1996 Atlanta Olympics Dressage Highlights - The Grand Prix Special

1996 Atlanta Olympics Dressage Highlights - The Grand Prix Special

The top 25 riders after the Grand Prix team event compete as individuals in the more difficult Grand Prix Special. The Special includes the most demanding movements from the Grand Prix, spaced much closer together, making the transitions between movements critical to a good score. Anky Van Grunsven and Bonfire were simply incredible and earned a score of 77.67%!

Here is Lars Petersen and Uffe Korshojgaard of Denmark, and Guenter Seidel with Graf George of the USA. Seidel kept the temperamental horse together and earned a great score of 71.81%.

Steffen Peters and Udon had a very nice ride. One of the crowd favorites is always Klaus Balkenhol and Goldstern who had a very relaxed and effortless looking test.

The long lunch break featured a demonstration by cutting horses. These quarter horses are the most agile equines in the world. They show off their ability to balance on their hind end as they keep their front pivoted toward the cow at all times.

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