New Zealand’s first two dressage riders acquitted themselves well on the first day of the three-day equestrian evening.
Sir Mark Todd, riding Leonidas II, gave a polished performance to finish seventh on 44 points, and Tim Price, aboard Ringwood Sky Boy, scored 47 points for 13th place.
After the first day of the dressage, Briton William Fox-Pitt, riding Chilli, leads with 37 points.
Todd, who is at his eighth Olympic Games and has already won two gold medals and three bronzes during his long career, said his horse was a little excited coming into the dressage arena after seeing the tractors grooming the surface.
“That meant the beginning trot work was a little tense but he gradually relaxed more through the test,” said Todd.
“You always want to do better, but under the circumstances it is ok.”
While a little disappointed with his score, Price was very pleased with Ringwood Sky Boy.
“I wanted to be in the thirties but I have learnt to be philosophical,” Price said. “It is a good score to carry forward for the team.”
Price’s wife Jonelle and Clarke Johnstone ride in the dressage for New Zealand tomorrow.
After the first day, New Zealand are in fifth place, on 91 points.
Germany lead on 82.5 from Australia and Britain.
Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games Mark Todd Clarke Johnstone Jonelle Price Tim Price