Another day of dressage is underway. Today the Intermediate and Preliminary entries drive their tests. Those divisions have the unusual experience of being judged by all five judges.
The horse inspection was held Thursday morning at 8 a.m. instead of the usual Wed. afternoon in past years. All horses passed.
The temperature got into the 80s, but a breeze, fairly strong at times, made it bearable. With high temperatures expected on Saturday for the marathon, the jury has already added extra time to the rest halt, slowed down the speeds for the walk, and expanded the window in section E. The water hazard and the Gulch are obstacles one and two, so spectators should see fresh horses and ponies negotiate these two very demanding obstacles.
A competitor briefing was held at 6:30 in the big tent, followed by a barbecue dinner hosted by one of the sponsors.
Spectators Thursday witnessed something very unusual. Lisa Singer drove a single horse in competition for the first time in many, many years.