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A Ride in Rio 2016: Day 5

Dressage shows the true elegance of horseback riding

Dressage shows the true elegance of horseback riding

Kimmie Lull, Staff Writer

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Watching the Grand Prix Dressage competition at the Olympic level is possibly one of the only things that can take my breath away every single time. It is fascinating to witness the perfect communication that happens between each horse and rider. The elegance of each calm, precisely timed move is awe-inspiring. Dressage is full of extreme discipline and sophistication. With every rider who stepped into the arena, we saw a deep concentration that also extended to their equine partners.

 

This test included 33 separately judged moves. The judges themselves were positioned at various angles around the arena to see the round from all perspectives. These judges were the lucky spectators who could see every seamless transition up close. They watched each horse in succession lift and extend across the arena, legs suspended in mid-air. We say when the patience and hard work of these partners paid off with nearly flawless tests. The judges taking note of every quick response to the rider’s aid that can only come from hours of training.

 

We saw grit and determination unlike never before in Olympic Games when British rider Fiona Bigwood stepped into the arena wearing an eye patch. She suffered some damage following a recent fall that can now cause her to get double vision. Yet, her enthusiasm to represent her team and compete in this prestigious event brought her all the way to the Rio Equestrian Center. We also saw as London 2012’s silver medal Dressage duo excused themselves mid-round. Unfortunately, her horse suffered a bug bite that led to a swollen cheek, and her mount just didn’t feel like himself.

To watch the live stream for yourself visit NBC here.

 

Team Results after Grand Prix Dressage:

  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Great Britain
  4. United States
  5. Sweden

 

Individual Results after Grand Prix Dressage:

  1. Dorothee Schneider of Germany riding Showtime FRH
  2. Sonke Rothenberger of Germany riding Cosmo
  3. Fiona Bigwood of Great Britain riding Orthilia
  4. Severo Jesus Juardo Lopez of Spain riding Lorenzo
  5. Edward Gal of France riding Voice
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