If there is someone who really provides the audience with a show then it is Showtime – the Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit/Rotspon and Dorothee Schneider enthralled everyone: the large-boned horse showed the passage with a lot of power and sensational rhythm, showed a phenomenal trot and also a good walk. Only in the pirouette to the left there was a slight misunderstanding between rider and horse. The horse was not before the driver’s thigh any more and did not get out of the pirouette. “I’s not the end of the world,” so Schneider said. “I had a great feeling. Of course we have to analyse that but for the rest of four performance his ears were bent forward”. The 47-year-old rider wasn’t concerned by the fact that her horse shied away before entering the arena: “I knew that he would be back with me when I tapped him. He and I have a great rapport.”
German chef d’équipe Klaus Roeser was also content with his first two team riders: “The two performances were great. Sönke’s performance was really important, he did it in a confident manner and was very smart. It took a load off our minds. We can be more than content. Everything works out like planned. Sönke’s performance was safe, and then the next rider has less tension. Dorothee’s performance was also great.”
With Dorothee Schneider in first and Sönke Rothenberger in second place the German team currently leads the competition far ahead of the Dutch. The Germans currently have 79,157 percent, the Dutch with only Edward Gaal’s result after Adelinde Cornelissen’s forfeit have 75,271 percent while the British are placed third with 74,921 percent.
In the individual rating British Fiona Bigwood with Oldenburger Mare Orthilia by Gribaldi/Donnerschlag are placed third after the first day of dressage. Carl Hester’s pupil wouldn’t have expected the result of 77,157 percent. “I would have been happy with 75 percent. More than 77 percent is a great result for the team.” She was extremely happy about her mare’s performance: “She listened to me so well. It’s really as if I’d ride a friend. She is so honest.”
Tomorrow the second part of the Grand Prix takes place. Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados will start at 12:21 (17:21), Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD as last pair at 15:51 (20:51).