After day one of the dressage Germany are at the top of both the individual and team leaderboards thanks to Dorothee Schneider and Sonke Rothenberger performances at Deodoro Olympic Park.
The day proved to have an array of emotions from extreme disappointment felt by Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen, who had to retire her horse Parzival to tears of joy by Japan’s Akane Kuroki with her score of 66.90.
But, there was further happiness felt in Deodoro as Sonke Rothenberger flew to the top of the scoreboard with some amazing work with Cosmo. “I’m very happy, he’s the youngest horse in the field and I am one of the youngest riders!” said 21 year-old Sonke who scored 77.329. “We got Cosmo at four years old and my father rode him until he was six and then I took him over. He’s a very special horse.”
Team GB’s Fiona Bigwood produced a great test with Orthilia that put her temporarily, into second spot with a great mark of 77.157. Then with Adelinde Cornelissen unable to contribute to the Dutch team score it was down to Edward Gal, to put in a good performance, which he did achieving a score of 75.271.
Dorothee Schneider riding Showtime FRH was the final pair to enter the arena, who wowed the judges, being awarded a score of 80.986 putting them in the lead. “I have this horse since he was three and at the beginning of this year he turned a corner and he said “I am here! The feeling you get with him is amazing outside in the warm-up, and then when you come into the arena he says “I want to do this with you”,” said Dorothee.
The Grand Prix continues today, followed by the Grand Prix Special on Friday which will decide the team title. As today’s action begins Germany’s Dorothee Schneider and Sonke Rothenberger hold the first two places followed by Fiona Bigwood in third and Edward Gal in fourth, while Germany tops the team rankings with the Netherlands in second and Great Britain in third.