Mary scored 44.8 with Apache Sauce, despite an error of course. Mary forgot to ride the second loop of counter canter and only realised after she had finished, arriving down the centre line on the wrong canter lead. Initially she didn't hear the bell, but when she realised her mistake she smiled good heartedly, and returned to where she had made the error. It cost her two penalty marks.
After the test she said: "It must have been a senior moment. I thought they were wrong and I was fine, but then I realised. He was good and quiet, but I let him down."
A professional ride by William Fox-Pitt on the talented but not particularly elevated Macchiato secured him second place overnight on a score of 46.8 William said: "He gets worried out there but he gave it his best shot. I'm deelighted with that. He's not got a flashy trot but he tries his best. He's got a fantastic canter though."
Brits also occupy the third and fourth slots, with Laura Collett and Ginger May Killinghurst on 47 in third, and Pippa Funnell with Mirage D'Elle on 48.2 in fourth place. Dressage resumes at 9.30 tomorrow morning, with top names such as Oliver Townend and Ruth Edge set to compete alongside Mary King and William Fox-Pitt on their second horses.
APACHE SAUCE Mary King 44.8
MACCHIATO William Fox-Pitt 46.8
GINGER MAY KILLINGHURST Laura Collett 47.0
MIRAGE D'ELLE Pippa Funnell 48.2
THE JUMP JET Geoff Curran 48.8
COMANCHE James Robinson 49.0
CALMA SCHELLY Marina Kohncke 49.3
TWINKLE BEE Anna Warnecke 50.5
ALTER EGO Kate Walls 51.7
OINGY BOINGY Nici Wilson 52.0
WONDERFUL WILL Michael Pollard 52.0