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WEG 2010: dressage round up from day one of the team competition

last updated on September 28, 2010 15:36

WEG 2010: dressage round up from day one of the team competition

Despite the damp grey weather, team GB made a fantastic start on the first day of the team dressage competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010. Our first rider Fiona Bigwood, with Penny Bigwood and Anders Dahl’s Wie Atlantico, was tenth to go and produced a cohesive and fluent test to score a personal best score of 70.17%. It was an outstanding personal achievement and got the team off to the perfect start.

An excited Fiona commented; “I’m loving him just now! What a start for the team! I’m absolutely delighted. We’ve had a super preparation ahead of the Games but it can still go wrong on the day. I hope the others can now follow on. I didn’t think anyone would be here on a damp Monday morning but the atmosphere was fantastic from the crowds – particularly the cheers at the end from the British supporters. I came here aiming for 68% so this is brilliant.”

Maria Eilberg went in the last session of the day with Two Sox, owned by Ferdie and Geraldine Eilberg. Despite having limited preparation time due to a bout of travel sickness on arrival they rode an accurate and well produced test to earn every mark possible for 68.213%. It was another good, safe test for the team. Maria was quick to praise the work of team vet John McEwen’s efforts to get the horse ready for competition.

Maria commented: “It was clean and consistent despite the horse being short on work having suffered from travel sickness following the flight. He’s a genuine horse but is a worrier within himself and different surroundings and new people unnerve him. But this didn’t take anything away from his performance. It’s a huge arena but I took the attitude to treat it like any other. 68% is consistent for him and maybe I could have asked for more in extended trot but I decided to play safe. I’ll go for it in the Special!”

The two scores put Britain in the bronze medal position behind the Netherlands and Germany, first and second respectively. Fiona’s score puts her fourth overnight with Maria in tenth at the half way stage. Our leader is Imke Schellekens-Bartels riding Hunter Douglas Sunrise on 73.447%.

The second day of grand prix resumes at 08.34 (local time), Carl Hester with John Risley and Cheryl Meisner’s Liebling II goes at 10.02 (15.02 UK time). The anchor combination, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris, owned by Wilfried and Ursula Bechtolsheimer are in the final group at 15.32, (20.32 UK time).

Full results from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games website.

>> Listen to Fiona's reaction after her test here
>> Listen to Maria's reaction after her test here
>> Listen to Carl's reaction after his test here

Maria Eilberg and Two Sox


Maria Eilberg & Two Sox

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BBC Red button coverage from the WEG is available tonight for the second day of the dressage grand prix team competition and tomorrow's grand prix special event as shown below: 

Tuesday 28
1900-2300 Live coverage of the World Equestrian Games, Kentucky.

Wednesday 29
1930-2230 Live coverage of the World Equestrian Games, Kentucky.

Service available on interactive television including Freeview, digital and BBC Red Button for more information click here