Rio de Janeiro – August 7, 2016 – Sunday marked the final day of the dressage for Equestrian Eventing, as the final two riders from each team completed their test at the 2016 Olympic Games. Phillip Dutton anchored the U.S. Team with Mighty Nice, owned by the HND Group, and is currently the highest ranked American with a score of 43.6 penalties for 15th place individually.
The team will head into Monday’s cross country phase on a total of 137.5 penalties, ranked equal second with New Zealand. They are 15.5 penalties behind the German team who currently holds the lead, followed closely by France.
Dutton turned in a very solid test with Mighty Nice, having only one error in one of the flying changes. Their score of 43.6 marked a personal best for the pair. “The last flying change wasn’t that great, but there’s a lot of atmosphere there and I couldn’t be more proud of my horse,” he said. “It could have been a lot worse. I was hoping to get close to 40. That’s as close to as good as he can do.”
The six-time Olympian is now focused on the cross country phase, and is happy to have the advantage of going at the end of the day. “I think it’s going to be difficult,” he admitted. “I am at an advantage to see how it’s riding, but it’s a pretty unique kind of course. I think time is going to play a part and it’s going to cause a fair bit of trouble.”
Earlier in the day, Lauren Kieffer represented the United States during the dressage phase with Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica. Despite brilliant marks during the trot tour, the pair had an issue with a flying change and their resulting score was 47.3 penalties to rank 33rd individually.
“Veronica was really good,” said Kieffer. “Her trot work was really nice, probably some of her strongest trot work. The walk tends to be her more difficult gate and she was quite good through that. I was quite happy with the canter. I think she missed the one change, but she seemed to really get punished at the end, so I am bit disappointed with our score for sure.”
Kieffer is confident that the final results will be changed a great deal during Monday’s cross country phase. “It certainly won’t be a dressage show,” she noted. “The cross country is very, very strong and I have a feeling by the end of tomorrow today won’t matter much. It’s certainly a very strong track, one of the strongest tracks I’ve ever done. If you want to go for the win you are really going to have to take some risks and it’s going to be tough out there.”
Following the second half of the dressage phase the USA’s Body Martin is ranked 35th with Blackfoot Mystery on 47.7 penalties, but Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen are in the 24th position on 46.6 penalties.
Saturday’s individual leaders, Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning on 37 penalties and Australia’s Christopher Burton with Santano II on 37.6 penalties, held on to first and second place, respectively, as the dressage phase concluded.
The cross country phase will kick off at 9 a.m. EST on Monday. A complete list of ride times can be found here: https://smsprio2016-a.akamaihd.net/_odf-documents/E/Q/EQX003301_ORDERTOGO_TIMETABLE_2016_08_07.pdf
Martin will compete first for the United States at 9:45 a.m. EST, followed by Montgomery at 11:02 a.m. EST and Kieffer at 12:27 p.m. EST. Dutton will round out the U.S. team at 1:44 p.m. EST
RESULTS: Dressage Phase – Individual
1 GBR FOX-PITT William CHILLI MORNING 37.00
2 AUS BURTON Christopher SANTANO II 37.60
3 FRA LEMOINE Mathieu BART L 39.20
4 GER KLIMKE Ingrid HALE-BOB OLD 39.50
5 GER JUNG Michael SAM FBW 40.90
6 FRA VALLETTE Thibaut QING DU BRIOT 41.00
7 BEL DONCKERS Karin FLETCHA VAN’T VERAHOF 41.10
8 GER AUFFARTH Sandra OPGUN LOUVO 41.60
9 IRL EVANS Jonty COOLEY RORKES DRIFT 41.80
10 ITA BRECCIAROLI Stefano APOLLO VD WENDI KURT 41.90
11 FRA NICOLAS Astier PIAF DE B’NEVILLE 42.00
12 CHN HUA TIAN Alex DON GENIRO 42.40
RESULTS: Dressage Phase – Team
1 GER Germany 122.00
2 FRA France 122.20
3 AUS Australia 126.40
4 GBR Great Britain 127.70
5 IRL Ireland 135.60
6 NZL New Zealand 137.50
6 USA United States 137.50
8 ITA Italy 140.90
9 BRA Brazil 144.10
10 SWE Sweden 144.20
11 NED Netherlands 146.60
12 CAN Canada 150.80