Dressage Divas: Pratoni Thursday Afternoon Live Updates

Laura Collett and London 52 after their leading test. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Good morning — again! We’re back with the afternoon session (or for North Americans watching, the slightly less early morning session) of day one of dressage at 2022 FEI World Championships for Eventing.

If you’re just pouring your first cup of coffee and joining us, you can catch up on the today’s first session via Sally’s live updates here and via Tilly’s mid-day report here.

Germany’s Sandra Auffarth and Viamant du Matz will be kicking this session off for us at 8:00 a.m. EST. Here’s a couple other notable ride times this session:

  • Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes (CAN): 2:16 p.m. local/ 8:16 a.m. EST — 37.8
  • Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus (USA): 3:35 p.m. local/ 9:35 a.m. EST — 27.1
  • Laura Collett and London 52 (GBR): 3:51 p.m. local/ 9:51 a.m. EST — 19.3
  • Dana Cooke and Mississippi (CAN): 4:02 p.m. local/ 10:02 a.m. EST — 34.3

To use this live update thread, start from the bottom. I’ll be adding updates as they happen to the top!

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11:40 a.m. EST: Well that was an excellent first day of dressage, indeed! The top ten is chock-full of super competitive scores, and we still have a lot to look forward to tomorrow. Great Britain’s Laura Collett and London 52 lead the way with the only sub-20 score so far — will we see another before the first phase is over?

The top ten at the end of the first day of dressage at the 2022 FEI World Championships of Eventing.

Great Britain, New Zealand, and the U.S. all have two riders in the top ten are therefore hold the top three spots in the team competition.

Thanks for hanging out with us this morning! Tilly and Shelby will be along later with a full end of day report and much more.

11:33 a.m. EST: Cyrielle Lefevre and Armanjo Serosah have earned a provisional 35.0 and that’s officially a wrap on day one of dressage!I’ll bring you a little roundup of the scores as they stand in a second.

11:25 a.m. EST: Armanjo Serosah simply will not put his ears up for this test! He’d like us all to know that he’s here for the running and the jumping, thanks very much. Even so, he’s playing nice and Cyrielle is riding a relaxed test.

11:25 a.m. EST: Cyrielle Lefevre and Armanjo Serosah of France will bring things home for us today. Armanjo Serosah just holds herself just above the bit and lacks a bit of connection, though she has a nice cadence.

11:19 a.m. EST: Solid test from Sanne de Jong and Enjoy, who’s a homebred of hers. They score a 33.2 and now we’re down to the last rider of the day!

11:19 a.m. EST: Nicolas has scored a 39.4 and it looks like there’s a storm a brewing in Pratoni. The sky has gotten noticeable darker and the wind gusts are still present. We’re now joined by Sanne de Jong and Enjoy for the Netherlands.

11:13 a.m. EST: Ecuador’s Nicolas Wettstein and Meyer’s Happy, who bases in Switzerland, are doing their test now. Lucinda is noting over the commentary that the horse has an interesting way of going so while Nicolas may be riding accurate, he won’t get the highest of scores. Meyer’s Happy just looks a bit disconnected back to front, which gives him a fittingly jaunty look about him.

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11:09 a.m. EST: Nice test from Dana and Mississippi! They’ve scored a 34.1 which slots them just ahead of Canadian team rider, Hawley Bennett-Awad.

11:02 a.m. EST: Mississippi is sporting a super short summer haircut. Ma’am, your piebald is showing.

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11:02 a.m. EST: Here’s our last north American of the day! It’s Dana Cooke and Mississippi, who were called up to replace Colleen Loach and Vermont after Vermont sustained an injury in their final outing. Evelina earned a really respectable 30.0 for her nice test.

10:56 a.m. EST: This is a really super looking pair and they’re putting in a strong test! They look connected and accurate to my eye and they’ve earned some great scores for their walk, halt, and rein back in particular.

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10:52 a.m. EST: Italy’s individual pair, Evelina Bertoli and Fidjy des Melezes, a really gorgeous dark bay mare, now enter the ring.

10:52 a.m. EST: Malgorzata and Canvalencia earn a 35.7 provisionally. They lost out on a couple of points in some of the later canter work.

10:47 a.m. EST: Malgorzata Korycka and Canvalencia for Poland are in the ring now. Canvalencia is a super cute mover:

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10:44 a.m. EST: Mia is getting a classical rendition of Lead Zepplin’s Kashmir as background music, which I kind of love. She’s happy with her test! They’ve earned a 36.9 provisionally.

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10:40 a.m. EST: The next seven riders that we’ll see today are all riding as individuals for their countries. Now in the ring is Mia Hastrup, one of two pairs for Denmark, riding Shjabrina.

10:37 a.m. EST: Marcio and Kit Kat put a 33.6 on the board for the moment for Brazil. With three team members now they’ll have no drop score at the end of the weekend.

10:31 a.m. EST: We’re back with the final session for the day. We have 8 pairs left to go, the first of which is Marcio Carvalho Jorge and Kilcoltrim Kit Kat for Brazil. In case you missed the news from earlier today, Brazil is now down to three team members after Ruy Fonseca withdrew Ballypatrick SRS this morning.

10:14 a.m. EST: Alright, we’re on another drag break for the next 15 minutes. Katrin and Oklahoma 2 have earned a 36.9.

10:12 a.m. EST: Oklahoma 2 and Katrin just had the nicest stretchy canter circle. Their rhythm didn’t change a beat and Oklahoma 2 just looks happy.

10:10 a.m. EST: Katrin Khoddam-Hazrati is now between the boards with Oklahoma 2, who just looks like a real sweetheart for some reason. He’s got a real kind eye and looks like he’s trying super hard for his mum. Let’s also take a moment of appreciation for the Austrian tailcoats:

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10:06 a.m. EST: A little bobble in the last flying change will just barely keep Hazel and Clifford from scoring sub-30. They earn a provisional score of 30.3.

10:04 a.m. EST: Hazel is a really lovely rider with virtually imperceptible aids. You can tell this pair really know each-other — as they should, considering they’ve been together for over ten years!

10:00 a.m. EST: Well, that’s a tough act to follow, but between the board now we have another 5*-winning pair, Australia’s Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford, three-time Adelaide winners

9:57 a.m. EST: Picture perfect! That was a heck of a test as expected — accurate, expressive, just everything we’ve come to expect this Badminton-winning pair. And we have a SUB 20 SCORE ALERT! They’ve earned a provisional 19.3, and she takes over the lead from her countrywoman Yasmin Ingham, who’s riding for GB as an individual.

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9:52 a.m. EST: Yep, this is going to be a big one. London 52 looks his usual big-moving, fabulous self in the trot work and their score is trending in first place.

9:50 a.m. EST: Yoshi and Cale show their experience and lay down a really solid test earning a 28.0. Next in the ring is a can’t miss test — it’s Laura Collett and London 52!

9:45 a.m. EST: Next up in the ring and already through their trot work are Yoshi Oiwa and Calle 44 for Japan — this is their second World Games as a pair, as we saw them in Tryon.

9:42 a.m. EST: This is looking goooood! Little Bug looked so attentive throughout their test and Lauren looks happy as she salutes the judges … and YES they score a 27.0! They’ll slot into 6th place provisionally, just behind Will and Clarke. That means Team USA also has two in the top ten, thankyouverymuch.

9:37 a.m. EST: Bug and Lauren both are looking super relaxed and accurate through their trot work. They’re trending around 27 penalties at the moment.

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9:34 a.m. EST: Alright, here we go with Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus! Let’s go Bug!!

9:33 a.m. EST: That’s an excellent start for Team New Zealand! Clarke scores a provisional 27.4, which means that both they and Team GB now have two pairs in the top ten at the moment.

9:31 a.m. EST: Clarke looks as if he’s just enjoying a nice pony ride aboard Menlo Park. He’s got reason to smile too as they’re trending sub-30.

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9:27 a.m. EST: The fly or whatever it was has buzzed off and Bryjamolga van het Marienshof Z has settled down within her canter work. Sofia looks so pleased as they finish their test! They’ve scored a provisional 32.8. New Zealand’s Clarke Johnstone is up next.

9:23 a.m. EST: Uhoh, Bryjamolga van het Marienshof Z has got a figurative bee in her bonnet, more likely a literal fly or something, just before they do their halt and rein back. She’s now shaking her head quite a bit but Sofia is so, so patient with her as she waits for her to settle before taking those steps backward. The mare is still head shaking throughout their transition to canter, but Sofia is riding through it.

9:21 a.m. EST: Sofia is another youngster within the field, at 24 years old. She’s got a great smile on her face throughout her test.

9:17 a.m. EST: I would totally take Uter home. He’s not the flashiest horse, but he really listened to Marco the whole way through and tried his very best. Marco salutes the judges and gives him a kiss on the neck! Next up in the ring will be Sofia Sjorborg.

9:14 a.m. EST: A nice test so far for Marco and Uter. They won’t be challenging the top of the leaderboard, but they’re putting in a super workmanlike test.

9:11 a.m. EST: We’re back underway with Marco Cappai and the gorgeous grey, Uter, riding for the home crowd. We also got an updated/finalized score for Tom Carlile during the drag break and he doesn’t actually slot into second place like we thought — he earns a 26.4 which puts him in equal fourth place with our own Will Coleman. Lucinda notes that the judges likely reviewed one of the flying changes during the break.

8:54 a.m. EST: Melody finished her test and looks happy to have that done! We’re now entering a short break to drag the ring. The next test will start at 9:09!

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8:51 a.m. EST: Spoke too soon! Toubleu de Rueire throws in what is essentially a capriole after the rein back and there’s an audible gasp from the spectators. Melody has a good head on her shoulders (and a good seat in the saddle too!) though and has brought him right back to work.

8:50 a.m. EST: Lucinda notes that Toubleu de Rueire really enjoyed himself at yesterday’s horse inspection and had a great time showing off how sound he is. So far he’s keeping a lid on his enthusiasm within the boards, though.

8:48 a.m. EST: Gonzalo will score a 33.0 provisionally as we welcome Switzerland’s Melody Johner and Toubleu de Rueire — who’s looking quite fit as he enters the arena!

8:42 a.m. EST: Here’s Gonzalo Blasco Botin and the French-bred Sij Veux d’Autize in the ring now. They’re looking quite relaxed and accurate, but Lucinda notes that the horse doesn’t have as big movements as some of the other competitors.

8:38 a.m. EST: That really was quite a test from Tom Carlile and Darmagnac de Beliard! He’s just slotted into second place on a 25.5. Jamo now wraps up his test and looks so happywith Mahali, giving her big pats and a kiss on the neck after their salute. They’ve just scored an even 30.0 and should be rightfully pleased with that!

8:34 a.m. EST: All the flower boxes have now been removed from the ring and the youngest competitor in the field at just 21-years-old, Jamo Verwimp of Belgium, are now in the ring and performing their test.

8:28 a.m. EST: This is one impressive 9-year-old. Darmagnac de Beliard is a gorgeous mover and has a great brain to boot! A couple of the flower boxes at the letters have been knocked over thanks to a gust of wind during his test, but the horse didn’t bat an eyelash.

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8:23 a.m. EST:Tom Carlile and Darmagnac de Beliard are now in the ring and have already impressed Lucinda with a super straight centerline.

8:23 a.m. EST: We have just a small pause in action after Karl finishes his test — the wind has picked up again and it’s all hands on deck for a moment to secure some of the flower boxes. Karl has scored a 38.0 also, the same score as his predecessor in the ring — he and Susie will share an equal 19th place as it stands.

8:20 a.m. EST: Lucinda Green, who’s back in the commentary box, notes that “Chocy” has a slightly different way of going than other horses we’ve seen so far today. He carries himself a bit more round and with a bit “stabbier” gaits. That doesn’t stop him from getting it done and he’s also just thrown down the best halt and rein back that Lucinda says she’s seen yet today .

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8:18 a.m. EST: Canada’s Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes are in the house! I’m slightly disappointed that they’re still piping nice classical music into the arena and not Nickelback. I mean, could we at least get a Bridgerton-esque arrangement of Photograph?

8:17 a.m. EST: Susie and Monbeg By Design finish their test and earn a 38.0 — she looks pretty pleased and maybe a little relieved too!

8:08 a.m. EST: Sandra and Viamant du Matz will score a respectable 31.8 and Ireland’s Susie Berry enters the rings now on Monbeg By Design to make her senior championships debut.

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8:06 a.m. EST: Viamant du Matz is not making things the easiest for Sandra — he’s looking fit and spicy as he’s taking a few peeks here and there at some of the flower boxes and giving an extra hop at Sandra’s aids for one of the flying changes.

8:00 a.m. EST: And we’re back underway! Sandra Auffarth and Viamant du Matz are down the center line for Germany.