USA’s Olympic Team Mates Laura Graves & Verdades, Kasey Perry-Glass & Dublet Finish 1-2 In Wellington World Cup Freestyle

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Laura Graves on Verdades in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 24, 2017–Olympic bronze medal team mates Laura Graves on Verdades and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet finished one-two in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle Friday setting up a last-minute race for a start in the Omaha Final.

Laura Graves and the 15-year-old KWPN gelding ranked No. 5 in the world clinched their start in the Final with a score of 81.903 per cent added to a result of 82.000 per cent two weeks earlier for the required top two scores in the North American League.

Video of Laura and Verdades can be seen here.

Kasey Perry-Glass, now based in Wellington, rode Dublet in their first Freestyle in 11 months to place second 79.541 per cent but require a second score with only two qualifiers remaining–one in Wellington and the other in Burbank, California, both next week.

Video of Kasey and Dublet can be seen here..

Steffen Peters on Rosamunde placed third on 78.732 per cent that added to a World Cup score of 78.425 per cent in Las Vegas last month officially puts them in second place. He will show Rosamunde in Burbank.

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

Thomas Baur, the sports director of the Global circuit, said that by his calculations although the North American League is allocated only two places at the Final there was a chance of attaining a third spot through one of the two extra starting places.

That sets up Kasey in Wellington and Steffen of San Diego, California in Burbank contesting for the second and third places.

Kasey said that she and her coach, Debbie McDonald, who also works with Laura, had “worked tirelessly on relaxation” of Dublet because he gets nervous.

“He showed me tonight he has more in him and he loves his job,” she said. “Everything about the test was fun.”

Steffen Peters on Rosamunde in the World Cup Freestyle. © 20167 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Steffen said that his 10-year-old Rhinelander mare Rosamunde “did great, but she still had more energy than I was hoping for but it was controllable.”

He acknowledged that Kasey and Dublet were ahead on the score so far and if she and Laura go to the Final, “the bottom line is those two are extremely exciting World Cup candidates.”

Isobell Wessels of Great Britain, president of the ground jury of five judges, had high praise for a “really exciting competition to judge.”

“I was blown away by the energy, elasticity and scope of these three,” she said. “They are three good riders and amazing horses.”

She also singled out Argentina’s Maria Florencia Manfredi on Bandurria Kacero as performing an enjoyable freestyle in which the horse “had a smile on his face” and that could put the duo in contention for an extra start in Omaha

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
E: Wuest – GER H: Baarup – DEN C: Wessels – GBR M: Max-Theurer – AUT B: Umbach – LUX
Rider Ctzn   Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Graves, Laura USA Verdades 81.065 1 83.275 1 82.775 1 82.675 1 79.725 1 81.903 1
Perry-Glass, Kasey USA Goerklintgaards Dublet 79.640 2 81.495 2 79.390 3 80.225 2 76.955 2 79.541 2
Peters, Steffen USA Rosamunde 78.360 3 79.005 3 80.790 2 79.645 3 75.860 3 78.732 3
Vilhelmson Silfven, Tinne SWE Paridon Magi 76.560 4 78.380 4 79.065 4 75.065 5 75.520 4 76.918 4
White-Oconnor, Dawn USA Legolas 92 75.160 5 77.650 5 78.190 5 75.955 4 74.500 5 76.291 5
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastel’s Nintendo 73.100 8 74.370 6 74.780 7 73.890 8 73.230 6 73.874 6
Ebeling, Jan USA FRH Rassolini 73.780 7 73.200 7 75.215 6 74.600 6 72.100 7 73.779 7
Rizvi, P.J. USA Breaking Dawn 73.995 6 73.065 8 71.740 10 74.055 7 71.420 8 72.855 8
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 71.145 10 70.865 11 72.845 8 72.330 9 70.365 9 71.510 9
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 71.010 11 71.085 10 71.880 9 67.335 12 67.670 11 69.796 10
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P 71.305 9 68.305 12 68.055 12 67.990 10 67.150 13 68.561 11
Brooks, Jacqueline CAN D Niro 65.985 13 71.285 9 68.155 11 64.940 14 67.985 10 67.670 12
Kane, Devon USA Destiny 66.910 12 68.015 13 65.330 13 65.330 13 66.570 14 66.431 13
Tzinberg, Ellesse PHI Triviant 2 64.860 14 66.975 14 64.760 14 67.685 11 67.285 12 66.313 14