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Britain wins Olympic gold in team dressage

By NICOLE WINFIELD,

Associated Press

Updated August 7, 2012

(AP Photo/ Dmitry Lovetsky)

LONDON (AP) Britain ended Germany's domination of equestrian team dressage by winning the Olympic gold medal at Greenwich Park.

Germany took the silver Tuesday, and the Netherlands and Denmark were vying for bronze.

In dressage, the horse performs a carefully choreographed routine of movements that showcases the animal's training: prancing trots, extended strides, twirling pirouettes and a move called the flying change, which looks like the horse is skipping.

The competition received unusual attention at the London Games because the U.S. team featured Rafalca, a horse co-owned by the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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