The first 36 Olympic horses arrived at Haneda Airport late July 14.
The French riders completed their team tests and hold the lead after Day 1, but the Dutch and British teams still have riders left to ride and will look to overtake the leaders on Day 2.
Rixt van der Horst, riding Findsley, and Sarah Morganti, riding Royal Delight, scored Grade III and Grade I gold medals, respectively. Further, Rebecca Hard and El Corona Texel earned the U.S.’s first para-dressage medal, taking bronze in the Grade III ride.
The vaulting arena was busy on Sept. 19 with the non-nations male and female individual freestyles, pas de deux freestyle, and inaugural nations team vaulting championship taking place.
Great Britain secured team gold, followed by Ireland and France taking silver and bronze, respectively. Ros Canter (GBR) and Allstar B earned the individual gold, Padraig McCarthy (IRE) and Mr. Chunky took the silver, and Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD took bronze.
Germany’s Ingrid Klimke kept her nerve to grab the lead as the Irish and French riders lit up a dramatic day of cross-country at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Germany holds the lead with a 73.4–the lowest score ever recorded at this stage of a WEG–with Great Britain (80.8) and the United States (83.0) in silver and bronze position, respectively, heading into cross-country.
After the first day of dressage Julia Krajewski and Chipmunk FRH lead the field with a 19.9, followed by Boyd Martin (USA) and Tsetserleg on a 27.1 and Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo on a 27.8.
The para-dressage events at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games wrapped up on Sept. 16.
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