British dressage on track for team medal at World Equestrian Games

  • Britain’s dressage team lie in third overnight; each team still has two riders who will compete tomorrow. Fiona Bigwood opened for Britain with a plus-71% score and this afternoon Maria Eilberg pulled off more than 68%.

    The Netherlands lead with 145.702 and Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Hans Peter Minderhoud are lying in first and third overall. Germany’s Christoph Koschel splits them with Donnperignon.

    Imke made just one mistake in her canter zig-zag in an otherwise faultless test that included a nine for the extended canter.

    Imke said: “Hunter Douglas Sunrise felt better than ever. I made the mistake in the zig-zag, she listened to me so that’s no bad thing.”

    Hans Peter almost didn’t make the competition at all.

    “Walking back to the stables on a long rein on Saturday Exquis Nadine slipped and fell on her knees, grazing herself,” said Peter. “She trotted up fine yesterday and went really well today, but it goes to show that anything can happen.”

    Germany is in second (140.340) following Annabel Balkehol and Christoph’s rides today. Britain is within reach though, lying just 2% behind Germany, with our heavy hitters Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer still to go tomorrow.

    Listen to rider interviews

    Maria Eilberg

    Imke Schellekens-Bartels

    Hans Peter Minderhoud

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