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Britain wins another gold in equestrian

London, England (Sports Network) - Great Britain added a third equestrian medal to its haul at the London Olympics with a gold Tuesday in team dressage.

Riders Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin made Britain the first non-German team since 1972 to win the team dressage competition in a non-boycotted Olympics.

Germany was second and the Netherlands third for the silver and bronze. The top three positions all held from Day 1 of the competition last week.

The victory came one day after Britain beat the Netherlands in a jump-off to win the team jumping competition.

Dujardin clinched the gold Tuesday with an Olympic-record score on the final ride. It was Britain's first-ever Olympic medal in dressage.

"I haven't had time to think about it. I was more nervous today," she said. "I wanted the gold medal so badly but I like this test and I knew I could do it well."

A German team had won the competition in eight of the last nine Olympics -- Germany from 1992-2008 and West Germany in 1976, then 1984-88. The Soviet Union took gold in the boycotted 1980 Moscow Games.

The United States team, including the Ann Romney-owned horse Rafalca and its rider Jan Ebeling, finished sixth.

The Grand Prix Special also counted as the second qualifier for the individual dressage competition, which ends Thursday with a freestyle round set to music. Dujardin leads the Netherlands' Adelinde Cornelissen and teammate Hester in the standings.

Only the top 18 riders advanced, including American Steffen Peters. Ebeling and Rafalca did not move on.

08/07 12:51:26 ET

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