Laura Graves & Verdades Score 80% In Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix

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Laura Graves and Verdades after the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix for 80.080 per cent. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 9, 2017–Laura Graves and Verdades of the United States scored 80.080 per cent to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Grand Prix Thursday, only the second American combination to break 80 per cent and the 15th rider in the history of the sport.

Laura and her 15-year-old KWPN gelding are ranked No. 5 in the world and 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist. It was also their third straight win in three starts this year, all at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex that hosts the Global circuit of seven CDIs.

Laura Graves and Verdades on the final centerline of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix where the American combination scored more than 80%. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Steffen Peters, who was Laura’s team mate at the Rio Games, and is the only other American 80 per cent rider on the now retired Ravel, rode Rosamunde to second place on 73.820 per cent.

Sweden’s seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and in her sixth year on the Florida winter circuit was third on Paridon Magi on 73.700 per cent.

The Grand Prix drew an unusually large crowd of more than 2,00 spectators in weather that saw temperatures more like summer than winter in sub-tropical south Florida. Even with no pre-competition hype, the anticipation of seeing three of America’s Olympic team riders as well as the popular Tinne of Sweden perform at the same event created excitement unusual at dressage events anywhere in the world outside of the Freestyle.

During the rides of the final group of pairings, all Olympic riders of Laura on Verdades, Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, Tinne on Paridon Magi and Steffen on Rosamunde the crowd was hushed until the final salute when they burst into sustained and enthusiastic applause.

The panel of five judges were unanimous in awarding Laura and Verdades first place. The scores ranged from a high of 81.600 per cent from Stephen Clarke of Great Britain, with Gary Rockwell of the United States at 81.000 per cent, two judges at 79.300 per cent and one at 79.200 per cent.

Not so for the second placed Steffen Peters with Stephen Clarke awarding 77.300 per cent at the top but Swedish judge Annette Fransen Iacobaeus scoring the pair 70.500 per cent and seventh in her opinion while two other judges placed the duo second and the fifth ranking them third.

Verdades with an ecstatic Laura Graves after their 80% Grand Prix ride at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Verdades was bought from the Netherlands by Laura’s family seen only on a video.The pair migrated from the northeastern state of Vermont, snow and ice-bound in winter, to Florida in search of warm weather and success, that they have achieved with Olympic and Pan American Games medals, World Games and World Cup appearances and current United States champions. Now one of the members of the exclusive 80 per cent club. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“This is pretty monumental for us,” Laura said after the ride which elevated the pair to the elite of the sport after almost exactly three years at Big Tour.

“We’ve been working at 80 per cent in every test for a while now, probably since our first year at Grand Prix. Knowing what was possible with this horse and to be rewarded today while still feeling like I may have some improvements left still, it’s encouraging to have the judging panel be generous and my horse be so generous, and for us to have such a great show to come out and compete at.”

Steffen Peters and Rosamnunde in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Steffen, who twice logged 80 per cent at Grand Prix on Ravel,  said he told Laura immediately after her score was announced: “Now we have two 80 per cents. I love it. It shows where dressage is in the United States. It’s getting there and I love it.”

Tinne, one of the world’s most accomplished riders and widely admired for her support of other riders in dressage, said: “I must say, when Laura got her 80 per cent, I got goose bumps. It’s a cool thing to have. I was really happy, it was my best memory from today.”

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Paridon Magi in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands on Salinero was the first rider to reach 80 per cent in Grand Prix which the pair did in 2006. Others have been Edward Gal on both Totilas and Glock’s Undercover, Isabell Werth on both Bella Rose and Weihegold, Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Carl Hester on Uthopia, Laura Tomlinson on Mistral Hojris, Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados, Dorothee Schneider on Showtime, Matthias Alexander Rath on Totilas, Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill, Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival and Inessa Merkulova on Mister X and Steffen Peters and Ravel.

Laura Graves and Verdades now join the “80% Club,” created by dressage-news.com to honor the achievement and will present a browband specially created by Robin Brown of Sarasota, Florida to Laura during the CDI5* Friday Night Under the Lights Freestyle.

Steffen Peters riding Bailarino to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prix St. Georges for the nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding to remain undefeated in nine Small Tour starts. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Steffen Peters on Bailarino remained undefeated in winning the CDI3* Prix St. Georges on a score of 72.719 per cent in the first competition outside the West Coast for the nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Bailarino, owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm that also owns Rosamunde and Legolas, posted its  ninth win in nine starts since beginning CDI small tour competition a year ago.

Jane Cleveland of Wellington, Florida on Monique was second on 71.886 per cent and Adrienne Lyle of Sun Valley, Idaho on Horizon placed third on 70.482 per cent in only the second CDI for the 10-year-old Oldenburg mare.

Correction: Laura Graves becomes the 15th rider to achieve 80 per cent or greater at Grand Prix. An earlier version reported 14 riders.

Results:

CDI5* Grand Prix

E: Matthiesen – DEN H: Rockwell – USA C: Fransen Iacobaeus – SWE M: Clarke – GBR B: Whitham – CAN
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Graves, Laura USA Verdades 79.300 1 81.000 1 79.300 1 81.600 1 79.200 1 80.080 1
Peters, Steffen USA Rosamunde 73.700 2 73.000 3 70.500 7 77.300 2 74.600 2 73.820 2
Vilhelmson Silfven, Tinne SWE Paridon Magi 72.700 3 75.100 2 74.500 2 73.400 5 72.800 3 73.700 3
Wilcox, Lisa USA Galant 72.700 3 71.900 5 71.800 5 74.700 3 72.100 4 72.640 4
Perry-Glass, Kasey USA Goerklintgaards Dublet 70.900 5 72.500 4 73.300 3 73.600 4 71.900 5 72.440 5
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 69.900 8 69.700 9 71.600 6 72.800 6 69.700 7 70.740 6
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 70.100 6 71.400 7 71.900 4 70.700 7 69.000 8 70.620 7
Bateson Chandler, Katherine USA Alcazar 70.100 6 71.600 6 68.500 8 68.700 10 71.500 6 70.080 8
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 68.800 9 68.700 10 67.000 9 69.200 9 67.100 9 68.160 9
Ebeling, Jan USA FRH Rassolini 67.500 10 71.000 8 64.700 14 70.400 8 67.100 9 68.140 10
Brooks, Jacqueline CAN D Niro 66.800 11 68.400 12 66.300 10 67.300 12 65.200 12 66.800 11
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 66.600 12 67.700 14 64.800 13 66.200 15 64.800 14 66.020 12
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 65.900 14 68.700 11 64.300 16 66.800 14 63.100 15 65.760 13
Fraser-Beaulieu, Brittany CAN All In 66.100 13 64.900 17 64.700 14 67.400 11 65.300 11 65.680 14
Poag, Katie USA Zonnekoning 62.900 15 68.100 13 65.800 11 63.800 17 64.900 13 65.100 15
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmonys Fiorano 62.500 17 67.100 15 65.800 11 67.000 13 59.800 16 64.440 16
Matute Guimon, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 62.800 16 65.600 16 61.600 17 65.800 16 59.700 17 63.100 17

 

CDI3* Prix St. Georges \
H: Hess – GER C: Rockwell – USA B: Whitham – CAN
Rider Ctzn Horse H Rk. C Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Peters, Steffen USA Bailarino 71.184 3 72.632 1 74.342 1 72.719 1
Cleveland, Jane USA Monique 73.158 1 72.500 2 70.000 2 71.886 2
Lyle, Adrienne USA Horizon 71.184 3 70.263 3 70.000 2 70.482 3
Baumert, Jennifer USA Handsome 71.316 2 69.474 4 68.816 5 69.868 4
Klimke, Michael GER Lemonys Nicket 69.342 5 68.553 5 66.053 8 67.982 5
Marek, Anna USA Einstein JP 68.816 6 67.105 8 66.842 6 67.588 6
Hamilton, Susanne USA Lutz 66.053 10 67.105 8 69.342 4 67.500 7
Boylen, Christilot CAN Rockylane 67.500 7 68.421 7 66.184 7 67.368 8
Koschel, Christoph GER Ballentines 10 66.053 10 68.553 5 65.921 9 66.842 9
Taylor, Melissa USA Ansgar 66.184 9 65.921 13 65.658 10 65.921 10
Stumpf, Katharina AUT For My Love 65.526 12 66.579 12 65.132 11 65.746 11
de Haan, Yvonne NED Winter 67.105 8 67.105 8 62.632 13 65.614 12
Rhinelander, Jessica CAN Dimanche 62.763 14 67.105 8 64.342 12 64.737 13
Priest, Kathy USA Fredensdals Zig Zag 65.500 13 62.605 14 62.342 14 63.482 14