The Tokyo Olympic dressage times for the grand prix special on Tuesday (27 July) have been released. The special is the test that solely decides the team medals.
The grand prix acted as a team qualifier for the special, with Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, the USA, the Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal and Spain making it through to battle it out for a place on the podium.
This means 24 riders will ride the grand prix special, split into three groups. The first two riders in each team will ride in reverse order of merit based on the grand prix scores. The final group will ride in reverse order of the team standings after the first two groups have completed, meaning the competition should reach a nail-biting climax.
Olympic dressage times: when do the British riders go in the special?
- Carl Hester on En Vogue: 6pm local time (10am UK time)
- Lottie Fry on Everdale: 7.35pm local time (11.35am UK time)
- Charlotte Dujardin on Gio: TBC – Charlotte was the top scoring Brit in the grand prix so rides in the third group, for which the time the rider will go will be determined after the first two groups
Who are Britain’s main rivals and when to do they ride?
Germany went through to the team final with the best score, and while slates are wiped clean for the special, it bodes well for their chances of retaining Olympic team gold.
- Dorothee Schneider rides Showtime FRH at 6.10pm local time (10.10am UK time)
- Isabell Werth, the world number one, rides Bella Rose 2 at 7.45pm local time (11.45am UK time)
- Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, the overall highest scorer in the grand prix, rides TSF Dalera in the final group so her time is yet to be determined.
Denmark qualified in third place behind Britain in second, suggesting they could be strong contenders for the podium.
- Nanna Skodberg Merrald will ride Zack at 5.50pm local time (9.50am UK time)
- Carina Cassøe Krüth will ride Heiline’s Danciera at 7.25pm local time (11.25 UK time)
- Cathrine Dufour, who achieved the third highest score across the grand prix, will ride Bohemian in the final group, so her time is still yet to be decided.
The USA went through to the team final in fourth place, and could mount a significant challenge for the medals in the special.
- Adrienne Lyle will ride Salvino at 5.40pm local time (9.40am UK time)
- Steffen Peters will ride Suppenkasper at 7.15pm local time (11.15am UK time)
- Sabine Schut-Kery, who scored a huge personal best in the grand prix, will ride Sanceo in the final group, for which the times are not yet confirmed.
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