USA Team for Rotterdam CDIO5* Nations Cup

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Dawn White O’Connor and Legolas. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

June 2, 2017

The Dutta Corp. United States team for the Rotterdam CDIO5* Nations Cup was named Friday and includes team rookie Dawn White O’Connor on Legolas and Olympic bronze medalists Laura Graves on Verdades and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir that competed on American teams at small tour in 2015 and Big Tour this year, both at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida are also on the team for the June 22-25 Nations Cup. It is the third in Europe this year in the trans-Atlantic series.

Dawn, whose only previous team competition was in the North American Junior Championships in 2006, took over the ride on Legolas after Steffen Peters rode the horse on the U.S. bronze medal team at the Rio Olympics last summer.

Dawn and the 15-year-old Westfalen gelding have started 10 times at CDIs on both the U.S. east and west coasts, logging three first places and three seconds.

Laura and Verdades, the top ranked American combination at No. 4 in the world, competed at the 2014 World Games in Normandy, the 2015 Pan American Games winning team gold and individual silver, taking team bronze at the 2016 Olympics and earning bronze at this year’s World Cup final in Omaha.

Kasey and Dublet were also on the Olympic bronze medal team, competed at the Omaha World Cup and last month captured the United States Grand Prix championship.

The team:

Laura Graves, 29 years old of Geneva, Florida and Verdades, 15-year-old KWPN gelding (Florett AS x Goya) owned by Laura Graves and Curt Maes.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, 33 years old of Haymarket, Virginia and her Lonoir, 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (De Noir x Loran).

Kasey Perry-White, 29 years old of Wellington, Florida and Dublet, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x Ferro) owned by Diane Perry.

Dawn White O’Connor, 27 years old of Cardiff, California and Legolas, 15-year-old Westfalen gelding (Laoedon x Florestan II) owned by Four Winds Farm.