After the second day of dressage action at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Centre, Great Britain’s dressage team currently lie in the silver medal position.
Carl Hester riding Jane De La Mare’s, Nip Tuck, produced a super ride with superb pirouettes and flying changes, after an earlier spook in the walk gaining a score of 75.529%.
“I don’t have time to get nervous and no time when I’m riding that horse [Nip Tuck] to be nervous, you have to anticipate where and what you’re going to do next,” says Carl.
Current Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin was the final GB dressage rider to enter the arena with Rowena Luard, Anne Barrott and Carl Hester’s Valegro. From the very start their test was stunning and so were the marks especially for the passage, extended trot and flying changes.
“I came out with a huge smile on my face, to be honest I had a huge smile on my face before I went in, I can’t help but smile when I ride Valegro,” says Charlotte.
Yesterday’s result sees Team GB currently sitting in second place as they head into the Grand Prix Special today, where the medals will be decided. Individually, the British riders are currently placed; Charlotte Dujardin (1), Fiona Bigwood (8), Carl Hester (15), Spencer Wilton (25).