America’s Olympic Team Riders Rewarded With Higher Scores in Europe Than at Home

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USA Olympic bronze medal team of Allison Brock, Laura Graves, Kasey Perry-Glass and Steffen Peters on the podium in Rio de Janeiro. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 13, 2017–America’s Olympic team riders again received higher scores in Europe than at home at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, according to a review of 2016 results by dressage-news.com ahead of grants being provided for this coming summer’s European circuit.

Laura Graves on Verdades, Steffen Peters on Legolas, Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet and Allison Brock on Rosevelt all were rewarded with higher average Grand Prix scores in Europe than at the Wellington winter season of seven CDIs.

The Olympic Grand Prix scores that helped earn the U.S. team bronze at Rio de Janeiro were higher for three of the four combinations than the average of Grand Prix results in Wellington.

Canada’s Belinda Trussell on Anton and Megan Lane on Caravella who rode in Rio as individuals had similar results to the U.S. team combinations.

The results for 2016 bear out the trend that became apparent with a major boost in U.S. participation in European competitions beginning in 2014.

The Global winter circuit of a CDI5*, CDI4*, four World Cup events and a CDIO3* Nations Cup as well as accompanying CDI3*s, Small Tour, a full slate of youth divisions and amateurs has also been marked by ground juries made up of some of the most experienced judges in the world.

The findings by dressage-news.com:

–Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida and Verdades–Average of five Grand Prix in Wellington: 75.348; average of three Grand Prix in Europe: 75.873. Olympic Grand Prix: 78.071 (5th).

–Steffen Peters of San Diego, California and Legolas–One Grand Prix in Wellington: 74.100; average of three Grand Prix in Europe: 76.701. Olympic Grand Prix: 77.614 (6th).

–Kasey Perry-Glass of Wellington and Dublet–Average of five Grand Prix in Wellington: 72.700; average of two Grand Prix in Europe: 76.010. Olympic Grand Prix: 75.229 (17th).

–Allison Brock of Wellington and Rosevelt–Average of four Grand Prix in Wellington: 72.715; average of two Grand Prix in Europe: 73.890. Olympic Grand Prix: 72.686 (25th).

For Canada’s two individual competitors with neither competing in Europe ahead of the Games:

–Belinda Trussell and Anton had an average in four Grand Prix in Wellington of 72.055. Olympic Grand Prix: 72,214 (28th).

Megan Lane and Caravella had an average in six Grand Prix in Wellington of 67.960. Olympic Grand Prix: 71.286 (32nd).

The only championship for senior riders in the Americas this year is the World Cup at which North America is allocated two spots that have been won by Laura Graves on Verdades on Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet with the possibility of a third place going to Steffen Peters on Rosamunde based on the world ranking of the pair.

The World Equestrian Games are scheduled for Tryon, North Carolina in September, 2018.