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Carl Hester and Liebling II, third to go for British team dressage effort at the World Equestrian Games, scored 72.13% to keep Britain in the bronze medal position with one rider from each nation still to go.

His test was almost mistake-free and highlights included their two-time changes, extensions and piaffe/passage transitions.

Carl said: “Adelinde Cornelissen’s elimination doesn’t really affect us, as long as Totilas finishes this afternoon the Netherlands will still take gold. For bronze it’s between us and the Americans, and it’s close, but with Laura [Bechtolsheimer] still to come for us, Germany better watch out for silver, too!

“With a top scorer like Laura that puts us in medal contention straight away, but the rest of us have to do enough to take the pressure off her,” added Carl. “We’ve done that here so I’m happy. Two Sox has to go flat out to score as well as he did, and Fiona rode out of her skin.”

Britain’s last rider Laura goes at 8:32pm British time.

Listen to Carl Hester’s interview after his test.

Read about Britain’s success in the reining today.