Lucinda Fredericks and Headley Britannia. © Kit Houghton
Lucinda was delighted with the effort of her "funny little thing" who is always so trustworthy in the dressage phase. She - the mare that is not the rider - has gradually evolved from a "sewing machine" into an excellent competitor with fluid movements.
The fact that both Lucinda and Clayton, who are always on the go at home between taking care of their daughter, their many horses and pupils, have had much more time to spend with their Olympic mounts has certainly contributed to this morning's success. The support of their numerous fans - Clayton's entire family has come from Australia - certainly played a role too.
A very successful morning then but the Games are only just beginning. And this "won't be a dressage competition," says veteran Mark Todd, who was the very first rider in the arena this morning at 6.30am.
Surrounded by the media - "it feels as if I have never gone away," he joked - he explained that the cross-country was a real Olympic challenge and was going to be very influential.
The time - 8 minutes for 4560m - is going to be very difficult to get among the numerous turns and twists which make up the course. But before riders and horses tackle the challenges at Beas River, there are two more dressage sessions: tonight at 7.15pm local time and tomorrow morning at 6.30am.