Drama in the dressage arena
Spanish Morgan Barbancon Mestre and Sir Donnerhall II entered the arena as planned as start no 5 for today´s World Cup Grand Prix freestyle.
Immediately after they started their test it looked like judge at E Dr. Plewa stopped the couple, and there was some confusion going on, as all the judges went down from their seats. There were no blood, no tongue and nothing to see. And after some kind of arguing the message to Morgan was to leave the arena. The audience at the spectator seats were as surprices as everybody else and were just applauding when a very excited Sir Donnerhall left again. Less than a minute later it looked like a new paper was handed to each judges table.
The FEI press release says that the floorplan has been changed overnight, but the fact is that it was the wrong floorplan printed for the judges.
And then Morgan and Sir Donnerhall II came back into the arena. Now Sir Donnerhall looked like he was in a kind of pricegiving mood, jumping around, but Morgan managed to calm him down and they did a very nice test with just some minor issues.
What a challange and hat off for Morgan being able to bring back the focus for both herself and Sir Donnerhall.
Assume that this was not really the way of collecting important points for the World Cup final for the Spanish rider, and she will be back for the final leg at s´Hertogenbosch.