Grand Prix Dressage TEAM Final
Team GB win SILVER Medal
Great Britain secured a silver medal after great performances from the quartet saw them finish just three per cent behind gold medal winners Germany.
Spencer Wilton and Super Nova II, started for Team GB producing some lovely movements shining through the test from the thirteen year old horse, it was unlucky to see a mistake in the flying changes in an otherwise fluid test, which was rewarded with a score of 73.613%.
Commenting afterwards Spencer said; “I was so pleased with him today, I loved every second of it – he was just brilliant.”
In the last session of the day, three Brits were within the final 7 riders, creating an intense and exciting atmosphere.
Fiona Bigwood and Orthilia produced a brilliant start with 8’s as an average, a slight mistake in the piaffe resulted in 4’s, however Fiona brought the scores back up with some beautiful tempi changes and the combination finished on 74.342%.
Fiona said; “I was thinking I was going to get a personal best when I started, I was really pleased with it, but I think she got spooked by the camera. The rest was really good though and she really tried for me. In the warm-up I was thinking I want to go now, it’s not often you get that feeling.”
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Carl Hester and Nip Tuck were the third pair to go for Team GB. After a little spook yesterday, Carl was determined to have a great ride and produced a beautiful test showing an obvious bond between the two. Sadly an error meant a few low marks during the pirouette, however Carl recovered quickly with high scores for the medium trot and transitions, finishing on 76.485%.
Carl commented after the test; “The Olympics produces a lot of nerves, a different atmosphere and different rides from people. I feel the whole of the team has ridden beautifully. Everybody coped with the pressure and the fact that these horses have travelled half way round the world and come out and done performances like that is really testament to the team.”
At this point it was a fight for the medals between Germany, GB and the USA. The USA rider Laura Graves produced a beautiful test finishing on a high mark of 80.644% placing USA Team as Bronze medal winners, so it was head to head GB v Germany as to who would score the highest between Isabell Worth and Team GB’s Charlotte Dujardin!
Reigning Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (owned by Rowena Luard, Anne Barrott and Carl Hester) produced beautiful movements coming throughout the test, an uncharacteristic error in the half pass where Valegro slipped into canter, saw a mark of 3.7 awarded but powering on the duo shone in the extended trot work and pirouettes. Even with that slight error Charlotte & Valegro’s scores were soaring and the perfect combination finished on a final score of 82.983%. Only 0.728 between Charlotte (in 2nd place) and Isabell Worth (GER) in 1st place.
Charlotte spoke afterwards saying; “The last two rounds have been fantastic and it’s a huge privilege to be riding alongside these guys. We have new music for the freestyle, which will hopefully go to plan. I just want to go out there and enjoy myself and give Valegro a good time.”
The gold medal in the team event went to Germany, who finished on a team total of 81.936%, with the USA taking the bronze (76.667%).
Following the Grand Prix Special, the top eighteen combinations (only three athletes per nation are able to compete) now head through to the Individual final on Monday, the Grand Prix Freestyle, where Great Britain will be represented by Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Fiona Bigwood.
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Olympic Dressage Facts
- GRAND PRIX – this is the first stage of the team competition. Grand Prix is the highest level of Dressage and all horse/rider combinations perform the same test. This first stage of the competition takes place over two days
- GRAND PRIX SPECIAL – the top six teams from the Grand Prix progress to the Special, which has the Grand Prix movements arranged in a different and more concentrated pattern. Marks from the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special are added together to decide the team medals. As in the Grand Prix (above) all horse/rider combinations perform the same test.
- GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE – riders create their own tests, which include compulsory movements, and ride to individually-chosen choreographed music. Judges award technical and artistic marks which decide the individual medals. The top 18 riders from the combined scores of the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special tests (with a maximum of three athletes per nation) qualify for the Freestyle. Spectacular to watch, the Freestyle really is all about dancing horses!