The course for the first Showjumping competition, a Table C, was as can be imagined very interesting. Course Designer, Frank Rothenberge tested the riders with a variety of optional fences. Here Denmark's Tina Lund takes the straight and slightly longer option at fence 11 riding the Cantus Gelding, 'Cartier'.
Rod Brown and 'Mr Burns' began really well, but a foot in the water and three other fences down, saw them finish down the line. Rod however, is confident that they will perform better tomorrow.
John Whitaker may have added strides but he jumped clear and in a good time riding the Burgraaff stallion, 'Peppermill', for 28th place.
Spanish Team rideer, Ricardo Jurado keeps 'Procasa le Monde' straight as he jumps 5b, a delicate skinny plank, which caused quite a few penalties.
Irish Team rider, Shane Breen clears the last on the Crusing gelding, 'World Cruise'. They jumped well to be in 31st place after the Table C.
Canadian Team members, Jill Henselwood and the Argentinus gelding, 'Special Ed' look good in the Table C.
German Team rider, Christian Ahlmann and the wonderful Calato gelding, 'Coster'. A fence down saw them in 32nd position after the Table C, but don't expect to see him there for long.
Japanese rider, Yuko Itakura with the lovely Pablo gelding, 'Portvleit'.
Even Rolf Goran Bengtsson and 'Ninja La Silla' were caught at the costly 10b. The Swede is a beautiful rider and he will be in the hunt at the end of the competition.
Polish combination, Krzyszlof Ludwiczak and 'Hof Schretstakens Quamiro' jump the Mercedes vertical in the Table C, the first showjumping competition.
USA Team member, Laura Kraut rides the super Kingston mare, 'Miss Independent' in the Table C competition.
Gir Gulliksen from Norway jumped a super round with the Corrado gelding, 'Cattani' to finish the Table C in 11th place.
South African rider, Roger Hessen had quite an eventful round with the Quito de Baussy gelding, 'Quito', as his reins broke three from home, but he did finish on one rein.
Kolora Stud Genoa and Peter McMahon in typical pose. A fence down and a misunderstanding at 10b, marred what was otherwise a good round for the Australian Team.
The super Corrado stallion, Clinton, that captured such attention at the Athens Games. Ridden for Belgium by Dirk Demeersman they are in 20th place after the Table C.
British Team members, Tim Gredley and 'Omelli' by Burgraaff give 10b plenty of respect during the Table C.
Jean Claude Van Geenberghe, now riding for the Ukraine looked very good with 'Osta Rugs Tresor' for 15th place after the Table C.
Sydney Olympic Individual Gold Medalist, Jeroen Dubbledam, looking very bright in the orange Dutch jacket, rides 'BMC Up and Down' for 22nd place in the Table C.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and 'Shutterfly' looked super. A foot in the water was costly and saw them finish the Table C in 30th place.
Austria's Jurgen Krackow jumped a speedy round, to finish the Table C in 16th place, despite having a fence down for the addition of four seconds.
Edwina Alexander and the mare, 'Isovlas Pialotta' by Pilot jumped a cracking round for Australia in the Table C. They just touched 9a for the addition of four seconds, but still finished the in 14th place.
Poor Jos Lansink rode the Cassint stallion, 'Cavalor Cimano' in a torrential downpour. They lowered 10b to finish down the field.in 40 the place, but of course it is still early days.
Australian Showjumping Coach, Jamie Coman watches his team intently.
Nick Skelton's sensational Arko II was injured at Hickstead earlier in the season and withdrawn fron the Britiah Team for WEG. Then Robert Smith's Marius Claudius was injured and Nick stepped back in with 'Russell'.
The Ukrainen rider, Gregory Wathelet put in a super round riding 'Loriot' to finish the Table C in 10th place.
Canadian Team member, Eric Lamaze and 'Hickstead' are really flying over 9a. Their round was good enough for second place in the Table C.
New Zealander, Samanth McIntosh who has been riding for Bulgaria for some years demonstrated her talent with the Lennon gelding, 'Loxley' to finish the Table C in 12th place.
Even great riders make mistakes. World Cup Champion, Marcus Ehning had a serious misunderstanding with Aachen Grand Prix winner, 'Noltes Kuchengirl' going the quick way from 11 to 12. They finished down the order, but good money has it that they will not stay down.
New Zealander,Grant Wilson rides the Darco stallion, 'Up and Down Cellebroedersbos' in the Table C.
USA Team member, Beezie Madden really demonstrated her class riding the Guidam gelding, 'Authentic' to win the Table C with a sensational round.
Australian Team members, Jamie Kermond and 'Stylish King' began really well, but an unlucky stop at 9a and the horse taking a dislike to the liverpool at 10b, resulted in their elimination for the Tale C. They will however be back in action tomorrow.
Michael Whitaker and his the successful mare, 'Insultech Portofino' were a high profile victim of the liverpool 10 b which came down more than any other fence on the course.