Becky Holder and Courageous Comet produced a typically beautiful dressage test to net a score of 45.2 and take the morning lead. However, fellow Olympic teammates Karen O'Connor and Mandiba showed the hard work they've put in and nudged Becky into second place when they earned a 43.7. Phillip Dutton and his longtime partner The Foreman are sitting comfortably at third place with a 47.2, and Dianna Burnett and Manny are in fourth with a 51.3.
Although these are good first-day scores, some of the top riders are still to come tomorrow - including potential Grand Slam winner Oliver Townend, gold medalist Leslie Law, and British phenom William Fox-Pitt - so the lineup will inevitably change completely by tomorrow evening.
Who is everyone's favorite to win? As a Yorkshire gal by birth, and a longtime admirer of his, I'm hoping for Oli Townend to get his Grand Slam. Then he can use the spoils to marry me and sweep me away to our cozy cottage in the Shropshire countryside, where we'll snuggle and talk horses and...okay. Getting carried away... ;) If by some horrible twist of fate my hubbie doesn't win, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing WFP take the trophy, or NZ rider Jonathan Paget - he has the potential of being the next come-from-nowhere Mark Todd-esque rider, I think.
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