The Netherlands started strongly in dressage in Herning  ©FEI

The Netherlands dominated on day one of the dressage team event at the 2022 International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Championships in Herning.

Dinja van Liere of the Netherlands and Hermes topped the charts with a score of 78.835 per cent.

Van Liere’s teammates Thamar Zweistra and Hexagon’s Ich Weiss helped with a score of 72.376 per cent, ensuring that the Dutch are ahead.

Germany are second followed by Denmark, with medals set to be decided tomorrow.

Germany’s Benjamin Werndl, brother of Olympic and world champion Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl, is in second place in the individual category.

His score of 77.003 per cent along with Famoso OLD edged Cassøe Krüth aboard Heiline’s Danciera with 76.863 per cent.

The riders were judged based on equine abilities, execution of the elements, suppleness, smooth transitions, and communication between horses and riders.

Danish rider Nanna Merrald Rasmussen and Blue Horse Zack scored 76.724 per cent and is currently on fourth but is in position to finish on the podium.  

Sweden’s Juliette Ramel riding Buriel K.H. is in fifth place followed by Gareth Hughes of Britain aboard Classic Briolinca.