Chris Stafford reports from the World Equestrian Games where the endurance event caused high drama and Germany led the team after first day of the Grand Prix plus Kiwi Eventer Jonelle Price
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It’s the first day of competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games which got underway at 7am with the endurance. Alas, chaos reined as some riders were misdirected by the stewards and got lost so the FEI decided to restart the race at the first vet gate some 40 miles into the 100 mile race. The race then became a 120km (74 mile) long and some teams were unhappy with this decision. Elsewhere the the first day of dressage saw no surprises among the leading nations as the teams compete for medals and the first round of qualification after the Grand Prix will see the top 30 riders going through to the Grand Prix Special on Friday. The eventers had their veterinary inspection today and will begin the first day of dressage tomorrow. I caught up with New Zealand’s Jonelle Price to talk about her current form and how she feels going into the games with the mare Classic Moet whom she rode to 4th place at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France and earlier this year won the Badminton Horse Trials in England. Jonelle also tells us how she feels about competing as a new mom. Chris also walked the cross country course and rounds up the day’s events.
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