I hate to be a kill-joy but I don't think Charlotte's freestyle was a 90%... Alf had a better piaffe, and Charlotte fell behind her music and was behind for a lot of it - her previous record performance of it was better IMO.
I actually almost started crying after Laura B's test. It was so good, she rode every step and the short work was to die for. I think her score was a bit low, she was not 4% behind Adelinde (who had weird music, but the choreography was inventive - except the half passes straight out of the special). I really liked Laura B's choreography! I thought it was better than Charlotte's. She seems to do a heck of a lot of extended canter right to the same place - and Valegro spooked pretty harshly right at the canter-passage transition. I wonder where that got taken off her score?
Anyways, some spot on competition. I thought the top riders all were "podium worthy" and the top 3 are just spectacular on well, well trained horses with lots of showing under their belts. And congrats to GB on what now.. 5? Olympic equestrian medals!!!
They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!