Andrew Hoy and Cheeky Calimbo lead the way after the first day of dressage at Saumur, scoring 39.2 to give themselves a healthy margin over Chris Burton and Graf Liberty, who sit in second place on a score of 46.0. Stefano Brecciarolli and P’tit Paul de Terry round on the top three on 46.2. Just five pairs have cracked the 40s so far, with one of those scoring in the 30s.
Both Americans Doug Payne and Liz Halliday-Sharp ride their tests tomorrow with Crown Talisman and Fernhill By Night. Liz and Blackie are first up for Team USA at 10:35 a.m. local time (4:35 a.m. EST), and Doug and Tali will go toward the end of the day at 2:05 p.m. local time (8:05 a.m. EST).
There is a live stream camera set up, but it’s positioned so far away from the arena that you can’t make out much of anything. It’s still fun to check out to get an idea of the atmosphere and the weather, so be sure to tune in to this link tomorrow morning.
As we wait one more day for our Americans to get started, be sure to check in with Liz and Doug’s most recent blogs for EN. Liz included her first thoughts on Pierre Michelet’s course here, and Doug included fence photos and his course analysis here. Many thanks to Doug and Liz for keeping us in the loop back in the States.
Stay up to date on all the action by following along with the links below. Friend of EN Uptown Eventing is posting photos to Facebook each day, so be sure to “like” their page to see all the images. Click here to see Uptown Eventing’s photos from the first horse inspection and here to see course photos.