Dressage trio aim to boost gold haul

07 August 2012 / 09:40

British equestrian's memorable medal trail at London 2012 could continue on Tuesday with another golden triumph.

Barely 24 hours after the British team of Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles won a first Olympic showjumping title since 1952, the dressage team will take centre-stage.

Britain go into the second and deciding phase of the team dressage competition with Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin holding gold medal position.

With eventing silver and showjumping gold already in the bag, a dressage medal would equal British equestrian's best Olympic medal haul of three in one Games, but with hopes also high for individual showjumping and dressage success later this week, that record could easily be broken.

Britain's showjumping quartet - Skelton, Maher, Brash and Charles - enjoyed a spectacular 'extra-time' triumph against Holland at Greenwich Park that sent a capacity 23,000 crowd wild.

Tied after two rounds of a pulsating team competition, all four riders for each country then had to ride a shortened jump-off course against the clock, and it was the Dutch that cracked.

Britain's first Olympic showjumping medal of any colour since 1984 was in the bag once Charles and Vindicat emulated Skelton (Big Star) and Maher (Tripple X III) in going clear.