France edges ahead of Great Britain

After the first morning session of dressage, French rider Lt Col Thibault Valette and Qing du Briot took an early lead ahead of Britain’s Kitty King.

As part of the French team, the combination posted a score of 36.8, just one ahead of Kitty and P1380339Persimmon, the pathfinder for the British quartet.

After her test the British rider said: “He was fantastic and tried his heart out for me. He really let me ride him through the entire test – he got a bit tight before his last change and he missed that which was a shame as that was the only time he went against me. I couldn’t asked for more from him. I was a little surprised when Yogi asked me to go first as I hadn’t been on the team before I assumed I be somewhere in the middle. You want to make sure you get a good round and a quick one for the team so there is a bit more pressure than when you are riding for yourself. But we will do our utmost and hope we have a good round.”

Germany’s Dirk Schrade with Hope and Skip got the reigning team champions off to a solid start and currently sits in third on a score of 42.7.

He said: “I’m very pleased with the test. We know this isn’t his best part but we are very happy with it. I had a little mistake in the beginning but the rest was really nice. Now we are looking forward for the rest of the competition because this is what we like the most. I’m pretty sure this competition will not be finished after dressage and we are looking forward to it.”

Standings after morning session one

1; Thibault Vallette, Qing du Briot (FRA)

2; Kitty King, Persimmon (GBR)

3; Dirk Schrade, Hop and Skip (GER)

4; Luca Roman, Castlewoods Jake (ITA)

5; Joseph Murphy, Sportsfield Orthello (IRE)

6; Mikhail Nastenko, Reistag (RUS)

7; Theo Van De Vendal, Zidane (NED)

8; Jasmin Gambiraso, Thats It (SUI)

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