Olympic team and individual gold medalists Valegro led by rider Charlotte Dujardin. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 8, 2016–Dressage horses from around the world underwent inspection from veterinarians and judges Monday two days before Olympic competitions starts at the Deodoro equestrian center.
Germany is favored to take team honors this year with three combinations capable of attaining 80 per cent at Grand Prix that with the Grand Prix Special will seal the deal.
Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados, world No. 1 and on Germany’s team at London in 2012. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth with Weihegold OLD could make history by earning one medal for Germany that will match Anky van Grunsven’s record medal haul., two would putr the German rider at the top. © 2016 Ken © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The United States is looking to return to the medals podium after an absence of 12 years and has performed a remarkable resurgence.
Steffen Peters with Legolas, the top American combination and the backbone of the country’s high performance teams for the past decade. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves on Verdades has been at the top of the new group of top American combinations. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet has emerged even more recently among Americans and backed up their early Grand Prix successes this year with strong results in Europe. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Allison Brock keeping Rosevelt, a powerful stallion, on the straight and narrow showing why she made her first United States championship team. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
With the Dutch considered a medal contender yet again, Adelinde Cornelissen eyes the flapping tongue of Parival that she rode to team and individual medals at London four years ago and is back with impressive results despite the the gelding’s age of 19 years. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Ouch! Patrik Kittel showing the effect of Deja stepping on the Swedish rider that led to the joke the rider could be sent to the holding box (where horses are assigned when they don’t pass the veterinary check first time). But the multi Olympian on a team that also includes seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven laughed it off. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lyndal Oatley of Australia with her 2012 Olympic mount Sandro Boy jogged through the inspection without a problem so no doubt gave some soothing care to Patrik, her husband. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kristy Oatley, Lyndal’s cousin, with Du Soleil, the second Olympics the two family members have competed together on Australian teams. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Fiona Bigwood with Orthilia on the British team, another rider facing a family contest. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Anders Dahl, her husband, is on the Danish team with the American-bred Selten HW. It is Anders’ first Olympics. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The Americas are represented by three nations other than the United States and host Brazil.
Veteran international rider Bernadette Pujals of Mexico is riding Rolex. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Yvonne Losos de Muniz is riding Foco Loco W for the Dominican Republic in her first Olympics. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Belinda Trussell, an Olympian and World Games rider for Canada, is one of two Canadians at Rio. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Megan Lane with Caravella that earned the second spot for Canada. The pair were on Canada’s 2014 World Games team. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jose Daniel Martin Docks’s mount, Grandioso, has ties to the United States though the PRE stallion is ridden for Spain in his second Olympics. The owner is Kimberly van Kampen of Wellington, Florida. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain on Delgado will be looking to repeat their European Championship Freestyle bronze medal performance from 2014. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Inessa Merkulova on Mister X making an appearance at the Olympics with the blessing of the International Equestrian Federation that found no record of doping that kept so many Russians from the Games, including a blanket ban of the para dressage riders by the Internaytional Paralympic Committee. The action drew a sharp rebuke from the FEI for not providing riders their right to show they’re not guilty of doping. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com