USA, Philippine Horses Heading to Paris World Cup Finals of Dressage & Jumping

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Laura Graves and Verdades beginning the trip to Paris for the World Cup Final next week. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, April 5, 2018–American and Philippine horses were heading to Paris Thursday for the World Cup Finals, including the 2017 dressage reserve champion and the defending jumper title holder.

Verdades, with rider Laura Graves as his traveling companion, as usual, is one of the two American combinations in the lineup of 18 horses and riders for the 33rd annual championship on the flights organized by the Dutta Corp., a sponsor of the United States team.

Laura and the 16-year-old KWPN gelding were reserve champions to Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD at Omaha in April 2017 then four months later beat the world No. 1 combination at Aachen, Germany, the only pair to do so since the Rio Olympic Games.

Laura Graves and Verdades leaving Elizabeth Juliano’s Havensafe Farm in Wellington where the pair are based during the winter-long Global Dressage Festival. The weather in Paris is unlikely to be warm enough for Laura to be in shirt sleeves. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

HH Azur being led from the farm of McLain Ward with his wife, Lauren and daughter, Lilly, saying goodbye. The 2017 World Cup victory by McLain and Azur was hugely popular in the United States. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Triviant being buckled in for the start of the journey to Paris where Ellesse Jordan Tzinberg will ride in the Final as the first Philippine athlete in the history of the dressage World Cuo. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com