Today was the second day of Olympic dressage competition in Tokyo with teams gearing up for the Dressage Team Grand Prix Special on Tuesday and the Individual Grand Prix Freestyle on Wednesday.
Isabell Werth and Bella Rose finished at the top today with a score of 82.5%. Behind her, in second place was Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin, who earned a grand prix personal best on her relatively inexperienced mount Gio (known as Pumpkin) of 80.93%
Here are a few of the top rides — as more rides are posted I will try to add them in. For those of us who don’t have cable, YouTube is the only way of watching the Olympics right now.
Denmark, USA, The Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal and Spain will compete for the team medals in Tuesday’s Grand Prix Special in which all teams start again with a clean sheet.
The list of horse and rider combinations who have qualified for the Wednesday’s Freestyle are:
- Charlotte (Lottie) Fry, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester (GBR)
- Therese Nilshagen and Juliette Ramel (SWE)
- Cathrine Dufour and Carina Cassoe Kruth (DEN)
- Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED)
- Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Dorothee Schneider and Isabell Werth (GER)
- Sabine Schut-Kery, Adrienne Lyle and Steffen Peters (USA
- Nanna Skodborg Merrald (DEN)
- Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP)
- Rodrigo Torres (POR)
Olympics 2020 equestrian: key dates and times
Looking out over the coming weeks, here are the key equestrian events to put on your calendar. Although I don’t think I’ll be tuning in at 4:30 a.m., even if I do figure out how to live stream.
– Dressage Team Grand Prix Special: Tuesday, July 27 from 5pm JST / 9am BST / 4am ET
– Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle: Wednesday, July 28 from 5:30pm JST / 9:30am BST / 4:30am ET
– Eventing Cross Country Team and Individual: Sunday, August 1 from 7:45am JST / 11:45pm BST (July 31) / 6:45pm ET (July 31)
– Eventing Jumping Team Final and Individual Qualifier: Monday, August 2 from 5pm JST / 9am BST / 4am ET
– Eventing Jumping Individual Final: Monday, August 2 from 5pm JST / 9am BST / 4am ET
– Jumping Individual Final: Wednesday, August 4 from 7pm JST / 11am BST / 6am ET
– Jumping Team Final: Saturday, August 7 from 7pm JST / 11am BST / 6am ET
Are you watching the Olympics? What do you think so far.