Yesterday was the first day of dressage here in Riesenbeck, and I did something a bit different. Instead of getting all the “usual” photos of dressage tests being driven, I mostly hung around the warmup arena … and the in-gate, where one is up close as the teams trot smartly across the path, through the gate, and into the electric atmosphere of the huge arena lined with thousands of spectators.

Currently, Chester Weber (USA) is in the lead. Less than half a point behind him is Boyd Exell (AUS), and Ysbrand Chardon (NED) is in third. Dressage finishes up today, and then we move on to the marathon and the cones.

So here is my slightly different perspective on the leaders after the first day of dressage.

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Currently in third place, Dutch driver, trainer, and instructor Ysbrand Chardon is seen here with his student Wolf von Buchholtz (ARG):

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Also by watching the warmup, I learned that Spain’s Juan Antonio Real Garcia is trained by Boyd Exell (currently in second place and the reigning individual gold medalist).

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And, finally, here are a few photos of Chester Weber: entering the warmup area, in the warmup (with his trainer and U.S. coach Michael Freund), trotting to the main arena, and entering the dressage arena for his test.

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