Our sole dressage representative, Julie Brougham and her feisty German-bred chestnut Vom Feinsten, got their Olympic campaign underway this morning in the Grand Prix.
Riding in her first Olympics, Brougham made her country proud, taking 18th place with a score of 68.543%.
Brougham is the third New Zealander to compete in dressage at an Olympics. The first was Kallista Field at Sydney in 2000, followed by Louisa Hill, who rode at both Athens in 2004 and London in 2012.
Brougham now faces an anxious wait to see if she has qualified for Friday’s grand prix special. The top seven teams after the grand prix progress to the special to decide the team medals, but it also serves as a second individual round, as the top 11 riders not qualified via a team will also compete.