Today, rather than give you more dressage photos, I thought I’d go hang out by the warm-up arena. This is the same area where each turnout has its carriage width measured and its horses’ bits checked after dressage, and where press get to chat briefly with the drivers after they’ve finished their tests.

Here’s a quick taste, before I head out for the afternoon session. I’ll post more later, plus a couple of surprises …

Mike McLennan (driving as an individual for the USA) was the second driver to go this morning; here, he’s warming up his team

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… and chatting with his coach, Peter Tischer, before going in the arena

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after finishing his test (he scored 67.46), Mike chatted with members of the media

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I saw a lot of these this morning: U.S. flags duct-taped to golf carts