Beautiful photos of Rio eventing dressage

Some fabulous horses doing their tests today, and while they couldn't overtake the two front runners from the first day, they gave it their best shot!

NZL-Jonelle Price rides Faerie Dianimo in the Dressage for the Equestrian Eventing (Interim-43rd). Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Centro Olímpico de Hipismo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sunday 7 August. Copyright photo: Libby Law Photography
Jonelle Price got some good moves out of Faerie Dianimo (Image: Libby Law)

The dressage phase is finished, and while the New Zealand team didn’t end up quite in the place they hoped to be, their performance was still good enough to leave them within striking distance.

Libby Law has been ringside in the Rio sun, to bring you these beautiful photos. We’ve picked out the combinations who impressed us in today’s conditions. While no-one could overtake the first-day performances of William Fox-Pitt and Christopher Burton, there was still some very good work.

From the Netherlands, Karin Donckers rides Fletcha Van't Verahof iphy
From Belgium, Karin Donckers rides Fletcha Van’t Verahof (Image: Libby Law)

Karin Donckers impressed with her test but she said she had been hoping for a better performance and score. “I wanted to get below 40 and that did not work out. But the best so far are 36, so I am not too far out. Judging is judging and riding is riding, and I felt I was one with the horse. This is what we want.”

Germany's Ingrid Klimke rides Hale Bob OLD. The pair scored 39.5 and are in fourth place. The German team leads after dressage. (Image: Libby Law)
Germany’s Ingrid Klimke rides Hale Bob OLD. The pair scored 39.5 and are in fourth place. The German team leads after dressage. (Image: Libby Law)

Ingrid Klimke is one of the most popular sporting personalities in Germany and a good number of German fans were dotted around the partially filled stands. They certainly gave her a huge level of vocal support, and while it didn’t top the reception the Brazilians received, it was pretty loud!

The German supporters show celebrate Ingrid Klimkes performance in the eventing dressage. (Image: Libby Law)
The German supporters celebrate Ingrid Klimke’s performance in the eventing dressage. (Image: Libby Law)

The elegant French horses were very impressive. They are less than a point behind the Germans. Mathieu Lemoine is in third place and we really loved their horses; such beautiful movers. Mathieu describes their team as “quite a new team.”

He went on to explain a bit further. “So we’re all trying to work together. We trained together for 20 days and the goal was really to form this new team and build the links between competitors.” Whatever they are doing is working, and their cross-country performances have been strong lately, so keep an eye on this lot.

The French team excelled. This is Mathieu Lemoine riding Bart L who is in third place after dressage on a score of 39.2. (Image: Libby Law)
The French team excelled. This is Mathieu Lemoine riding Bart L who is in third place after dressage on a score of 39.2. (Image: Libby Law)

The American team is tied with our Kiwi team. Phillip Dutton is their best dressage scorer, as well as being the oldest member of the team (52). He did an accurate test and is currently in 15th place on 43.6.

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice are the best of the American riders (Image: Libby Law)
Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice are the best of the American combinations (Image: Libby Law)

The sole representative for China, the always-elegant Alex Hua Chian did an impressive test and is in a good position to challenge the leaders if things go right for him in the jumping.

China's Alex Hua Tian on Don Geniro scored 42.4 and is in 12th place at the conclusion of the first phase. (Image: Libby Law)
China’s Alex Hua Tian on Don Geniro scored 42.4 and is in 12th place at the conclusion of the first phase. (Image: Libby Law)