Seven British riders in the top ten

British rider Francis Whittington swept into the top ten with Easy target during this afternoon’s dressage session.

Riding the grey gelding, owned by Catherine Witt, Francis produced a smooth test despite the horse being a bit spooky in the arena to score 37.5.

Following his test he said: “It’s a good foundation to build on. If we hadn’t had the spooking at the boards then I’m sure we wouldn’t have had the setback that we did. But it’s a good result to keep working with.”

Another British rider in the dressage area this afternoon was Wills Oakden with Greystone Midnight Melody. The Fife-based rider got a huge cheer from the crowd on his championship debut, and score 46.4.

He said: “She got a little bit tense going in but with the atmosphere she was bound to a – it’s her first time in arena of that calibre. I couldn’t have asked for any more. She stayed good and expressed herself so I’m happy.”

The last British rider, and the anchorman for the British team, will be William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. They will be followed shortly after by Ingrid Klimke for Germany, who currently sit in the Gold medal position, with Horseware Hale Bob.

Top 10 standings so far 

1; Sandra Auffarth, Opgun Louvo (GBR), 31.4

2; Holly Woodhead, DHI Lupison (GBR), 31.7

3; Michael Jung, FischerTakinou (GER)

4; Nicola Wilson, One Two Many (GBR)

5; Thibault Vallette, Qing du Briot (FRA), 36.8

6; Kitty King, Persimmon (GBR), 36.9

7; Francis Whittington, Easy Target (GBR), 37.5

8; Laura Collett, Grand Manoeuvre (GBR), 37.8

9; Sarah Bullimore, Lilly Corinne (GBR), 38.2

10; Oliver Townend, Fenyas Elegance (GBR), 38.7

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