Olympics Grand Prix Special- Who will win Gold?

This is a good summary of the horses and riders competing tonight in the Grand Prix Special:

Equestrian Life – The scene is set for a spectacular Grand Prix Special- Who will win Gold?.

Ride Well!

Rachael

Thanks to Equestrian Life

Final Grand Prix Special Results – Gold for GB

Gold for Great Britain.  Last best Olympic position was 5th so this is a fantastic achievement – many congratulations to the team. Here are the final Grand Prix Special results (team and individual).  Nail biting competition.  Congratulations to all the competitors 🙂

Click here if you want to see the starting order.

Ride Well!

Rachael

Lucky Dutch in Olympic Grand Prix Special Draw

Here is the draw for the Olympic Grand Prix Special on Tuesday 7th August.  Will be another great competition so I’m looking forward to some amazing performances.

Click on this link to see it:

Lucky Dutch in Olympic Grand Prix Special Draw | eurodressage.

Ride Well!

Rachael

Thanks to Eurodressage

Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill win German Dressage Championships

Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill carried off some amazing performances at the German Dressage Championships at Balve.  They came 2nd in the Grand Prix but won both the Special and the Kur with scores of 9 and 10s.  The combination has a great chance of a medal in London.

Here is the Grand Prix Special:

Ride well!

Rachael

Results from Grand Prix Special Compiegne

Lyndal does it again!  First of the Aussies on 71.55% and third overall.  Here are the full results from the Compiegne Grand Prix Special:

Ride well!

Rachael

Compiegne Grand Prix Special Draw

Here is the draw for today’s Compiegne Grand Prix Special.  Go Aussies!

Will try and get you the scores as soon as they come to hand.  But the French don’t seem so good at that!

Rachael

Lyndal Oatley set to make her Olympic Games debut

Congratulations Lyndal – so well deserved!  Here is the announcement from Equestrian Australia:

“Lyndal Oatley’s dream of representing Australia at an Olympic Games has been a 12 year work in progress and after a succession of strong performances at recent Australian team nomination events the 32 year old Dressage rider is on the verge of realising her long held ambition.

Lyndal and her ride, the 11 year old bay stallion Sandro Boy, are the highest placed Australian combination at the end of the two round nomination process which will see them automatically nominated* to the AOC for a position on the three member Dressage team.

The team’s remaining two members will be chosen by national selectors over the coming days.

This is not the first time that an Oatley has been nominated to an Australian Dressage team. Lyndal’s cousin Kristy, who is also contesting team selection, is already a two time Olympian having represented Australia at the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Lyndal started her Olympic journey after watching Kristy compete at the 2000 Olympic Games and she couldn’t be happier about her nomination to the team and the chance to ride into the Greenwich Park arena in London.

“This is a fabulous dream come true and I am one happy girl. It has been a long journey to get to this point and I am thrilled to be going to my first Olympic Games,” she said.

Lyndal and Sandro Boy were cool under pressure in last night’s CDI3* Grand Prix at Compiegne, France. The combination scored 70.894% which saw them finish in fourth position overall.

“I’m so happy with his (Sandro Boy) consistency and his performance, he performs so well under pressure and he tries with every step, he’s got a great attitude and I’m thrilled with how we performed today,” Lyndal said.

“I’m excited that we’ll get the opportunity to compete in London,” she added.

Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Manager Brett Mace said the London bound Australian Dressage team is shaping up to be a smart outfit.

“Our riders showed a lot of promise today particularly in the way they handled the pressure. Competing for a position on an Olympic Games team is an intense situation to be faced with and our riders handled it well which is a really positive thing to see leading into London,” said Mace

“The overall performance by all of our riders was very high and this is evident when we look at the leaderboard and see three riders in the top eight,” he added.

Joining Lyndal in the top eight was her cousin Kristy and Clive (68.234%) and triple Olympian Mary Hanna and Sancette (68.234%), with experience making all the difference for both riders in last night’s all important nomination event.

Six combinations will be in action again in tomorrow’s (tonight – Australian local time) Grand Prix Special which will commence at 7pm AEST. Kristy Oatley and Mary Hanna will also start in the Grand Prix Freestyle which will get underway at 2:30pm Sunday AEST.

Following this, Australian selectors will meet to decide which combinations will fill the remaining two positions on the team which will represent Australia in London.”

The selection of Lyndal and Sandro Boy will, of course, be dependent on Sandro Boy passing the Vet Check tomorrow.

Ride Well!

Rachael

via Lyndal Oatley set to make her Olympic Games debut.

London Olympics Dressage Competition Format

Some of you have asked how the dressage competition works at the London Olympics.  Here is a bit of information about how the individual and team dressage events work:

The Venue

Greenwich Park is London’s oldest Royal Park, dating back to 1433, and is part of the Greenwich World Heritage site.

Covering 74 hectares (183 acres) and located just 20 minutes from central London, the park offers magnificent views across the River Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond.  It was a former Royal Naval College and is now home to the National Maritime Museum.  The arena has been specially constructed, held off the ground by about 2000 cement posts, to protect the park.  After the Olympics the arena will be dismantled completely.

The basics

The  Dressage tests are performed before a panel of seven judges, who award scores for individual movements and for the overall routine.

The Dressage competition consists of a Team event (made up of three athletes/horses), which includes the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special rounds; and an Individual event, which includes the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special as qualifiers for the Grand Prix Freestyle (the competition that decides the final Individual classification). The Team and Individual events are conducted simultaneously: a rider’s score in a test will be relevant for both events.

Competition format

After the first phase, the Grand Prix, the best seven teams (including any teams tied for seventh place) and the best 11 individuals (including any tied for 11th place) who are not already qualified as team members, progress to the next phase, the Grand Prix Special.

The Team event medals are decided by the total of the scores in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special.

After the Grand Prix Special, the best 18 individuals (including any tied for 18th place) go through to the Grand Prix Freestyle. Riders are selected to go through on the basis of their performance in the Grand Prix Special only.

Performance in the Grand Prix Freestyle determines the medals in the Individual event.

For a complete set of rules for all equestrian events at the Olympics you should go to the FEI’s link here: International Equestrian Federation (FEI).  As you will know the FEI is the governing body for the sport.

Program for the Olympic Dressage

2nd and 3rd August – Grand Prix

7th August – Grand Prix Special

9th August – Grand Prix Freestyle

That’s the best I can explain it. 🙂 A little confusing I know but I hope this helps!

Go Aussies Go!

Rachael

Watch Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro set a World Record in a Grand Prix Freestyle

88.022% in a Grand Prix Freestyle!   World record smashed!

In April, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro competed at the Hagen CDIO. They won both of their classes and absolutely smashed the world record for a Grand Prix Special test with the incredible score of 88.022%. Charlotte and Valegro, her 10-year-old Warmblood gelding beat the previous world record set by Edward Gal and Totilas back in 2010.  Their score at the time was 85.708% in the same event at the World Equestrian Games.

This is good viewing! Hope you enjoy it…..

Rachael