The Helgstrand-sponsored dressage competition at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon continues today (Friday, 14 September), with the grand prix special. All four members of the British team — who won bronze behind Germany and the USA yesterday — have qualified and will compete at the following times:
- Emile Faurie with Hof Kasselmann’s Dono Di Maggio — 11.10 am local time (4.10pm UK time)
- Spencer Wilton with his own and Jen Goodman’s Super Nova II — 3pm local time (8pm UK time)
- Carl Hester with his own, Ann Cory and Anne Evans’ Hawtins Delicato — 4.10am local time (9.10pm UK time)
- Charlotte Dujardin with Emma and Jill Blundell’s Mount St John Freestyle (above) — 5pm local time (10pm UK time)
The top 30 combinations from Wednesday and Thursday’s grand prix contest the special, which serves as a qualifier for the grand prix freestyle on Sunday, 16 September. The very first dressage rider into the arena will be Belgium’s Laurence Roos and Fil Rouge, at 10.30am local time (3.30pm UK time). Ireland’s individual competitor, Judy Reynolds with Vancouver K, will go at 11.20am local time (4.20pm UK time).
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For the newly crowned world champions Germany, the first rider into the arena today will be Dorothee Schnieder and Sammy Davis Jr at 3.10pm local time (8.10pm UK time) followed by Jessica von Bredow-Werndl with TSF Dalera BB at 3.30pm (8.30pm). Sonke Rothenberger and Cosmo, who finished third in the grand prix with plus-81%, will ride at 4.50pm (9.50pm UK time), with Isabell Werth and Bella Rose, who scored plus-84% to lead the grand prix, the last combination to ride the special, at 5.10pm (10.10pm UK time) on Thursday.
Silver medallists the USA will kick off with Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper at 12.50pm (5.50pm UK time). Adrienne Lyle and Salvino will follow at 2.40pm (7.40pm UK time), while Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet will compete at 3.40pm (8.40pm UK time). Laura Graves, who took second in the grand prix, will begin her test with Verdades at 4.40pm (9.40pm UK time), after which the medals will be awarded.