Round one of eventing’s two day dressage competition has come to an end and Germany continues to show the same dominance from London.
Germany’ Sandra Auffarth, individual eventing bronze champion of London, takes the lead with a penalty score of 41.60 at the end of today’s morning session. Auffarth and Opgun Louvo displayed the highest level of communication this morning, displaying power and grace with each movement. Auffarath and team Germany are determined to defend their gold title form London with three of the four London medalists returning. Germany’s defending individual eventing gold medalists Michael Jung will undergo his dressage test in the second round of today’s dressage event.
Astier Nichols of team France doesn’t fall far behind Germany’s leading scorer, Sandra Affarth with a penalty score of 42.00 this morning. France is eagar to bring home a title this year and shows clear dominance.
Sam Griffiths keeps up the winning pace for Australia falling 4.7 points behind first place in this morning’s session. Australia is looking to fly their flag high again. After the team shocked all, taking home the gold in Germany a few weeks ago, they are looking to continue their dominance. Australia has a strong chance of doing so if all three of the remaining riders can score well in the dressage discipline.
As predicted, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain, and USA are all in the running for an Olympic title after each rider undertook their dressage test. Padridge McCarthy of Ireland holds 4th place with a score of 46.80, followed by Great Britain’s Gemma Tattersall who holds 5th place with a penalty score of 47.20. Boyd Martin of Team USA hangs close in 6th place with a penalty score of 47.70.
Tune in at 12:30 pm ET to watch the results of this afternoon’s session as day one of eventing dressage comes to an end.