The first dressage day of the FEI Driving World Championship for Singles took place under a lovely autumn sun. Thirty six competitors entered the main arena and Canada’s leading lady driver Kelly Houtappels-Bruder drove the best test of the day, taking the lead in the provisional standings.
Netherlands-based Kelly had to start early in the morning and her Oldenburger gelding Flip danced through the arena. With fluent transitions and a precisely driven test, Kelly and Flip peaked at the right moment. The Ground Jury awarded their performance with a score of 45,89: “I am very happy,” said Kelly. “There were a few minor mistakes, but everything came together and we drove our best test ever.”
Dutch team driver Rudolf Pestman finished in second place with his piebald gelding Diesel. Franz Schiltz from Luxemburg drove his San Remo Royal to the third place.
The remaining 13 competitors will drive their dressage test on Thursday morning.
Update: Dressage day 2, Marion Vignaud herewith left the Dutch leading lady Saskia Siebers with Axel behind. Saskia left the arena earlier this morning with a score of 44,36 and took over the lead from the overnight leader Kelly Houtappels-Bruder. So Kelly is on a 3th place a great start!