Laura Graves & Verdades Post 2nd Straight 80% To Win Wellington World Cup Grand Prix

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Laura Graves and Verdades in their second straight 80 per cent Grand Prix victory, winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, FEB. 23, 2017–Laura Graves and and her Olympic bronze medal partner Verdades posted their second straight 80 per cent at Grand Prix to win the Adequan Global Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Thursday.

Laura and the 15-year-old KWPN gelding ranked No. 5 in the world scored 80.240 per cent just two weeks after her initial 80 per cent in the CDI5* Grand Prix two weeks ago.

“It’s nice to know that what happened at the (CDI)5* was not a one-hit wonder,” said Laura of Geneva, Florida after the ride.

Olympic team mates Steffen Peters placed second on Rosamunde with 74.820 per cent and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet third with 73.200 per cent. Twenty-nine combinations from eight nations started in the Grand Prix.

Scores from the Freestyle under lights Friday night will count toward qualifying for the World Cup Final in Omaha Mar. 27-April 2. Both Laura and Steffen have one of two scores required that are also the highest in the North American League that is allocated two starting spots.

‘It feels so much more secure,” Laura said. “It’s really exiting. His rideability was super. He doesn’t ever say no; he tried his best.”

Steffen Peters on Rosamunde in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Steffen Peters, of San Diego, California who is the only other American among the 14 riders in the history of dressage to achieve 80 per cent at Grand Prix which he did on Ravel, described the ride on the 10-year-old Rhinelander mare as “so much better than two weeks ago” in the CDI5*.

“She definitely still had a little more energy than I wanted,” he said. “She was so much fun to ride. It’s a huge step ahead. I thought for sure the atmosphere in this arena would help and it certainly has.”

He joked that the tattoos were working, a reference to the four Olympic team bronze medal riders–Allison Brock is not competing this week–that got tattoos of the Olympic rings.

Steffen described Rosamunde, the horse that is a successor to Ravel that he rode at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and Legolas in Rio in 2014 as a “firecracker.”

Kasey Perry-Glass based in Wellington, Florida said that Dublet, the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding she rode in Rio, was more relaxed in only her second competition since the Olympics.

Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The feel in the warmup was so soft and so fluid and we too it into the ring,” she said, “I’m so happy with that even with a couple of rider errors.”

Kasey said that Dublet is changing and is going to change a lot more as she works to improve relaxation in the ring.

Laura Graves giving Verdades a hug after hearing her score in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

After being told she was the second rider to achieve 80 per cent on the same day after German superstar Isabell Werth did so on Emilio in the Gothenburg, Sweden World Cup and what this could mean at the Omaha Final, Laura retorted:

“I’m waiting.”

Steffen Peters laughed and added, “Bring it on.”

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix

E: Wessels – GBR H: Holler – GER C: Max-Theurer – AUT M: Weatherwax – USA B: Wuest – GER
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Graves, Laura USA Verdades 79.400 1 79.800 1 83.700 1 82.400 1 75.900 1 80.240 1
Peters, Steffen USA Rosamunde 75.600 3 76.000 2 75.700 2 74.600 2 72.200 5 74.820 2
Perry-Glass, Kasey USA Goerklintgaards Dublet 76.300 2 71.200 8 72.900 3 71.700 6 73.900 2 73.200 3
Vilhelmson Silfven, Tinne SWE Paridon Magi 72.900 5 74.300 3 72.500 5 72.900 3 73.300 3 73.180 4
White-Oconnor, Dawn USA Legolas 92 75.300 4 71.400 6 71.200 6 72.100 5 72.800 4 72.560 5
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastels Nintendo 70.200 6 72.500 5 72.800 4 71.000 7 70.200 7 71.340 6
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 69.200 8 72.800 4 70.700 7 72.500 4 69.600 10 70.960 7
Ebeling, Jan USA FRH Rassolini 67.900 12 71.300 7 67.200 12 69.000 10 70.200 7 69.120 8
Boylen, Christilot CAN Drentano 68.200 10 67.100 18 69.100 8 69.600 9 70.100 9 68.820 9
Page, Arlene USA Dr. House 2 69.900 7 69.700 10 66.300 15 66.500 15 70.400 6 68.560 10
Poag, Katie USA Zonnekoning 68.400 9 70.100 9 66.500 13 68.500 11 67.000 13 68.100 11
Rizvi, P.J. USA Breaking Dawn 65.100 15 68.700 14 64.500 19 70.300 8 68.600 12 67.440 12
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 65.700 14 68.800 12 67.600 11 65.900 18 69.200 11 67.440 13
Vilhelmson Silfven, Tinne SWE Benetton Dream FRH 1301 64.400 21 68.800 12 67.800 10 67.700 12 67.000 13 67.140 14
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmony’s Fiorano 68.000 11 68.500 15 65.900 16 67.400 13 65.100 21 66.980 15
Brooks, Jacqueline CAN D Niro 64.000 22 69.500 11 65.900 16 67.400 14 66.100 15 66.580 16
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 64.700 18 66.700 19 65.700 18 66.300 16 65.600 19 65.800 17
Kane, Devon USA Sir Galanto 66.600 13 66.000 20 65.500 19 66.100 17 64.600 22 65.760 18
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastels Akeem Foldager 63.200 24 67.200 17 68.100 9 64.800 23 65.300 20 65.720 19
Kane, Devon USA Destiny 64.500 20 68.500 15 62.900 24 65.800 19 66.000 16 65.540 20
Klimke, Michael GER Djamba Djokiba 64.800 17 65.200 22 66.400 14 64.000 24 65.800 18 65.240 21
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P 64.900 16 65.500 21 63.700 21 65.200 21 66.000 16 65.060 22
Batchelder, Nora USA Bahai 64.600 19 64.200 26 62.500 25 65.200 21 63.800 23 64.060 23
Irving, Jill CAN Arthur 64.000 22 62.600 27 63.200 22 64.000 24 62.700 25 63.300 24
Tzinberg, Ellesse PHI Triviant 2 62.500 25 64.600 25 63.100 23 59.400 28 63.000 24 62.520 25
White-Oconnor, Dawn USA Aristo 62.100 26 64.700 23 60.500 28 63.900 27 61.000 26 62.440 26
Priest, Kathy USA Wild Dancer 60.100 27 64.700 24 61.400 27 65.400 20 59.300 28 62.180 27
Lipp, Karen USA Whitney 59.500 28 60.500 28 61.600 26 64.000 24 60.300 27 61.180 28
Smith, Nichole USA Ebikur 55.100 29 60.400 29 57.000 29 57.100 29 53.600 29 56.640 29