The Grand Prix Special has been concluded, and the medals presented. Here are the winners at a glance.
Germany proved their equestrian prowess once more, with Sonke Rothenberger, Dorothee Schnieder, and Kristina Broring-Sprehe scoring 81.93 points. With all of their riders scoring above 76, this is the team’s 25th gold medal in the event.
Great Britain, Silver
The defending champions fell to Germany and no one is really surprised. Spencer Wilton, Fiona Bigwood, Carl Hester, and Charlotte Dujardin earned a score of 78.602. A lovely performance, but 3.334 shy of Germany.
United States, Bronze
After a close battle with the Netherlands for the bronze position, the United States, armed with Alison Brock on Rosevelt, Laura Graves on Verdades, Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, and Steffan Peters on Legolas 92, earned a final score of 78.595 percent. For the first time since 2004, they medaled in dressage.
Isabell Werth, Gold
Anchoring down the top score and assisting Germany in the fight for gold, Werth and horse Weihegold Old earned a score of 83.711. Outscoring Dujardin is no easy feat, but Werth really displayed perseverance. She is now tied with Reiner Klimke’s record, earning six gold medals and nine overall, in her 24 years in the Olympics.
Charlotte Dujardin, Silver
Dujardin and Valegro managed a score of 83.025, only a fraction of a point away from Isabell Werth and Weihegold Old. Disappointing, to say the least, for Dujardin who was defending her individual gold won in London. Nonetheless, the duo sparkled during the Grand Prix Special and helped Great Britain win the team silver.
Dorothee Schneider, Bronze
Another German on the leaderboard, no surprise here. Schnieder and horse Showtime took home the bronze after a stellar performance earning them a score of 82.619.