Greenwich Park, England – August 2, 2012 – It proved to be an interesting day for the kick-off of Dressage at the 2012 London Olympics. Hometown favorite Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris fell to second place behind British teammate Carl Hester and Uthopia, who scored an excellent 77.720%. Dorothee Schneider and Diva Royal rounded out the top three with a brilliant performance for the German Team that received a total of 76.277%. Flash rain storms caused issues for Canadian rider David Marcus, which has resulted in his team’s elimination. Jan Ebeling and Rafalca, who rest in the 13th ranking with a score of 70.243%, represented the United States during today’s first half of the Dressage Team competition.