Laura Graves & Verdades Lead USA 1 to Top Midway Through Wellington Nations Cup

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Laura Graves riding Verdades in the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves riding Verdades in the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 26, 2015–Laura Graves on Verdades led the United States 1 all-female team to a dominating performance midway through the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup of mixed big and small tour combinations Wednesday which will be the format for the Pan American Games in Toronto in July.

Laura and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding scored 74.420 per cent while team mate Allison Brock on Rosevelt posted a personal best of 72.200 per cent–and a bonus of 1.5 percentage points for Grand Prix extended the lead for the team that included two small tour pairs, Kim Herslow and Rosmarin and Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir.

For Laura and Verdades, it was only their third show since the World Games last August and after this competition will head to Las Vegas for their first World Cup performance.

Kasey Perry on Goerklintgaards Dublet on United States 2 team was the top scoring small tour combination with 73.816 per cent with Kimberly Herslow on Rosmarin in second place on 73.684 per cent. The winning ride by Kasey can be seen here.

Kasey Perry on Goerklintgaards Dublet. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kasey Perry on Goerklintgaards Dublet. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Chris Von Marttels on Zilverstar was in third place individually on 73.316 per cent and the highest ranking Canadian with team mate Diane Creech on Robbie W next on 71.868 per cent.

After the first day of the two-day event–the Intermediate 1 and the Grand Prix Special will be held Thursday, the standings were:

1. United States 1–223.304
2. Canada 1 – 216.664
3. United States 2 – 209.980
4. Canada 2 – 209.264
5. Germany – 208.910
6. Guatemala – 196
7. Colombia – 195.184
8. Australia – 186.921
Venezuela was knocked out of the team competition when two of its horses were eliminated with blood in the mouths, leaving only two combinations.

Allison Brock on Rosevelt on their way to posting a personal best score on a day that owners Claudine and Fritz Kundrun were celebrated for a contribution to U.S. dressage of up to $500,000 if matched by donations from others of $1 million. ©  2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Allison Brock on Rosevelt on their way to posting a personal best score on a day that owners Claudine and Fritz Kundrun were celebrated for a contribution to U.S. dressage of up to $500,000 if matched by donations from others of a total of $1 million. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Nations Cup is the headline event of the finale 12th week of the $650,000 Global lineup of seven international events that has drawn entries creating a succession of records for dressage in the Western Hemisphere.

The only non-championship dressage Nations Cup outside Europe has evolved over the past four years into the unique mixed team format that has been implemented for the first time at this year’s Pan Ams where only a team with at least one Grand Prix combination can qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The United States teams at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center were missing three California riders–at Grand Prix, the national championship pair of Steffen Peters on Legolas as well as the newly developing Grand Prix mount Rosamunde and Kathleen Raine on Breanna and Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo at Prix St. Georges.

However, the top Canadian combinations in both big and small tour are competing in Wellington.

Canada's Chris Von Mrels on Zilverstar. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Canada’s Chris Von Mrels on Zilverstar. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Extremely hot (90F/32C) and humid weather played havoc with warmup plans for many of the riders some of whom said they were ready to go into the competition arena after 15 minutes of preparation although they had allowed 30 minutes and then had to wait their turn.

Robert Dover, the U.S. Chef d’Equipe, said of the first day: “The riders cam into this arerna to do their job and to show America is not only superior to any other country in our hemisphere but ready to be ranked among the best nations in the world.”

Results:

Grand Prix

E: Torrente – COL H: Zang – USA C: Foy – USA M: McMullen – CAN B: Armando – ARG
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Graves, Laura USA Verdades 73.500 1 73.600 2 75.400 1 76.300 1 73.300 1 74.420 0
Brock, Allison USA Rosevelt 72.700 2 73.800 1 70.600 3 71.900 3 72.000 2 72.200 0
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton 69.100 3 68.800 4 72.000 2 71.500 4 68.500 5 69.980 0
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 67.700 4 71.300 3 69.500 4 72.400 2 68.800 4 69.940 0
Koschel, Christoph GER Tiesto 67.000 5 67.900 5 68.200 5 70.800 5 69.200 3 68.620 0
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 66.400 6 67.200 6 64.100 7 69.500 6 65.900 7 66.620 0
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail 63.700 7 63.600 7 65.500 6 68.200 7 66.400 6 65.480 0
 Prix St. Georges
E: Torrente – COL H: Zang – USA C: Foy – USA M: McMullen – CAN B: Armando – ARG
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Perry, Kasey USA Goerklintgaards Dublet 76.974 1 73.553 3 72.105 4 72.895 4 73.553 1 73.816 0
Herslow, Kimberly USA Rosmarin 72.763 2 74.211 2 73.684 2 75.395 1 72.368 3 73.684 0
Von Martels, Chris CAN Zilverstar 72.500 3 74.342 1 73.816 1 74.474 2 71.447 5 73.316 0
Creech, Diane CAN Robbie W 70.658 6 72.368 4 72.368 3 72.895 4 71.053 6 71.868 0
LaGoy-Weltz, Olivia USA Rassing’s Lonoir 71.184 5 71.184 5 71.579 5 71.184 9 72.895 2 71.605 0
Boylen, Christilot CAN Donatella 79 72.368 4 70.921 6 69.342 6 72.632 6 70.395 8 71.132 0
Klimke, Michael GER Djamba Djokiba 68.289 12 70.789 7 69.342 6 74.342 3 71.711 4 70.895 0
Dueck, Shannon CAN Cantaris 69.737 8 70.658 8 69.211 8 69.474 12 70.526 7 69.921 0
Hickey, Christopher USA Ronaldo 68.158 13 69.868 10 67.763 9 72.368 7 67.763 13 69.184 0
Reteguiz-Denizard, Luis PUR Royal Affair 70.000 7 66.184 13 67.237 11 67.632 14 70.395 8 68.289 0
Irwin, Tina CAN Fancy That 69.079 9 65.526 15 66.711 12 72.105 8 67.632 14 68.211 0
Myburgh, Neve GER Bon Chance 68.816 10 70.395 9 66.447 13 63.816 24 70.000 10 67.895 0
Koschel, Patricia GER Leuchtfeuer DE 68.421 11 67.895 12 66.316 14 69.605 11 66.842 16 67.816 0
Dominguez Thomas, Alexandra GUA Beijing A 66.711 17 66.184 13 67.368 10 70.132 10 66.974 15 67.474 0
Mortimer, Esther GUA Adajio 67.105 15 65.132 16 64.211 21 68.289 13 66.711 17 66.289 0
Yarur, Virginia CHI Finn 67.368 14 64.079 19 65.263 16 65.658 17 68.158 11 66.105 0
Bernal, Marco COL Farewell IV 66.974 16 68.816 11 65.132 17 64.737 21 64.474 22 66.026 0
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne DOM Debussy 64.342 21 64.211 18 64.737 18 66.579 15 67.895 12 65.553 0
Aponte, Maria COL Pretty Woman 64.605 19 63.553 21 65.658 15 66.447 16 64.474 22 64.947 0
Fyffe, Nicholas AUS Banzai LS 63.947 22 64.342 17 64.605 19 65.263 19 66.184 19 64.868 0
Muro, Irina VEN Don Royal 63.684 23 62.632 22 64.474 20 65.395 18 66.711 17 64.579 0
Bernal Jr., Marco COL Zalvador 65.526 18 63.947 20 62.632 23 64.342 22 64.605 21 64.211 0
Aragao, Pia BRA Baldor Interagro 64.605 19 62.632 22 63.158 22 63.289 25 65.000 20 63.737 0
Davis, Karin AUS Morris 62.368 25 58.947 24 62.368 24 65.132 20 63.684 24 62.500 0
Schorpp, Andrea GUA Messina 63.553 24 58.684 26 62.237 25 64.079 23 62.632 25 62.237 0
Gentry, Kim AUS Leonardo 56.316 26 58.816 25 61.579 26 60.000 26 61.053 26 59.553 0
Ferrando, Patricia VEN Alpha’s Why Not 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0
Moleiro De Muro, Irina VEN Von Primaire 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0