France comes into day two of eventing hungry for a title. The team held the No. 4 spot at the end of day one, with riders Austier Nichols and Karim Langouag claiming the No. 4 and No.5 spots on the individual leaderboard. Thibault Vallette and horse Qing Du Briot’s keep up the team’s dominant pace with a stellar performance, bringing France to the top of the leaderboard. The duo displays a four star performance, executing all four marks of the test with a score of 41.0 penalties. Vallette’s first Olympic performance positions him in the No. 4 spot between Germany’s Olympic champions, Michael Jung and Sandra Auffarth. With Matthew Lethieu still to perform, France is positioned right where they want to be going into cross-country tomorrow.
Ireland’s Jonty Evans and horse Cooley Rorkes Drift exhibit a personal best performance with a 41.2 penalty score. The duo’s phenomenal canter work truly impressed the judges. Their top five performance score helps bring Ireland to the No.3 spot.
Germany falls short of France with a combined score of 127.3. The team must rely on 2012 golden girl Ingrid Klime to give a top 10 performance to secure the leading spot going into the second discipline Monday.
Great Britain’s Pippa Funnel proves her spot on the team with a 43.9 penalty score, positioning her at the No.9 spot on the leaderboard. Funnel is replacing teammate Izzy Taylor whose horse was ruled ineligible to compete due to injury.
New Zealand, Australia, and USA remain competitive for a top 5 spot. Team USA must rely on Phillip Dutton to excel in his dressage test in order to position the team at a top spot going into cross-crountry. Australia’s last resort to bring the team into a leading position is Shane Rose. Currently holding down the No. 5 spot on the leading board, New Zealand is relying on Jonelle Price to advance the team’s positioning on the leaderboard.