more in every movement even though they performed many movements well, save for that. To me, the whole performance lacked the ease and self-carriage and appeared held-together. In contrast Desperados looked lovely!
I've kinda gotten used to the helmet with tails thing. Looked weird at first, but now I think it might be a nice combo - tails for the elegance and helmet to indicate it is still a sport! (and of course to protect!)