This year’s World Equestrian Games started with a bang after a spectacular opening ceremony that celebrated both Norman and equestrian history. You can see highlights from the opening ceremony on FEI TV here.
The first day of competition saw the Reining, Dressage, and Para Dressage get underway with a promising start for all Team GBR competitors:
Monday 25th August was the first day of the team Grand Prix Dressage competition and currently Britain is sitting in a competitive third place behind Germany (Gold) and The Netherlands (Silver).
Carl Hester and Nip Tuck are sitting in individual third place with a score of 74.186%. The second member of the Team GBR team, Gareth Hughes, is sitting in individual 15th place with a score of 96.714%.
Everything is still to play for as Michael Eilburg (Half Moon Delphi) and Charlotte Dujardin (Valegro) take to the arena on the second day of the team Grand Prix competition. Don’t forget, Charlotte and Valegro are currently ranked number one in the world so we’re sure to see an exciting test from them!
Again, the Para Dressage team are off to a strong start after Lee Pearson and Ricky Balshaw completed their tests. Lee and his equine partner Zion are currently leading the Grade Ib competition despite a test that Lee has described as “a little tense”.
Ricky and his horse LJT Enggaards Solitaire produced a very respectable test and are currently in eighth place in the Grade Ib test with a score of 71%. There are still another two days of the team competition left but it’s looking hopeful for Team GBR to bring home a medal or two!
With three more days of competition still to go Team GBR are sitting in fifth place in the Reining after Jessica Sternberg and Josh Collins scored well yesterday.
Josh earned himself positive scores for his spins and circles leaving him with a final score of 216 to carry forward to the next stage of competition. He’s currently in individual 10th place.
Jessica and her horse Smart Like Valentino have a score of 213, again scoring well for the spins and circles, but unfortunately a slight miscommunication during a couple of tricky rundowns dropped their overall score.
America, Belgium, and Germany are in the medal positions with Australia lying in fourth place ahead of Team GBR. The team has said the arena has great atmosphere and ground “as good as you’ll find anywhere” so hopefully they can move up the rankings and get themselves a medal.