Saturday 06 August - 23h35 | FEI/Lulu Kyriacou
Fox Pitt Edges Into Dressage Lead
William Fox Pitt has taken the lead in the dressage phase of the Three Day Event at the 2016 Olympic Games and catapulted the British team into third place of the team standings at this early stage in proceedings.
Asked whether his injury had made him reconsider wearing a top hat, Fox Pitt was adamant it had not and would not. "No" he said, "I have always worn a top hat fr dressage and it is part of the traditional dress. When they make crash hats compulsory, I willl wear one but not until then."
Germany had taken the early lead in the Olympic Eventing after the first riders in the dressage phase. Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo made mistakes in their first changes but still were good enough to take the lead from France\'s Asterier Nicholas. The reigning World Champion thought that her horse was a bit fresh at the beginning of her test and she had not ridden him with her usual confidence but they improved throughout the test to score a nine for their final halt. Astier Nicholas also made a mistake in the changes but otherwise his test on Piaf de B'Neville was good and has given the French a strong start. Both riders thought the cross country course will hae a big impact, Nicholas saying that the size of the fences would make it a 4* even if the technical difficulty was more 3* level. Auffarth thought there was no place to relax, the questions came all the way to the end of Pierre Michelet's couse. The French finished the day with two riders in the top ten, as Karim Laghoag went into sixth on Entebbe and are currently fourth in the team standings. There are less than ten penalties between the top five teams (New Zealand are fifth) so the winner is still a long way from being decided.
Full results are here https://www.rio2016.com/en/equestrian-eventing-individual-dressage-day-1