The first day of dressage is now finished, and Chester Weber (USA) and Ysbrand Chardon (NED) are tied for the lead so far, with matching scores of 35.97 penalty points. Their closest rival for now is Theo Timmerman (NED) with 40.19, followed by Christoph Sandmann (GER) with 40.58.

Among the other U.S. drivers: Jim Fairclough (team member) has 51.97 points, Casey Zubek (individual) has 60.29, and Bill Long (individual) has 64.90.

A few photos:

U.S. team driver Chester Weber during his dressage test, for which earned a penalty-point score of 35.97 — exactly the same as Ysbrand Chardon’s dressage score

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while executing a one-handed circle, Chester’s leaders are in perfect step with each other

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Theo Timmerman currently stands in second place (or is it third?) behind the two drivers tied for first …

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… and Christoph Sandmann is currently in third (fourth?) place

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currently standing right behind the top three/four: Sweden’s Tomas Eriksson (50.30)

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Bill Long (here, executing a one-handed circle) is driving as an individual for the U.S. …

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… as is Casey Zubek, shown here saluting the judges before beginning his test

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On a side note, I have to say that I might be almost ready to learn to be a ‘gator on the marathon (kidding!!) after all the practice I’ve had over the past couple of days … standing on the backs of golf carts and holding on while hitching rides to or from the Driving Stadium.

My golf-playing husband won’t want to hear that I’ve been doing this, but we all know that horse-show golf carts are never quite used as intended, right?