Mark Todd (NZ) and Campino. © Lulu Kyriacou
Todd was a little disappointed with the 58.1 scored by NZB Campino which left them in 24th spot.
"Yes, I was disappointed with the test, he is usually much better than that but he has only been eventing for a year and that is horses," Mark said.
"As for the venue, well, it has been really good to come and see for ourselves. We have all heard so many things, and so far we have been impressed. The stables are nice and the surfaces good, although the terrain for the cross-country might be a little cramped next year when the course is longer.
"I have to say, though, that it is a real shame that more people will not be able to come and watch in person. They said maybe 35,000, which is not many compared to the 100,000 plus that turn up every year for Badminton - especially when so many people in this country are fans.
"As for the protests about using a World Heritage Centre, well somebody will always complain whatever you do but they should be proud that we are being allowed to use this fantastic park for a few weeks when they have it the rest of the time. It is still an odd feeling being here though, sort of like the Olympics but not like them."
Of the cross-country course, Todd said: "I hesitate to say that it looks straightforward, but it looks a nice course. The terrain will be the interesting bit. The course will be tight, but it was like that in Hong Kong (for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008) so it will be fine and a good test." Andrew Nicholson was also pleased to get a sneak preview. "Even though the course will be significantly different because this contest is nearly two star levels lower than the Games proper, you can assess the terrain and the feel of the place and see which horse might suit it best.
"I am lucky enough to have several to choose from!"
Nicholson was asked what he thought of the course, having vociferously criticised course designer Sue Benson on more than one occasion.
"To be fair, I only arrived this morning so I haven't looked at the course but Sue has had long enough to get a good feel for the terrain and has lots of advice from other people involved with the event so she shouldn't have gone wrong. All that input should make sure there are no problems.
"I like the positioning of the main arena, though, sometimes these are a bit 'busy' but this looked more relaxed. I agree it is a shame more people can't come but you have to think of the security issues I suppose.
"And yes, I definitely want an individual medal, I might get to Rio as I am not as old as Mark, but realistically, this is my last shout, it's do or die. As for being here, well, Olympics are always special but possibly not as special as wearing the New Zealand flag, at any time!"
The cross country begins today at 11am local time.
Result after Dressage:
1, DHI Topper (Piggy French) GBR 34.70;
2, Bendigo (Clayton Fredericks) AUS 40.90;
3, River of Joy (Michael Jung) GER 41.40;
4, Mrs Medicott (Sara Algotsson Ostholt) SWE 41.60;
5, Billy Shannon (Pippa Funnell) GBR 44.10;
6, Parancs (Sandra Auffarth) GER 44.30;
7, Sir Medicott (Frank Ostholt) GER 45.70;
8, Limestone (Joris Van Springel) BEL 46.50;
9, Gaucho (William Fox-Pitt) GBR 46.70;
10, Nepal Du Sudre (Virginie Caulier) BEL 48.60;
11, Furst Love (Alex Hua Tian) CHN 50.50;
12, Cavalor Telstar (Raf Kooremans) NED 51.60;
13, Lamicell Unique (Karin Donckers) BEL 51.90;
14, Viscount George (Andrew Nicholson) NZL 52.60;
15, DHI Colour Candy (William Faudree) USA 53.30;
16, Pastel L'Anguillere (Alberto Giugni) ITA 53.40;
17, Blockbuster (Waylon Roberts) 55.20;
18, The Only One (Jayne Doherty) IRL, Branco (Lukasz Kazmierczak) POL 55.50;
20, Pivoine Des Touches (Donatien Schauly) FRA 56.00;
21, Gunstone Wallstreet (Julian Stiller) USA 56.20;
22, Paulank Brockagh (Sam Griffiths) AUS, Borough Pennyz (Vittoria Panizzon) ITA 56.40;
24, NZB Campino (Mark Todd) NZL, Carlow Miller (Paul Hart) RSA 58.10;
26, Chuckelberry (Joseph Murphy) IRL 58.60;
27, Incognito (Clarke Johnstone) NZL 59.50;
28, Jabadaba Doo (Andreas Riedl) AUT 61.20;
29, Lit-Il Peccau CH (Benoit Johner) SUI, Libro Archie (Brian Nunez-Hughes) COL 61.70;
31, Killossery Harvey (Jaroslav Hatla) CZE 62.10;
32, Let it Bee (Kathryn Robinson) CAN 62.40;
33, Rongotai (Renan Guerreiro) BRA 62.60;
34, Olipper Scheervil (Denis Mesples) FRA 62.90;
35, Jazz King (Nina Ligon) THA 63.30;
36, Jaybee Star Celebrity (Logan Rawlings) USA 64.10;
37, Idaho D'Argonne (Ruy Fonseca) BRA 65.20;
38, Hooligan (Takayuki Yumira) JPN 66.70;
39, Culture Couture (Samantha Albert) JAM 72.60.