Scoring 51.70 penalties this morning with Opposition Buzz , Nicola was the first up for the British team in day one of Eventing dressage at the London 2012 Olympic Games, held in the stunning surrounds of Greenwich Park.
Nicola: “It was quite emotional entering the arena; it’s a fantastic setting, not that I had time to look at the view! So many cheers went up from the crowd and so I raised one hand to wave at the crowd to let Dodi [Opposition Buzz] know it was OK rather than let him get tense. It seemed to work as he stayed with me and really tried.
“We produced the best test we could have done; I’m very very proud and pleased with him. We’ve been very fortunate to have support through UK Sport Lottery Funding to improve what would be his weakest phase and it’s really paid off.
“I’m very very excited about the cross country; Dodi is a super horse to ride in this phase and it’s an amazing course, so different and that really makes it special. It’s beautifully presented and extremely twisty and hilly, the time looks like it will be tight to get. It’s definitely an Olympic course.”
Mary King is next up for Britain at 14:30 – watch live online on the BBC here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/live-video/p00w2rmj