Great Britain 'very happy' to win team dressage silver

The London 2012 champions could not match the consistency of world champions Germany.

Equestrian - Olympics: Day 6

Great Britain's dressage team won a silver medal in Deodoro on Friday.

The quartet of reigning Olympic individual champion Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester, Fiona Bigwood and Spencer Wilton finished second behind Germany, who landed an eighth Olympic team gold medal in the last nine Games.

They also reclaimed the crown from Britain, who triumphed in memorable fashion at London 2012, while the United States took bronze.

Hester, riding Nip Tuck, Bigwood on Orthilia and Wilton, riding Super Nova II, all played their part, with Bigwood and Wilton enjoying memorable Olympic debuts.

Reflecting on the result, Hester said: "We are very happy. Any medal we would have been very happy with because any Olympics produces a lot of nerves, different atmospheres and different rides.

"But the whole of the GB team has ridden beautifully. Everyone coped with the pressure, and the fact these horses have come halfway around the world and performed like that is testament to the grooms and support staff.

"My horse performed great today. I loved riding him. He was very genuine."

German consistency shone through in Deodoro, with their three top riders on day three all posting scores of above 80 per cent.

Dujardin and the brilliant Valregro were the sole British combination to manage that in both her team tests.

In both elements on Thursday and Friday, Dujardin collected 14 maximum 10 scores, which augers well for the individual event in three days' time, in which she will start as title favourite.

Dujardin holds Olympic, World and European team titles, in addition to all three dressage world records.

The Germans, though, led by Kristina Broring-Sprehe, will be lining up to knock her off the sport's summit, and it should be a spectacular freestyle showdown.