It has been an emotional start to the second day of the team dressage competition in Aachen as Britain’s Emma Hindle scored 70.458% in the grand prix, keeping Britain in contention for team bronze.

“I’ve not put much make up on today because I’m going to be crying all day,” said British Dressage chairman Desi Dillingham, sitting among the cluster of Team GB-clad riders and crew.

Emma and Lancet were drawn 13th, riding at 10.40am. Their score put the pair in to fourth place, but they were immediately knocked down a position by American Steffen Peters who, riding at his highest level with Floriano, scored 72.708%.

Steffen’s marks have also shunted the US above Britain on the medal table — having been snapping at Britain’s heels overnight.

Last to go for the British team is Sandy Phillips with Lara, who is drawn at 3pm CET (2pm GMT). Before that is world champion Anky Van Grunsven (12 GMT) and Keltec Salinero, and another rider to watch – Finland’s Kyra Kyrklund with Max (11:30 GMT).

Germany’s Nadine Capellmann put up a performance worthy of her third place world ranking this morning, scoring 72.833% with Elvis VA, which took them straight in to second place.

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