WEG Friday Morning Dressage Open Thread: Donner Raring to Go for Team USA

It’s day two of dressage here at WEG! We’ll be bringing you live updates from the competition each day, so keep refreshing this page for all of the insanity (or as much insanity as there can be in dressage!) coming down the pipe.

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6:50 a.m. EST: One American in the top 10 with Boyd still to come. That top 10 is looking fierce! We’re off to the lunch break now and will conclude dressage with our afternoon open thread at 8 a.m. EST.


6:48 a.m. EST: Another great test from Germany coming from Dirk Schrade and Hop and Skip.


6:44 a.m. EST:

6:42 a.m. EST: Jock and Clifton Promise have scored a 38! Just the second we’ve seen in the 30s. Jock tells Promise he’s a good boy and looks elated.

Jock 2

6:38 a.m. EST:

6:36 a.m. EST: So great to see Jock back at it on such a big stage. Getting some lovely marks so far.


6:33 a.m. EST:

6:29 a.m. EST: What a lovely mare. And just eight years old. Poland’s Jacek Jeruzal riding Flandia 2.


6:28 a.m. EST: How cute (and spot on) is this? Video by Gamal Awad.

6:26 a.m. EST: 20 penalties separate 1st from 46th place currently. #notadressageshow

6:19 a.m. EST: Eveline Bodenmuller and Jiva De La Brasserie CH attacked their medium trot.


6:14 a.m. EST: Another powerhouse Great Britain rider, Kristina Cook and De Novo News are underway. Looking quite relaxed.


6:06 a.m. EST:

6:01 a.m. EST: The Brazilian team is delighted after a lovely test from Ruy. 44.2 and eighth place!


5:56 a.m. EST: Brazil’s Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadill Too (how fun is that horse’s name to say? Try it) in the ring now and trending nicely for top 10.


5:52 a.m. EST:

5:48 a.m. EST: We’re back for the final group before the lunch break. Ireland’s Joseph Murphy and Electric Cruise are in the ring.


5:35 a.m. EST: Lovely test from Hawley and Gin & Juice. Should slide them into the top 15. Hawley looks pleased with her mare’s effort. [UPDATE] 14th place on a 47.8. Team Canada will be quite pleased! Second coffee break of the morning commencing now.


5:33 a.m. EST: Ginny is looking focused – this pair really puts on a sparkling show.


5:30 a.m. EST: Heads up Canada! Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice are circling!

5:26 a.m. EST:

5:21 a.m. EST:

5:15 a.m. EST: Italy’s Stefano Fioravanti is the seventh helmeted rider we’ve seen today. Already trending towards more helmets than we saw yesterday! #mindyourmelon


5:14 a.m. EST:

5:10 a.m. EST:

5:07 a.m. EST: Lynn talks with EN about her test today.

5:01 a.m. EST: Shane Rose’s Taurus looks quite tense today but Shane does a good job keeping a lid on it.


4:57 a.m. EST: Qalao Des Mers another who isn’t a fan of crowd noise. Too bad he’s in front of his home crowd – big cheers for this pair! They go into ninth place with a 45.3.



4:54 a.m. EST:

4:51 a.m. EST: Riding for the home team, Maxime Livio and Qalao Des Mers are underway now. Who else has a thing for Selle Francais?


4:37 a.m. EST: The leaderboard remains relatively unchanged after the first group this morning. Plenty still to come, though! #watchoutWilly


4:33 a.m. EST: We all know Donner is not a fan of crowd noise, so he naturally came a bit undone after the final halt! Lynn will take a 53.0 into cross country tomorrow.

Lynn Symansky and Donner


4:31 a.m. EST: Nice looking changes from Donner so far. Lynn is doing a wonderful job of keeping him focused today.


4:29 a.m. EST: Lynn really went for it on her medium trot.


4:27 a.m. EST: USA cheering on Lynn and Donner, who are down centerline now!


4:24 a.m. EST:

4:23 a.m. EST: Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice taking in the sights. This Canadian pair will ride at the end of the second group this morning.

Via the Hawley Bennett Eventing Facebook page.

Via the Hawley Bennett Eventing Facebook page.

4:21 a.m. EST: FYI!

4:20 a.m. EST: The only rider for South Africa, Alexander Peternell and Ash in the ring now. Lovely looking horse, but struggling to receive the judges’ approval.


4:12 a.m. EST: Another veteran German pair, Peter Thomsen and Horseware’s Barny. Peter is a definitely one that we amateurs can look up to!


4:08 a.m. EST: Lots of emotion for Sebastien’s connections!


4:07 a.m. EST: We feel you, Cobie!

4:03 a.m. EST: What an elegant horse Tarango De Lully CH is! Ridden by Switzerland’s Sebastien Poirier.


4:00 a.m. EST: Irish represent!


3:56 a.m. EST: Ireland’s Camila Speirs and Portersize Just a Jiff are underway now. This little horse is also giving his all, he just isn’t as big of a mover as some others we’ve seen.


3:54 a.m. EST: Lucy looked positively thrilled with her debut at WEG. She will go into equal sixth with Phillip Dutton on 43.6.

3:50 a.m. EST: Willy Do is trying his little heart out for New Zealand’s Lucy Jackson. This pair are putting in a lovely test so far. Very relaxed.


3:48 a.m. EST:

3:44 a.m. EST: Kim and Sparky have gone in for the individual test! Sparky is a bit up today, but if anyone can rein him in, it’s veteran rider Kim.

Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless


3:37 a.m. EST: Good morning, Laine!

3:36 a.m. EST:

Brave in the extended canter, hope that gets him better marks. Neat first change. The horse looks a bit overawed by the surroundings.
— Event Riders Assoc (@EventRidersAssc) August 29, 2014

3:32 a.m. EST: And we’re underway! Oliver Townend and Black Tie are first in and look ready to get their weekend started.

3:15 a.m. EST: The sun is shining bright here at Haras du Pin, a welcome change from yesterday’s gloom and rain. Everyone is in cheery spirits and we’re looking forward to watching two Team USA riders lead off today’s competition — Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless are second to go and Lynn Symansky and Donner are eighth on the schedule. William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning currently hold the lead on a score of 37.5 with two German riders on his heels, Michael Jung in second on a 40.7 and Ingrid Klimke in third on a 41.2.


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