It was a brilliant afternoon for fans of U.S. driving, who were here in France at the 2014 World Equestrian Games … and for those following along at home.

Chester Weber, who’s had a brilliant year and is currently ranked number one in the world, performed a near-perfect dressage test that earned him the blue ribbon in the first phase of this year’s Driving Championship, with an amazing score of just 32.21 penalty points. As I tweeted after the fact, it looked like Chester’s horses floated through the test. And Chester himself confirmed that notion later, saying that he “was really pleased with the horses … I couldn’t ask more from them today, they gave their all and they felt like they were dancing on clouds.”

With Chester’s win in the dressage phase, the U.S. team now stands in second place behind the Dutch team.

Here are several scenes from Chester’s gorgeous dressage test. In one of these photos, you can see one of tomorrow’s marathon obstacles in the background.

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