Germany's firm grip on the team gold medal has been confirmed after the morning session of group two during the second day of the Grand Prix test. Germany's third Grand Prix rider Klaus Husenbeth scored 72.080% aboard his Hanoverian gelding Piccolino (by Prince Tatch xx) and placed sixth in the provisional ranking. The super elastic and elegant Piccolino ran a flawless test and widened the gap between the American Dressage Team which is currently in a silver position.
Guenter Seidel was the third American team member to enter the Chapin main arena for a Grand Prix test judging. Unfortunately, Nikolaus was too tense to correctly perform his pirouettes, he stumbled in the extended trot and in the piaffe at the end of his test he lost impulsion. Seidel could not show the progress he has made under Klaus Balkenhol, something he was able to do at the Selection Trials. The score of 69.840% was a generous donation from the panel of judges that consists of Ernst Holtz, Jan Peeters, Elizabeth McMullen, Volker Moritz and Mariette Withages.
Horsesdaily is live "on the scene" at the 2002 World Equestrian Games. Read Astrid Appels' report of yesterday's Grand Prix test in which the fabulous Farbenfroh and brilliant Brentina topped the field.