Results Eventing Dressage Day 1
An exciting start to day 1: Eventing Dressage
William Fox-Pitt on Chilli Morning rode in with style and grace as the relaxed superstar performed a phenomenal test which led William and Chilli to jump into the top spot with 37, just above Christopher Burton who scored 37.6.
William said after his test; “It’s what I was dreaming of, he’s good on the flat and he’s worked brilliantly with Tracie Robinson [eventing dressage coach] in the build-up to being here. He did a good test at the World Equestrian Games, a good test at Malmo [European Championships, 2013] and I just didn’t want to let him down. He felt lovely and calm, it’s a good start.”
It was a close finish between 3rd Michael Jung (GER), 2nd Christopher Burton (AUS) with William Fox-Pitt finishing top of the leader board.
With a strong line-up of competitors still to ride in the afternoon session, it was a nervous wait to hear the final results at the end of day one, but William remains in the lead overnight after Australia’s Christopher Burton (Santano II) finished on a score of 37.6 penalties, with current Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung (Sam FBW) lying third after posting 40.9 penalties.
Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V looked stunning, with a beaming smile Gemma entered the arena, both seemed confident and relaxed. A slight hiccup after Quicklook V slipped into canter, but Gemma quickly recovered and it was a lovely test. Gemma finished on 47.20 putting her in 6th place overall after day 1.
Commenting after her test she said; “A little bit disappointed with the score today but she went in and we both did our absolute best and she tried really, really hard for me. It’s hot today and she just slightly dropped behind me a little bit which is perhaps why we didn’t get the score today, but its still a good team score. She did all the movements really well apart from one mistake and I was really proud of her.”
At the end of Day 1 the Individual Dressage leaderboard looks like this:
The Team Dressage in Eventing leaderboard looks like this:
The judges were: Sandy Phillips GBR, Andrew Bennie NZL, Marilyn Payne USA