The U.S. eventing team, behind Kim Severson's strong performance, is in fourth place after the completion of the second day of the dressage phase.

Only 1.2 points separate the top three teams heading into today's cross-county competition: Britain, France and Germany. The U.S. team is nearly 15 points behind the leader.

Current European champion Nicolas Touzaint, riding Galan De Sauvagere for France, led the individual standings with a score of 29.40. Britain's Philippa Funnell, atop Primmore's Pride, was second.

Severson, of Keene, Va., is in fourth place in the individual standings after scoring an excellent 36.2 yesterday on Winsome Adante.

Severson and her mount, known as "Dan," have won two of the last three Rolex Kentucky four-star events. Both spent the previous year recovering their health: Severson suffered a terrible fall that left her bedridden, and Dan had a threatening case of colic.

"I am very happy, very happy with it," Severson said of yesterday's performance. "I rode him three times today, which is more than I ever ride him -- just to make sure."

USA Team Chef d'Equipe Mark Phillips was pleased.

"She's great," he said of Severson. "She's a very cool customer, number one. And number two, she always produces her best work in the ring, and that's a great skill."

-- From News Services

The U.S.'s Kim Severson and Winsome Adante perform the dressage phase.