Tokyo 2020 Dressage Day 1.

Tokyo 2020 Dressage Day 1.

Jonelle and Grovine de Reve kicked off proceedings for Team NZ in the first session of dressage this morning with a polished performance to score just shy of 70% with 30.7. Three out of 4 changes were good, the 2nd one across the diagonal just not perfect timing but there were a smattering of 8’s and some solid trot work and dead square halts.

It’s a funny atmosphere with no crowds as the horses are in some ways more relaxed but in others missing the sparkle that a big amphitheatre with people packed close together often creates.   No great surprise to see Oli Townend and Ballaghmore Class out in the lead as they would be by far the most predictable to score in the lower 20’s out of the Group one runners which tend to be made up of cross country specialists rather than dressage divas.

Thunder rumbled in the distance but just a few spots of rain in an otherwise humid and hot climate made for sweaty riding but Jonelle looked composed and fit and she was really happy with Reve and his way of going this morning. They look an established and happy partnership in the arena and its nice to get underway and the competition finally up and running.  Odd though… 5 years work boils down to not much more than 3 and half minutes in the arena!