WEG Thursday Dressage Live Updates, Presented by SmartPak

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Good morning EN! It’s time to kick things off in the sandbox here at Tryon for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. It really is a treat to have the caliber of horses and riders right here in our backyard. We are so excited to bring you the latest and greatest.

Start time is 9 a.m. and Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges will be the very first down the centerline. Click here for today’s startlist. EN’s chief number cruncher Maggie Deatrick has the latest on who to keep an eye on today, which you can see here.

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4:47 p.m. Team rankings:

4:43 p.m. Your top 10 as it stands:

4:41 p.m. Tina’s in the top five with 29.1! She’s the final rider of the day, so stay tuned for a full report to come very soon.

4:40 p.m. Billy and Tina close it out with a solid final halt, before the applause nearly flip the horse’s brains. Good boy Billy!

4:38 p.m. A late change has so far been the only fault of this test for Tina.

4:35 p.m. All the yes for Tina with Billy The Red. Very polished!

4:34 p.m. 32.6 for Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus which is just about the middle of the pack after day 1.

4:33 p.m. Tina Cook raises her hand to signal for fans to stay quiet during her ride to keep a lid on Billy The Red.

4:30 p.m. Vermiculus gets a little sticky through the changes, but also moments of brilliance for Lauren.

4:27 p.m. Gotta love the gentle jackhammering, sawing and other general construction background noise during dressage. Really fits the scene.

4:26 p.m. Bug gets a little excited for Lauren in the 10m circle right, tries to break to canter, but now we’re back on track.

4:25 p.m. Here we goooooo Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus going into the ring.

4:25 p.m. 37.8 for Nicolas

4:19 p.m. Really admiring the rhythm of Nicolas Wettstein and Meyer’s Happy.

4:15 p.m. What an exit! Nereo CP shows off his impressive Spanish walk out of the arena.

4:14 p.m. Ok this isn’t performance related by Albert Hermoso Farras’ ride, Nereo CP has the cutest white snip on his muzzzle! And, he’s also having a great test.

4:13 p.m. Spectators, who have now been melting for hours, seek shake anyplace they can, so stands are emptying a bit now.

4:11 p.m. Ah! live stream interruptions — thanks, FEI TV. Delayed remarks to say a lovely test produced by 32.7 for Canada’s Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo. Hawley dropped a 4* PB of 32.7.

4:05 p.m. Go Jollybo! Canada’s Hawley Bennett-Awad making great headway in her test.

3:55 p.m. Michael Jung’s pupil Pawel Spisak (POL) is producing a very forward, energetic test with Banderas.

3:52 p.m. 34.4 for 20-year-old Robin Godel (SUI) with Grandeur de Lully CH — You read that right. Robin is 20!

3:48 p.m. Robin Godel and Grandeur de Lully CH are presenting a very pretty picture for Switzerland.

3:45 p.m. 32.2 for Anna Freskgård and Box Qutie.

3:42 p.m. Anna Freskgård is off to a great start, less one bobble in the halt. Immobility is for losers, Box Qutie said, we assume.

3:41 p.m. “My horse is the greenest out there by a lot, but the experience is everything here.” — Alex Hua Tian reflects on his ride earlier as he joins the commentating.

3:23 p.m. Short drag break, check back for the final group at 3:37 p.m.

3:23 p.m. Current team standings:

3:21 p.m. A late substitution for the Netherlands, Renske Kroeze and Jane Z are sub-30! Team coach Bettina Hoy looks pleased at the in-gate.

3:16 p.m. The second rider from the Netherlands, Renske Kroeze, now working through her test.

3:13 p.m. Well done for Ryuzo! A strong result of 32.2 for him, which is coincidentally the exact score of his teammate Kazuma Tomoto.

3:08 p.m. Great start for Ryuzo Kitajima and and Queen Mary, the second pair to go forward for Japan.

3:03 p.m. Lovely canter work for this French pair, and for that they’ve earned a 30.

3:00 p.m. Opium de Verrieres’ medium trot is what dreams are made of.

2:58 p.m. Frenchman Maxime Livio ready to go with his young partner Opium de Verrieres.

2:56 p.m. Pietro looks delighted with his WEG debut test. A 30.5 for this pair!

2:56 p.m. 

2:50 p.m. We’ve got another uniform in the arena in Pietro Sandei aboard Rubis de Prere for Italy.

2:48 p.m. The test continued to get better and better for Cathal after their early bobble. He scores 34.

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2:44 p.m. Some drama for Ireland’s Cathal Daniels in the early parts of the test as Rioghan Rua gets a bit overwhelmed by the atmosphere. He gets it back under control and continues on.

2:43 p.m. 

2:42 p.m. Toddy and McClaren with a 31.4 for 9th place so far.

2:40 p.m. A little sticky through the changes, but Mark Todd is expertly navigating the test to pull out every single point.

2:36 p.m. It feels as if the crowd is holding one collective breath for Toddy.

2:33 p.m. Mark Todd is making is 8th World Championship appearance this time with McClaren.

2:31 p.m. Marcelo Tosi & Glenfly with good going for Brazil. The horse has a great outline, and the presentation is wonderful.

2:25 p.m. 

2:09 p.m. Chris Burton and Cooley Lands go for 28.6. We’ve just seen top 4 all in one session. Quick break now — back at 2:26 p.m.

2:06 p.m. An expert at work: Burto has done an excellent job of quieting the young horse and then pushing him for the best possible movements.

2:03 p.m. Chris Burton and Cooley Lands are up next. This pair will be fighting for a podium finish.

2:00 p.m. Well done for Joris. A solid score of 32.7.

1:57 p.m. Joris Vanspringel and Imperial van de Holtakkers with an accurate start.

1:53 p.m. 27.8 for Piggy and Quarrycrest Echo! That horse looked to settle more and more as the test went on.

1:52 p.m. 

1:49 p.m. Piggy did not come here to play. She came to win and you can see that through her test.

1:48 p.m. Barely any time to process this, and we’re on with Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo who could challenge for a top position.

1:46 p.m. 27.1 for Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg!!!

1:45 p.m. The crowd is going bonkers for Boyd. Lovely test.

1:43 p.m. Very accurate halt + reinback for Boyd. Silva should be pleased!

1:41 p.m. Boyd had to battle against a roaring crowd as they announced Julia’s score as he entered the ring, but he’s putting the perfect polish on it!

1:39 p.m. We’ve got our first sub-30. Julia and Chipmunk with 19.9 for Germany.

1:38 p.m. This group is full of heavy hitters — Let’s settle in for Boyd Martin & Testerleg.

1:36 p.m. The crowd loves this German pair. We’re expecting this to easily take over the lead.

1:34 p.m. I’ve never seen a more square halt.

1:32 p.m. Beautiful form for Julia Krajewskip and Chipmunk FRH through the lateral work.


1:30 p.m. 35.8 for Maria Pinedo Sendagorta & Carriem van Colen Z

1:26 p.m. Maria is showing off a very solid connection throughout all gaits in this test.

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1:24 p.m. 40.2 for Lisa Marie and Honor Me.

1:23 p.m. We now welcome Carriem van Colen Z and Maria Pinedo Sendagorta for Spain.

1:19 p.m. Honor Me looking a little “short in the neck” according to Clayton Fredericks on the live stream. He says Lisa Marie will be looking to keep things calm, cool and collected in this test.

1:16 p.m. Ready to go with Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me for Canada

1:15 p.m. 

12:23 p.m. Grab a bite to eat and check back here at 1:15 p.m. for the start of the afternoon session

12:21 p.m. Ronald Zabala-Goetschel and Wundermaske are good for 36.7

12:05 p.m. Ronald has been fully focused on qualifying and competing at WEG over the last years and we think he’ll be pretty pleased with this test.

12:03 p.m. EN’s Leslie Threlkeld is capturing the most wonderful photos here at WEG. You’ll want to check back for a full photo gallery today!

Daniela Moguel and Cecelia. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

12:01 p.m. Last horse before the lunch break will be Wundermaske for Ronald Zabala-Goetschel (ECU)

12:00 p.m. Alex gains a few points back in the end for a score of 42.7.

11:58 a.m. Things go a bit wrong in the halt + reinback, but Ballytiglea Vivendi is only 9 with no four-stars under his belt yet.

11:55 a.m. Ballytiglea Vivendi takes a peek at the crowd during his firs halt and you can just see Alex Hua Tian whisper to him ‘You’re ok.” Sweetness!

11:54 a.m. Fantastic! Well done, Heidi.

11:51 a.m. Did you know — Daniela found Cecelia from our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. WEG dreams, realized. Find your next dream pony here.

11:50 a.m. 

11:47 a.m. 36.1 for Heidi Bratlie Larsen & Euforian (NOR), which puts them 11th currently.

11:45 a.m. Here come one of our favorite #GirlPower teams, Daniela Moguel and Ceclia for Mexico!

11:43 a.m. Heidi Bratlie Larsen and Euforian performing their first 4* test and WEG debut as individuals for Norway.

11:38 a.m. Victoria Scott and Valtho des Peupliers earn a 40.8

11:32 a.m. Valtho des Peupliers’ quarter marks are on point!

11:31 a.m. Cictoria Scott riding proudly as the only representative from South Africa with Valtho des Peupliers.

11:29 a.m. Tension leads to a 37.8 for Patrizia and Hilton P. Sadly a bit above their trending average of 33 this year.

11:28 a.m. Patrizia keeps a lid on it. Overall very solid for Switzerland.

11:27 a.m. 

11:23 a.m. Patrizia Attinger and Hilton P having a few discussions in the early parts of the test, but picking back up now.

11:19 a.m. 

11:06 a.m. Niklas Lindbäck and Focus Filiocus post a 33, and now we’ll be on a quick break before our final session ahead of the longer lunch break.

11:00 a.m. Swedish rider Niklas Lindbäck is achieving a lot of elasticity through this test with Focus Filiocus.

10:58 a.m. 

10:56 a.m. Alice Naber-Lozeman and ACSI Harry Belafonte’s test was such a treat to watch. You can see from the stands how special their partnership is.

10:52 a.m. Alice is down the centerline with the most brilliant smile the Tryon stadium has ever seen!

10:48 a.m. First out for Japan, and a very correct test from Kazuma Tomoto and Tacoma d’Horset in their very first four-star test.

10:42 a.m. New leader alert! Donatien with a 29.3. With the lack of the dressage multiplier theses tests just inch ahead of one another. It will be a tight race at the top.

Donatien Schauly Adj and Pivoine des Touches. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

10:40 a.m. A fist pump for Donatien, and he deserves it. That test was pure class.

10:38 a.m. Frenchman Donatien Schauly Adj produces very fluid flying changes.

10:36 a.m. Riding for Italy, Pietro Roman and Barraduff earn a 37 in this first phase.

10:33 a.m. Pietro worked with what he had, but sadly we saw a bit of tension through the last part of their test.

10:31 a.m. Oops! Bit of a sticky moment in the canter for Pietro.

10:31 a.m. Italy’s pathfinder Pietro Roman is in the ring with Barraduff in full uniform thank you!

10:29 a.m. Sam Watson earns a 35.5, which trends above his recent averages.

10:26 a.m. 

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10:19 a.m. Equirating’s Sam Watson is next to go with Horseware Ardagh Highlight.

10:16 a.m. #NailedIt Blyth Tait scores 29.7.

10:14 a.m. Such a forward test for Blyth Tait and Dassett Courage. Gorgeous walk.

10:13 a.m. Thoughts from Will Coleman on his test:

10:12 a.m.

10:10 a.m. Here we go! Blyth Tait circles the ring.

10:09 a.m. And heads up viewers at home:

10:08 a.m. Heads up spectators:

9:57 a.m. 40.2 for Nilson and Magnum’s Martini.

Nilson Moreira Da Silva and Magnum’s Martini. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

9:57 a.m. 

9:56 a.m. We’re at our first morning break. We’ll be back at 10:11 a.m.

9:51 a.m. 

9:49 a.m. Brazilian on the leaderboard, but U.S.-based Nilson Moreira Da Silva has begun his WEG debut.

9:48 a.m. 

9:41 a.m. In his 7th World Games, we welcome Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos for Australia.

9:39 a.m. 32.4 for Gemma and “Spike.” Such a strong start for Great Britain.

Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

9:38 a.m. Gemma’s reaction says it all! LOVELY test for these too with their best phase yet to come.

9:37 a.m. Wow. Perfection in the halt at A for Gemma.

9:36 a.m. 35.6 for Will Coleman and Tight Lines.

9:35 a.m. You Thoroughbred fans are in for a treat today with back to back TB powerhouses. Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul are in the ring.

9:31 a.m. The crowd goes wild for Coleman. Their halt was in beautiful synchrony with the end of the music. Nice musical freestyle, Will!

9:30 a.m. 30.2 for Kai Ruder and Colani Sunrise. Some bobbles in the changes seem to keep the just outside of the 20s.

9:26 a.m. Good work by Will Coleman so far. Nice clean changes in the canter work.

9:25 a.m. Eeek! First American in the ring. Go Phish!

9:22 a.m. The sleepy Thursday morning crowd wakes up a bit for Kai Ruder, with loud applause.

9:16 a.m. The first German is the arena, and Coloani Sunrise is excellent so far.

9:14 a.m. 36.3 for Carlos and Junco CP, and his fan clue proudly waves the Spanish flag!

9:10 a.m. Now we welcome Spain’s Carlos Diaz Fernandez and Junco CP.

9:07 a.m. Colleen and Qorry Blue d’Argouges best their four-star personal by over three points with a 34.3.

9:01 a.m. Lovely start for Colleen! They’re putting in a very rhythmical test so far.

8:50 a.m. Win an iPad from Equiratings! Download Stacks and take your bets on the competition at WEG.

8:40 a.m. The coffee station in the media center is working overtime, sunscreen is applied + raincoats are in hand. T-20 minutes from the first horse! Keep checking this space.