London, England – Germans Ingrid Klimke and Dirk Schrade sit atop the individual standings after the first day of eventing competition at the London Olympics, but Australia is currently the top team.
Australia had three of the top 10 performances in dressage, and is atop the team standings with 133.20 points. Defending gold medalist Germany is second with 137.60, while the United States is third with 150.90.
Team scores are a bit distorted because not every team had three riders compete Saturday. Every country has five riders, and the best three scores are used to make up the team score.
Klimke (39.30) and Schrade (39.80) had the best two individual scores on day 1 of dressage, but the third German rider to compete Saturday, Peter Thomsen, struggled to a 58.50.
Australians Andrew Hoy (41.70), Sam Griffiths (45.40) and Christopher Burton (46.10) are all placed in the top-10, and that made the difference in the team standings.
Great Britain's Mary King is third overall (40.90), but only two British riders completed the dressage Saturday. One who will compete Sunday is Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II.
Karen O'Connor is the best-placed U.S. rider, in ninth.
Eventing, sometimes referred to as the "three-day event," combines dressage, cross-country and jumping. The individual and team competition run concurrently and medals are awarded for both.
Two days, Saturday and Sunday, feature dressage competition. Monday is cross- country, and the two-round jumping finale is Tuesday.