The Grand Prix dressage competition kicked-off yesterday, at the Olympic Equestrian Centre.
Spencer Wilton made his Olympic debut riding Jennifer Goodman’s Super Nova II, who after a slight spook on the way in, produced some super transition work and pirouettes. The duo received a score of 72.686%, which pleased the British supporters.
“I had a fantastic warm-up, probably one of the best I’ve had, I was really looking forward to it and then unfortunately he (Super Nova II) just had a little fright just before he started. He just had a little moment which unnerved him. I did get the feeling that as the test went on he relaxed and I relaxed and we did get into it. I’m very pleased,” says Spencer who sits in joint seventh place.
In the afternoon also making her Olympic debut, was Fiona Bigwood with the Orthilia, owned by Penny Bigwood and Neils and Lis Dahl. The pair oozed confidence, demonstrating a superb test, with eights awarded in the extended trot work, giving them a score of 77.157%, putting them in third place after day one.
“I am so over the moon. I love that horse, I was very emotional afterwards and had to go and give her a big hug because of how good she was,” says Fiona.
Today sees the second day of the Grand Prix competition, where the two remaining Team GB athletes will perform their tests;
• 11.27am ( 15.27 BST) Carl Hester and Nip Tuck
• 14.24pm ( 18.24 BST) Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro