As for the Grand Prix on the first day of competition, I thought all the rides were fabulous. But with Axel Steiner talking in our ears, telling us the finer points of what was going on, or should be, we started to get better at telling the differences between performances. The only way to see these differences is to watch the videos of the rides. We hope to buy DVDs of this FEI World Cup 2015 and watch them again. One time through is not enough. Especially not for the incredible Valegro's freestyle!
But, for what it's worth, and for remembrance sake for myself and Ruth, here are the horses and their scores in the order they appeared. The score on the monitor is provisional. (And the ranking is where they placed relative to those horses that had gone before them... so for a brief moment, the first rider enjoyed ranking first.) The score in the caption below is the final, official score. The first line in the score is technical, the second artistic.
|Qui Vincit Dynamis|
|Di Lapponia T|
The first nine horses were in the first bay. Axel Steiner told us that we would see freestyles even better, technically and artistically, in the second group of nine horses. And he was, of course, correct.
|El Santo NRW|