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Olympic Equestrian Eventing Day 2: Germany and Japan take lead

Posted Jul 29, 2012 by Elizabeth Batt
Not surprisingly, as the dressage portion of Olympic eventing came to a close at Greenwich Park today, defending Olympic champions Germany, took the lead in the team event with Japan's Yoshiaki Oiwa, turning in the best individual dressage ride.
As day 1 of the dressage phase of the eventing competition drew to a close yesterday, Germans Ingrid Klimke and Dirk Schrade sat atop the individual standings at the London Olympics, with Australia in the top team spot. But that all changed today at the conclusion of day 2 dressage which featured Zara Phillips and William Fox-Pitt from GB, along with America's Phillip Dutton and New Zealand's, Mark Todd.
Defending Olympic champion Germany, took the team lead from Australia, after a strong ride by Sandra Auffarth. The individual lead also changed hands as Japan's Yoshiaki Oiwa turned in a surprising performance to take the lead ahead of tomorrow's cross-country phase.
Meanwhile Stefano Brecciaroli of Italy and Mark Todd of New Zealand, moved right past Ingrid Klimke and Dirk Schrade of Germany, and while there was little doubt that Zara Phillips stole the show, spooky, antsy horses ruled the day.
The dressage portion of the equestrian triathlon is often viewed as the calm before the storm, but nobody told the weather or the horses that. British rider Kristina Cook was forced to compete in a downpour, as lightning tore across the sky. As a result, the dressage competition was temporarily suspended for ten minutes irking New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson, who called the pause "an absolute disgrace."
To top off the weather, wired equines currently at the peak of physical fitness in preparation for the grueling 5.8 km cross-country phase to come tomorrow, were also forced into restraint. Unable to see or hear the crowd until they entered the arena, spooked horses needed extra managing in the arena, some kicked out and one shied at a flower box.
Zara Phillips on High Kingdom turned in a promising 46.1 as her mother the Princess Royal and grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh looked on. Her score left her in 24th individually and team Great Britain in a comfortable third.
MARK TODD (NZL) riding Campino in the Eventing as Team & Individual  3rd after the Dressage phase of...
MARK TODD (NZL) riding Campino in the Eventing as Team & Individual, 3rd after the Dressage phase of the Eventing competition.
Peter Nixon/FEI
Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper turned in the best score of 44.3 for the United States, leaving them in seventh place in the team standings and 19th in the individual standings. Will Coleman and Twizzel are 26th, Karen O'Connor on Mr. Medicott finished 29th with Boyd Martin on Otis Barbotiere in 36th.
Team Australia is second going into Monday's much-anticipated cross-country portion of the event; Canada is eleventh.
Expect the standings to change as riders and horses tackle the 5.7 km, 28-obstacle course tomorrow. According to Nicole Winfield of the Associated Press, the course includes "two 2-meter blind drops — including one into water — razor-sharp turns, slopes, hills and jumps that are just shy of the legal limit for height and length."
Individual standings after day 2 dressage
1. Yoshiaki Oiwa (Noonday de Conde) (Japan)
38.10
2. Stefano Brecciaroli (Apollo van de Wendi Kurt Hoeve)
(Italy) 38.50
3. Mark Todd (NZB Campino) (New Zealand)
39.10
4. Sara Algotsson (Wega) (Sweden)
39.30
4. Ingrid Klimke (Abraxxas) (Germany)
39.30
6. Dirk Schrade (King Artus) (Germany)
39.80
7. Lucinda Fredericks (Flying Finish) (Australia)
40.00
7. Karin Donckers (Gazelle De La Brasserie) (Belgium)
40.00
7. Sandra Auffarth (Opgun Louvo) (Germany)
40.00
10. Clayton Fredericks (Bendigo) (Australia)
40.40
11. Michael Jung (Sam) (Germany)
40.60
12. Mary Thomson-King (Imperial Cavalier) (Britain)
40.90
13. Andrew Hoy (Rutherglen) (Australia)
41.70
14. Tina Cook (Miners Frolic) (Britain)
42.00
15. Kenki Sato (Chippieh) (Japan)
42.20
16. Ludwig Svennerstal (Shamwari 4) (Sweden)
43.70
17. Jonathan Paget (Clifton Promise) (New Zealand)
44.10
17. William Fox-Pitt (Lionheart) (Britain)
44.10
19. Phillip Dutton (Mystery Whisper) (U.S.)
44.30
20. Donatien Schauly (Ocarina du Chanois) (France)
44.40
21. Andrew Nicholson (Nereo) (New Zealand)
45.00
22. Niklas Lindback (Mister Pooh) (Sweden)
45.20
23. Sam Griffiths (Happy Times) (Australia)
45.40
24. Christopher Burton (HP Leilani) (Australia)
46.10
24. Zara Phillips (High Kingdom) (Britain)
46.10
26. William Coleman (Twizzel) (U.S.)
46.30
27. Nicolas Touzaint (Hildago de I'lle) (France)
47.60
27. Camilla Speirs (Portersize Just A Jiff) (Ireland)
47.60
29. Karen O'Connor (Mr Medicott) (U.S.)
48.20
30. Virginie Caulier (Nepal Du Sudre) (Belgium)
48.30
31. Hawley Bennett-Awad (Gin & Juice) (Canada)
48.70
32. Aoife Clark (Master Crusoe) (Ireland)
48.90
33. Atsushi Negishi (Pretty Darling) (Japan)
50.40
34. Rebecca Howard (Riddle Master) (Canada)
50.60
34. Andrew Heffernan (Millthyme Corolla) (Netherlands)
50.60
36. Marc Rigouts (Dunkas) (Belgium)
50.70
36. Boyd Martin (Otis Barbotiere) (U.S.)
50.70
38. Lionel Guyon (Nemetis de Lalou) (France)
50.90
39. Nicola Wilson (Opposition Buzz) (Britain)
51.70
39. Tim Lips (Oncarlos) (Netherlands)
51.70
41. Joris van Springel (Lully des Aulnes) (Belgium)
51.90
42. Tiana Coudray (Ringwood Magister) (U.S.)
52.00
43. Caroline Powell (Lenamore) (New Zealand)
52.20
43. Elaine Pen (Vira) (Netherlands)
52.20
45. Carl Bouckaert (Cyrano Z) (Belgium)
53.00
46. Ronald Zabala-Goetschel (Master Rose) (Ecuador)
53.30
47. Vittoria Panizzon (Borough Pennyz) (Italy)
53.50
48. Ruy Fonseca (Tom Bombadill Too) (Brazil)
53.90
48. Nina Lamsam Ligon (Butts Leon) (Thailand)
53.90
50. Jessica Phoenix (Exponential) (Canada)
54.80
50. Pawel Spisak (Wag) (Poland)
54.80
52. Toshiyuki Tanaka (Marquis de Plescop) (Japan)
55.00
53. Joseph Murphy (Electric Cruise) (Ireland)
55.60
54. Aurelien Kahn (Cadiz) (France)
55.90
55. Jonelle Richards (Flintstar) (New Zealand)
56.70
56. Michelle Mueller (Amistad) (Canada)
57.00
57. Marcelo Tosi (Eleda All Black) (Brazil)
58.00
58. Peter Thomsen (Barny) (Germany)
58.50
58. Takayuki Yumira (Latina) (Japan)
58.50
58. Marcio Carvalho Jorge (Josephine) (Brazil)
58.50
61. Mark Kyle (Coolio) (Ireland)
58.70
62. Mikhail Nastenko (Coolroy Piter) (Russia)
59.80
62. Linda Algotsson (La Fair) (Sweden)
59.80
64. Michael Ryan (Ballylynch Adventure) (Ireland)
60.20
65. Malin Petersen (Sofarsogood) (Sweden)
60.40
66. Denis Mesples (Oregon de la Vigne) (France)
61.50
67. Peter Barry (Kilrodan Abbott) (Canada)
61.70
68. Aliaksandr Faminou (Pasians) (Belarus)
63.70
69. Samantha Albert (Carraigh Dubh) (Jamaica)
67.20
70. Alena Tseliapushkina (Passat) (Belarus)
69.10
71. Harald Ambros (O-Felitz) (Austria)
69.50
72. Alexander Peternell (Asih) (South Africa)
70.40
73. Serguei Fofanoff (Barbara) (Brazil)
72.00
74. Andrey Korshunov (Fabiy) (Russia)
80.20
Team standings after day 2 dressage
1. Germany
Peter Thomsen (Barny)/Dirk Schrade (King Artus)/Ingrid Klimke
(Butts Abraxxas)/Sandra Auffarth (Opgun Louvo)/Michael Jung
(Sam) 119.10
2. Australia
Christopher Burton (HP Leilani)/Sam Griffiths (Happy
Times)/Andrew Hoy (Rutherglen)/Lucinda Fredericks (Flying
Finish)/Clayton Fredericks (Bendigo) 122.10
3. Britain
Nicola Wilson (Opposition Buzz)/Mary Thomson-King (Imperial
Cavalier)/Zara Phillips (High Kingdom)/Tina Cook (Miners
Frolic)/William Fox-Pitt (Lionheart) 127.00
4. Sweden
Linda Algotsson (La Fair)/Ludwig Svennerstal (Shamwari 4)/Sara
Algotsson (Wega)/Niklas Lindback (Mister Pooh)/Malin Petersen
(Sofarsogood) 128.20
4. New Zealand
Jonelle Richards (Flintstar)/Jonathan Paget (Clifton
Promise)/Caroline Powell (Lenamore)/Andrew Nicholson
(Nereo)/Mark Todd (NZB Campino) 128.20
6. Japan
Toshiyuki Tanaka (Marquis de Plescop)/Takayuki Yumira
(Latina)/Atsushi Negishi (Pretty Darling)/Kenki Sato
(Chippieh)/Yoshiaki Oiwa (Noonday de Conde) 130.70
7. U.S.
Boyd Martin (Otis Barbotiere)/Karen O'Connor (Mr
Medicott)/Tiana Coudray (Ringwood Magister)/William Coleman
(Twizzel)/Phillip Dutton (Mystery Whisper) 138.80
8. Belgium
Virginie Caulier (Nepal Du Sudre)/Carl Bouckaert (Cyrano
Z)/Marc Rigouts (Dunkas)/Joris Van Springel (Lully des
Aulnes)/Karin Donckers (Gazelle De La Brasserie) 139.00
9. France
Denis Mesples (Oregon de la Vigne)/Aurelien Kahn (Cadiz)/Lionel
Guyon (Nemetis de Lalou)/Donatien Schauly (Ocarina du
Chanois)/Nicolas Touzaint (Hildago de L'Ile) 142.90
10. Ireland
Michael Ryan (Ballylynch Adventure)/Aoife Clark (Master
Crusoe)/Joseph Murphy (Electric Cruise)/Camilla Speirs
(Portersize Just A Jiff)/Mark Kyle (Coolio) 152.10
11. Canada
Michelle Mueller (Amistad)/Hawley Bennett-Awad (Gin &
Juice)/Peter Barry (Kilrodan Abbott)/Jessica Phoenix
(Exponential)/Rebecca Howard (Riddle Master) 154.10
12. Netherlands
Tim Lips (Oncarlos)/Andrew Heffernan (Millthyme Corolla)/Elaine
Pen (Vira)
154.50
13. Brazil
Marcio Carvalho Jorge (Josephine)/Serguei Fofanoff
(Barbara)/Marcelo Tosi (Eleda All Black)/Ruy Fonseca (Tom
Bombadill Too) 170.40
Eventing, referred to as the "three-day event," combines dressage, cross-country and jumping. The individual and team competition run concurrently with medals awarded for both.