It may come as absolutely no shock to those of you who follow FEI-level driving, but Australia’s Boyd Exell had a firm handle on the first-place spot after this morning’s dressage session. He is, after all, the two-time defending World Champion … having won the individual gold medal at both the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2012 World Driving Championship in Riesenbeck, Germany.

With a beautiful dressage test (“just superb,” as I heard a radio announcer behind me in the media stands say when Boyd had finished), he vaulted into the lead with a score of 35.51 penalty points. Soon thereafter, Theo Timmermann (the Netherlands) scored 37.28, putting him in second place (for now!) over his teammate Ysbrand Chardon (42.12).

Chester Weber (USA) will drive his dressage test in just under two hours, so we’ll see how the leaderboard shakes up after that!

Here are a few images from Boyd’s dressage test …

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