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Lucinda Fredericks, riding for Australia, was the star of the first session of the Eventing Dressage that opened the Olympic Equestrian Events in Hong Kong this morning. Lucinda heaped well deserved applause on the exceptional mare Headley Britannia and she leads the competition on 30.40 penalties. Western Australian Clayton Fredericks riding Ben Along Time ranks second on 37 penalties. Gina Miles of the United States (USA) is in third place with 39.30 penalties. The results put the Australian team in comfortable first place, 18 points ahead of the United States. Sweden is in third place. The rest of the Australian team members including our very own Sonja Johnson and the Western Australian bred Ringwould Jaguar will compete on Sunday (Day two) 10th August. Good Luck Sonja & Jag!! Olympic legend Mark Todd of New Zealand opened the Equestrian events being the first into the arena. At his sixth Olympics he collected a score of 49.40 penalties putting him in eighth place with Gandalf. Favorite and World No. 1 William Fox-Pitt (GBR) had a shaky start. His horse Parkmore Ed was unsettled after spooking at the far end of the arena.

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