Lee Pearson was the first down the centre line for Great Britain, as the Grade Ib class took to the stadium yesterday at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro.
Riding 11-year-old bay gelding Zion, Lee produced a lovely test including a great first halt to start off what was a good test. Zion’s walk was very expressive throughout the test, meaning the pair were awarded a score of 75.280% which saw them finish top of the standings.
“I didn’t care if it was 55+, but that horse gave me everything he could possibly give me – I could have perhaps been a bit more accurate, for example we have to trot round the corner and do a transition to walk in the first corner, he’s a big horse he’s 17.2hh so we were possibly a bit late but I thought it was balanced and flowing; I just love him to bits. It was amazing, it was brilliant, I feel like it was the best test he’s done,” said Lee.
Lee will compete again on Wednesday (14 September), when he rides in the Individual Championship Grade Ib test, while today sees the Grade IV and Grade Ia equestrian athletes in action, including Great Britain’s Sophie Wells, Anne Dunham and Sophie Christiansen.