Germany Leads Both Team and Individual Standings Following First Day of Grand Prix Competition in Rio
Germany’s Dorothee Schnieder and Showtime FRH set the standard for the first day of Grand Prix competition at the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympic Games, scoring an impressive 80.986% to top the leaderboard after the first 30 horses. Germany also claimed second place in the individual standings, with Sonke Rothenberger and Cosmo finishing on a 77.329. The United Kingdom’s Fiona Bigwood and Orthilia rounded out the top three with a 77.157%.
In the team standings Germany also leads with a 79.157%, followed
by The Netherlands at 75271% and Great Britain on 74.921%. The United States sits fourth with a 73.957%, with Sweden close behind with a 73.357%. The chilly, rainy weather unfortunately resulted in the blue and green stands being uncharacteristically empty for the Olympic Grand Prix test. A few horses seemed to crack under the pressure of the big stadium, but overall the rides went off without a hitch.
Adelinde Cornelissen chose to retire her veteran mount Perzival, citing the horse was not up to form as he struggled through the beginning of the test. Security concerns also continue to dog the event.
Germany’s wide lead in both the team and individual standings puts them in an excellent position, with the 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist Isabel Werth and #1 ranked dressage rider in the world Kristina Bröring-Sprehe still yet to go. However the Special and Freestyle are still under contention, with defending Olympic gold medalists Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester yet to ride for Great Britain, US heavyweights Steffen Peters and Laura Graves to go tomorrow.
The competition continues tomorrow August 12 with the final 30 horses in the Grand Prix.
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