In the Run-up to Olympic Dressage
Published: 12.08.2008 –
Ireland may not have any representatives in Dressage at the Beijing Olympics, but Irish dressage fans are still watching with keen anticipation as The Netherlands and Germany prepare to fight it out for gold.
The veterinary inspection took place on Sunday, 10 August, with most horses eventually passed as fit, although in two cases, horses were sent to the holding box. Portuguese rider Carlos Pinto needed only 15 minutes there before his Lusitano gelding, Notavel Puy de Fou, passed sound in a second run. The Brazilian Rogerio Clementino’s Lusitano stallion, Nilo Vo, however, was held over for a vet check the following morning. Things did not go better for this horse the next day and he was withdrawn, leaving Brazil with only 2 individual entries in the competition. Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer Salat had already withdrawn Faberge due to injury, so Spain too will only be represented by two individuals and can be counted out of the team competition.
The Grand Prix class, which starts tomorrow, Wednesday 13 August, and runs through to Thursday 14 August, will decide the team medals. In addition, highest scoring 25 combinations from this class will qualify for the Grand Prix Special, to be held on Saturday 16 August. The individual medals will be decided on Tuesday 19 August when the top 15 from the Grand Prix Special compete in the Grand Prix Freestyle (Kür).
The draw for the order of the nations has taken place, with Holland drawing first place, while the German team starts tenth. Following a change to FEI rules, only three riders make up a team now, so there will be no discard score.
The panel of judges for the Grand Prix will be Barnabas Mandi (Hungary) at E, Leif Tornblad (Denmark) at H, Ghislain Fouarge (The Netherlands) at C, Gotthilf Riexinger (Germany) at M and Gary Rockwell (USA) at B.
Visit www.fei.org/olympics for more details of Olympic equestrian events.