Your behind-the-scenes passport for Rio!
The Grand Prix Special, the phase of competition that named the medal teams, proved to be a dramatic day of ups and downs that eventually saw Germany taking team gold, Great Britain claiming silver and USA capturing bronze. For some athletes, their Rio journey is now at an end, while others are looking ahead to Monday’s freestyle, the individual medal finals.
Needless to say, the outpouring of support for our dressage athletes as well as responses from the athletes themselves dominated social media today.
We’ll start off with a chuckle at the incomparable Charlotte Dujardin, who apparently deals with Olympic pressure by tidying the barn like a good equestrian.
Team USA’s spirit and camaraderie is an inspiration all its own!
Great Britain’s Carl Hester never fails to entertain, while also being totally serious.
Ireland is beyond proud of its finalist Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K, the first Irishwoman to qualify:
— Team Ireland (@olympiccouncil) August 12, 2016
And this is the moment my proud father in law Joe Reynolds and Judy’s husband @patrickheavey173 found out Judy is going to #Dressage Freestyle Final #GoJudy #TeamIreland #TwoHearts A photo posted by Tara O’Connor (@taradolloconnor) on
Things we love:
— Equestrian Team GBR (@TeamGBR) August 12, 2016
— The FEI (@FEI_Global) August 12, 2016
While we might think of dressage fans as more of a “golfer’s clap” kind of crew, these photos prove that we know how to party.
Tyska ryttarna gör vågen framför läktaren efter lagguldet i OS-dressyren. Silver till Storbritannien och brons till USA – Grattis!!! Sverige slutade femma, inte långt från bronset. #Rio2016 #dressage #twohearts A photo posted by Svenska Ridsportförbundet (@svenska_ridsportforbundet) on
At the end of the day, it’s all about the horse and rider working as a team.
Zowel @diederikvansilfhout als @hpminderhoud zitten bij de beste 18 van de Grand Prix Special en plaatsen zich daarmee zeker voor de kür op muziek op maandag! #EquestrianDressage #supportyournation #RuitersInOranje #TeamNL #TwoHearts @knhsnederland @teamnlinsta A photo posted by Ruitersinoranje (@ruitersinoranje) on
We’ll continue to bring you updates from Rio as competition continues! Showjumping kicks off on Sunday, and dressage concludes on Monday with the individual freestyle and medal ceremony