Yoshaki Oiwa of Japan and Noonday De Conde won the Eventing Dressage
Greenwich Park, England - July 29, 2012 – It proved to be a very interesting day for the second half of the dressage phase in Eventing. Japan’s Yoshaki Oiwa and Noonday De Conde stole the lead position after adding just 38.10 penalties to his score. Moving into second was Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli and his brilliant mount Apollo WD Wendi Kurt Hoev, whose expressive trot brought home only 38.50 penalties. New Zealand’s Mark Todd rounded out the top three, earning 39.10 penalties with Campino.
None of these countries made the top of the team standings though, as Germany takes the lead, followed by Australia and Great Britain. The United States had solid performances, but they were not good enough to climb the standings and are currently ranked seventh overall.
Yoshaki Oiwa (right) and Noonday De Conde had a beautiful performance today, showcasing their special bond. Horse and rider were one as they glided through each movement. Everything was very accurate throughout the test, and they flowed through each of the flying changes perfectly. In the end, the judges awarded the pair with scores of 74.44, 75.19, and 74.07, for 38.10 penalties. They jumped to the top of the leader board in a surprising turn of events for the relatively unknown rider.
“From the beginning of the test Noonday De Conde was very relaxed in the main arena,” explained Oiwa. “She was not looking at anything. She was very relaxed and soft, so I could really ride her. I felt everything was the best that it could be.”
Overall, the Japanese have produced a fairly strong team in the dressage phase, and they are currently ranked sixth. “This is a little bit shocking for Japan; nobody was expecting this,” smiled Oiwa. “I still cannot believe it. After my dressage test I didn’t see my results, I was on the horse. I had a good feeling, but from the judges point I wasn’t sure.”
For the past three years, Oiwa has been based in Germany with Dirk Schrade. Today Oiwa bested his coach’s score, as Schrade is currently ranked sixth with King Artus. Schrade expects nothing but the best from his talented pupil. “After my test, Dirk said there are a few thing I could do better, it wasn’t good enough,” laughed Oiwa.
Germany does lead the way for the team competition after Ingrid Klimke and Butts Abraxxas earned just 39.30 penalties yesterday. The pair is tied them for fourth with Sweden’s Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega. “We’re very happy, we had four riders nearly one point away from each other. I think tomorrow is a new competition, especially when you see how close the teams are. We did the first job, but tomorrow is another day,” stated German Chef d’Equipe Hans Melzer.
The second place finisher individually will not be competing for a team. Italy did not send a full contingent, but they had great results thanks to Stefano Brecciaroli and Apollo WD Wendi Kurt Hoev. The 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding had an incredibly expressive extended trot, receiving a 10 from one judge. They had one mistake in the collected canter, but their outstanding performance was rewarded with top marks. The judges gave them scores of 75.56, 72.59 and 74.81 for 38.50 penalties.
“I am very pleased because this is a special horse for me,” commented Brecciaroli. “He had a good dressage test at another competition, and we expected him to do well here. He was beautiful to ride today. I had one mistake, but I think he did a very good job. I am very happy to be here and look forward to tomorrow.”
Stefano Brecciaroli and Apollo WD Wendi Kurt Hoev
At the end of the day, New Zealand’s Mark Todd laid down a beautiful test with Campino, helping the country move into fourth and tie with Sweden. They were very solid throughout the trot and had a relaxed walk. Todd and Campino showed a very flowing canter during the end of the test. The judges concluded today’s competition by awarding them with scores of 74.07, 75.56, and 72.22 for 39.10 penalties.
“I was very, very pleased, and lucky because when I was waiting to get on, there was huge thunder claps and lightening,” noted Todd. “When I got on, most of it had gone away. The horse was fantastic. He’s a young horse and he tried really, really hard, I could not have asked for anymore, so I am delighted.”
Mark Todd and Campino
As the teams look ahead to cross-country tomorrow, Germany holds the lead position with 119.10 penalties. Despite only having one drop score the Australian team is second with 122.10 penalties, and Great Britain follows in third with 127 penalties.
The USA did not have the performances they were hoping for today. Although Phillip Dutton and Will Coleman had solid tests, the American’s still hold 138.80 penalties, and will be ranked seventh as they enter the cross country course tomorrow.
The leading American score came from Phillip Dutton as its final rider, aboard Mystery Whisper (left)
. They were in sync during the medium trot and extended trot, moving fluidly across the ring. The talented pair also moved nicely through the extended canter, and were solid through the flying changes. Unfortunately their final halt was not what they would have hoped for, but they earned scores of 69.63, 71.85, and 70.00 for 44.30 penalties, taking over the 19th position individually.
“I think I could have done a little better, but I am pleased with the test,” said Dutton. “Mystery Whisper gave a little bit of a spook around the arena, which worried me a bit, but he did settle and ended quite well. I got the trot going, but probably didn’t have quite as good of a trot as I had outside because of the atmosphere. I thought he executed the movements well and my plan was to try and present him as soft as I could look. I think the judges wanted a really soft picture, so I wanted to get the movement without holding him. He didn’t make any major mistakes; overall it was a good test.”
Dutton continued, “His dressage has always been there, I’m trying to learn what he knows. I can’t take any of the credit for the way he goes; he’s been educated brilliantly. When you buy a horse, its still somebody else’s ride, so you have to figure out how he goes and what makes him tick. He’s a great horse and he loves to compete, this is life. The one thing he really enjoys is going to big shows and being the center of attention.”
Now Dutton is focusing on the cross-country and making sure his horse will have enough energy to finish the challenging course in a handy time. “It should be good,” he said. “Although Mystery Whisper is not a Thoroughbred he’s pretty nimble, turns well and accelerates well, and that will be important tomorrow. I don’t go until the end of the day, so I’ll have a good idea of how quick you have to go to make the time,. They will get pretty tired going that speed with the hills. It’s a case of going as fast as you can without losing your horse at the end.”
Will Coleman and the 16-year-old gelding Twizzel (right)
were the first to go for the United States today, and edged out teammate Karen O’Connor. The duo posted scored of 69.63, 68.15, and 69.63, leaving them with 46.3 penalty points and the 26th ranking individually. They received solid marks through the trot work, but needed to relax more during the walk. Coleman and Twizzel excelled in the canter, executing an very flowing extended canter, and then easily returning to the collected canter.
“I think we got a decent score of there for the team and that’s the important thing,” noted Coleman. “Usually his trot work is a lot more competitive. I didn’t see the scores, but I kind of knew I was a mark down than I had hoped. He just was a bit flat. Normally his trot work is his strongest marks, but I think he made up quite a bit in the canter. I flipped it a little bit; I wish I could have gotten both on the same day, but maybe next time.”
This is 29-year-old Coleman’s first Olympics, but he is focused on the job at hand. “It feels like a three-day event,” he explained. “We get to ride in that big ring in Kentucky. This is an awesome spectacle, but we’re used to that kind of atmosphere, and that kind of stuff doesn’t really bother this horse. It’s more about getting him going than quieting him down.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s cross-country course, Coleman recognizes that it will be a demanding test for his older mount. “He’s pretty experienced and he made the time in Kentucky pretty easily, but this is a much different course,” he admitted. “We’ll have to call on him pretty hard from the beginning. He’s a real trier though, so I think if I help him out here and there he’ll come through for me.”
Stay tuned to PhelpsSports tomorrow, we’ll be featuring full results after the cross-country phase with lots of pictures of all the action throughout the day.
Princess Anne and Prince Phillip
Yoshaki Oiwa, Stefano Brecciaroli and Mark Todd
Mark Todd and Campino (NZL) - 3rd
Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega (SWE) - 5th
Lucinda Fredericks and Flying Finish (AUS) - 7th
Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo (GER) - 7th
Clayton Fredericks and Bendigo (AUS) - 10th
Michael Jung and Sam (GER) - 11th
William Fox-Pitt and Lionheart (GBR)
Zara Phillips and High Kingdom (GBR)
Lucinda Fredericks and Flying Finish (AUS)
Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper
Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master (CAN)
Caroline Powell and Lenamore (NZL)
Individual Results - Eventing Dressage
1 70 D2 15:56 70 OIWA Y / NOONDAY DE CONDE T JPN 74.44 75.19 74.07 74.57 38.10
2 61 D2 14:30 61 BRECCIAROLI S / APOLLO WD WENDI KURT HOEV ITA 75.56 72.59 74.81 74.32 38.50
3 74 D2 16:28 74 TODD M / CAMPINO T NZL 74.07 75.56 72.22 73.95 39.10
=4 33 D1 15:56 33 KLIMKE I / BUTTS ABRAXXAS T GER 74.07 74.44 72.96 73.82 39.30
=4 41 D2 10:24 41 ALGOTSSON OSTHOLT / WEGA T SWE 77.04 73.70 70.74 73.83 39.30
6 18 D1 12:46 18 SCHRADE D / KING ARTUS T GER 73.33 73.70 73.33 73.45 39.80
=7 47 D2 11:28 47 FREDERICKS L / FLYING FINISH T AUS 74.07 72.22 73.70 73.33 40.00
=7 49 D2 11:44 49 AUFFARTH S / OPGUN LOUVO T GER 73.33 73.33 73.33 73.33 40.00
=7 68 D2 15:40 68 DONCKERS K / GAZELLE DE LA BRASSERIE T BEL 75.56 73.33 71.11 73.33 40.00
10 63 D2 14:46 63 FREDERICKS C / BENDIGO T AUS 73.33 72.59 73.33 73.08 40.40
11 65 D2 15:02 65 JUNG M / SAM T GER 73.33 72.96 72.59 72.96 40.60 #
12 24 D1 14:30 24 KING M / IMPERIAL CAVALIER T GBR 72.59 71.85 73.70 72.71 40.90