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Not surprisingly, the multiple record-breaking combo of Charlotte Dujardin and Valero were the stars of the show yesterday, producing the top score in the second and last day of the Dressage Grand Prix, day 2. For the teams, the Germans who look set to claim their 13th Olympic team title this afternoon.
Only the top six teams from the Grand Prix go through to today’s Grand Prix Special team medal decider, so Spain, France, Australia, Brazil and Japan are now out, leaving the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark still in the medal race along with the leading pack.
Germany’s Kristina Broring-Sprehe & Desperados scored an almighty 82.257, and said, “We are here over eight days now so I was very happy to begin!”
Carl Hester from team GB had some tricky moments with Nip Tuck when he spooked. “It was probably something ridiculous that spooked him, like a flower moving in a pot - maybe he needs glasses!” Hester joked. “I didn’t expect this - I’m gutted!”
Dujardin to the rescue though, “I can’t help but smile when I ride Valegro”, she said. “Today I didn’t even have to ask him to do a thing, he just did it himself! He enjoyed it and it felt easy, he just tries his heart out.”
A score of 85.071 left her out in front individually and brought Team GB back up into second place, but although the Germans now hold the next three slots to cement their position at the head of affairs, it’s still tight at the top and it’s still all very much to play for as the action resumes in the morning.