Dressage Powerhouses of WEG: Day Two, Afternoon Sessions

Welcome back to the second day of eventing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games! Yesterday we watched as half of the horses put on their dancing shoes, and today the second half of the field has their chance. Click here to see the order of go with ride times for today and here for all the details on how to watch live, with live scores here.

The competitors are performing 2017 FEI 4* Test B, which was used for the first time this year. At this point, anyone who has ridden in a 4* this year has had a chance to perform this test, but competitors who haven’t made it to a 4* in 2018 will be trying it out for the first time.

A huge change in dressage scoring this year is the loss of the 1.5 multiplier on the penalty marks, making the scoring a straight conversion to penalties. An average of 70.0% from the ground jury translates into 30.0 penalty points, instead of 45.0 as it would have in previous years. This will cluster the competitors closer together after the first phase, making the jumping phases more influential.

Anne-Mette Binder of Denmark, Andrew Bennie of New Zealand and Jane Hamlin of the United States make up the ground jury.

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Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega. Photo by Leszek Wójcik/LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Sara Algotsson-Ostholt (SWE) and Wega: This incredibly experienced horse has the longest 3* record in the field, having first competed at the level in May of 2009. The experience shows, as this pair hasn’t scored below 70% on a 3/4* test since May of 2011. They broke the 75% barriers in four of thirteen 3/4* starts from 2011 through 2018. They’ll be challenging for second place.

Aiming for: 26.2

Expected: 26.8

Ride Time: 1:43 p.m.

Bill Levett and Lassban Diamond Lift (AUS). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Bill Levett (AUS) and Lassban Diamond Lift: Bill and this young horse put in a personal best of 24.1 at Barbury Castle in 2017 and haven’t gotten back to the 75% mark since. It will be a big ask for Lassban Diamond Lift to get back to that mark for his first 4* test, but a solid 3* average of 29.8 will keep him in the game.

Aiming for: 29.1

Expected: 29.8

Ride Time: 1:50 p.m.

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Ingrid Klimke (GER) and SAP Hale Bob OLD: A pair who needs no introduction, these two own the best 3/4* score in the field, an 18.2 scored at the 2016 CIC3* at Wiesbaden. They’ve scored over 75% in eight of their last nine 3/4* competitions, regressing just slightly to a 25.2 in their most recent start at Strzegom in early August.

Aiming for: 24.7

Expected: 26.3

Ride Time: 2:34 p.m.

Ros Canter and Allstar B. Photo by Samantha Clark

Ros Canter (GBR) and Allstar B: This pair has the distinction of owning the best 4* dressage score in the field, scoring a 23.9 at Badminton this past May. Although sparsely competed at the FEI levels over the past two years, Allstar B has the third best 3/4* dressage average over the last twelve months. Despite that, their Badminton score was a personal best at all levels, but this is one of eleven horses in the field whose 4* average is better than their 3* average.

Aiming for: 25.4

Expected: 28.0

Ride Time: 2:50 p.m.

Karin Donckers and Fletcha van’t Verahof. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Karin Donckers (BEL) and Fletcha Van’t Verahof: Karin and Fletcha Van’t Verahof own the third best 4* score in the field, scoring a 24.9 at Badminton in May of 2017. They’ll be right up there with the top of the field if they score in line with their 4* average of 27.3. This is one of the eleven horses in the field whose 4* average is better than their 3* average.

Aiming for: 27.3

Expected: 27.6

Ride Time: 2:58 p.m.

Shane Rose and Virgil (AUS). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Shane Rose (AUS) and Virgil: Shane Rose and Virgil are no stranger to the 20s and have broken 70% in both of their 2018 outings. Despite that, they haven’t managed to break the 70% barrier at the 4* level yet.

Aiming for: 27.3

Expected: 32.1

Ride Time: 3:06 p.m.

Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound (IRL). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Sarah Ennis (IRL) and Horseware Stellor Rebound: These two have a 3* average (29.3) and a 3* personal best (24.3) in the top ten of the field. They haven’t quite been able to replicate those scores at the 4* level though, so will be pushing for a personal best at 4* this weekend.

Aiming for: 29.3

Expected: 31.2

Ride Time: 3:45 p.m.


Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Foxwood High with Selena O’Hanlon and Jonelle Price with Classic Moet have both achieved a 20s score at the 4* level. Tresor Mail and Sidney Dufresne have broken the 75% barrier at the 3* level, while Phillip Dutton and Z just put in a personal best of 27.1 in their last outing.