|Chester Weber (USA) co-leader after day 1 (©Nan Rawlins/Equimage®)|
The many spectators were treated to wonderful dressage tests in the Driving Stadium, which was blessed with a warm autumn sun.
Chardon was second to go in the morning and put down a wonderful performance which was awarded by the international Ground Jury with a score of 35.97 penalty points to go into first place. With the Swedish warmblood geldings Isovlas Tango and Isovlas Paganini in the lead of his team and the Dutch warmblood horses Zidane and Whooper in the wheel, Chardon produced a near faultless dressage test.
|IJsbrand Chardon (NED) shares the lead Day 1 (©Nan Rawlins/Equimage®)|
Weber mentioned that he may have contributed a little bit to the success of Chardon since the four times World Champion drives the talented KWPN gelding Whooper in his team. Whooper’s sire is Sir Sinclair, which is owned by Chester’s second cousin who owns the Iron Spring Farm.
|Theo Timmerman (NED) holds third place after Driving Dressage Day 1 (Nan Rawlins/Equimage®)|
The remaining twelve competitors, amongst which favourites Boyd Exell (AUS) and Tucker Johnson (USA), will drive their dressage tests tomorrow. The marathon, with eight beautifully laid out obstacles designed by World Championship course designer Richard Nicoll from the USA, will take place on Saturday 9 October. The final obstacle driving competition is scheduled for Sunday, 10 October.