The ECCO FEI World Championships kicked off Friday, Aug. 5, in Herning, Denmark, with the dressage horse inspection, ring familiarization, and a draw for the order of go.
All horses presented were accepted, including the four members of the Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team: Adrienne Lyle and Salvino, Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper, Katie Duerrhammer and Quartett, and Ashley Holzer and Valentine.
The order of go for the team championship Grand Prix, to take place Saturday and Sunday, was established Friday, with the U.S. drawing the last position of the 19 countries who have sent teams.
Duerrhammer will be first out for the team, riding at 2:11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, local time (8:11 a.m. Eastern Time), and Holzer will follow at 7:54 p.m. (1:54 p.m. ET). On Sunday, Aug. 7, Peters will ride at 4:14 p.m. (10:14 a.m. ET) while Lyle, in the team’s anchor position, will be the very last to go of the 93 starters, at 7:54 p.m (1:54 p.m. ET).
Along with the 19 countries that sent teams, there are a number of individual riders in the field representing their countries, including Anush Agarwalla and Shruti Vora of India, as well as Diana Al Shaer of Palestine.
For the full start list, click here.
Organizers said a projected 200,000 spectators are expected on the grounds Saturday, and they expect 150 million virtual viewers from around the world. The competition can be viewed on FEI TV, which requires a subscription.
The Chronicle is on site to bring you interviews, photos and stories daily, so follow along at coth.com. We’ll have full analysis from the competition in the Sept. 5 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine.
For the full Herning World Championships schedule, click here.