As we countdown to the start of the eventing dressage competition, Richard Waygood, Performance Manager to the British team, looks ahead to the next few days of competition:
What an outstanding job the grooms did yesterday at the trot-up. The horses looked amazing and were presented beautifully – which was commented on by every nation. Well done and thank you to Rachel, Stuart, Jessica, Marcelle, Ruth and Sarah for your hard work.
It was great to see all the horses sail through the first horse inspection, with 77 combinations set to start. Our focus now turns to preparing for the next few days with the dressage getting underway later this morning, with Oliver, Ros and Piggy all starting their championship campaigns.
Having completed our first cross-country course walk yesterday afternoon, it looks exciting and will ask questions of both horse and rider. The course will demand precision, decision making and bravery, all the traits of a true championship track, both in technicality and rider boldness.
Chris and I are very excited about the group of athletes that we have here in Strzegom and there has been a fantastic team dynamic since the athletes arrived on site on Tuesday. We have a very clear philosophy that everyone, whether individual or in the team, is here as part of the ‘big team’, and here on merit. We are heading into these championships giving ourselves the best opportunity to win both team and individual medals. This strategy is designed to capitalise on our belief that every member of the squad is capable of delivering medals.
Team vet Liz Brown chats to equine physio Vicky Spalding
The British team are announced at the welcome ceremony on Tuesday