America’s Laura Graves & Verdades Win World Cup Grand Prix, Beating Reigning Champion Isabell Werth & Weihegold OLD

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Laura Graves on Verdades at the end of the American pair’s World Cup Grand Prix on a personal best score that was also a new American record in beating reigning champion Isabell Werth and Weihegold. © Ken Braddick/Dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

PARIS, April 13, 2018–Laura Graves of the United States rode Verdades to a personal best score to win the World Cup Grand Prix Friday, beating defending champion Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD. The Freestyle to decide the championship is scheduled for Saturday.

The score of 81.413 per cent for Laura and her 16-year-old gelding was the highest ever for an American in international competition, surpassing a mark of 81.383 per that was awarded Steffen Peters and Ravel in January 2012, three years after the pair won the World Cup, only the second American to do so.

Isabell and Weihegold, the No. 1 ranked combination in the world and looking to capture her fourth World Cup title, scored 78.261 per cent to be runner-up–only the second time since the 2016 Olympics where the pair won team gold, and both times by Laura and the 16-year-old KWPN gelding that Laura has trained from three years old to Grand Prix. The first time was in the Grand Prix Special at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany last July.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB placed third–as they have in two previous World Cups–with 75.668 per cent.

Maribel Alonso of Mexico, the judge at C and who has seen the pair compete several times, described the ride as “amazing” with power and confidence in the horse and Laura riding every step in an error-free ride that was her first final in Europe in the annual individual world championship. She competed at Las Vegas in 2015 and Omaha last year where she was runner-up to Isabell and Weihegold.

Laura received a mark of 10 from Maribel for the final halt, the only maximum award and for rider’s position and seat; correctness and effect of the aids (the only collective mark now given) the duo were given two 9.5s, four 9s and one 8.5.

Laura Graves and Verdades on the World Cup Grand Prix Final centerline heading to victory. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Laura, 30 years old and based in Geneva, Florida, an Orlando area community, said that Verdades has more to produce and she is planning for it to happen at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September that she hopes will contribute to a medal for the United States.

Asked how she felt going into Saturday’s freestyle against Isabell, Laura replied: “It feels very scary. It’s a little scary with such a fierce competitor because she will ride even harder tomorrow.”

Although qualifying in Wellington for the World Cup was all outdoors while in Europe all the competitions are indoors that presented a very different venue for Verdades, or “Diddy,” as she calls the horse she owns with her personal and business partner, Curt Maes, and a different set of experiences for herself.

However, with the Global Dressage Festival of seven CDIs in winter in Wellington, Florida just three hours from her home, the only reason for competing outside her home state is to qualify for championships and to ride against the best in the world.

“I like the situation,” she said, “because I want to be against tougher competition.”

She is still weighing her schedule after Paris, whether to go to Europe again before the World Games.

Isabell Werth shows in her face that Weihegold OLD and she did not do well enough to beat Laura Graves and Verdades in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The 48-year-old Isabell, the most successful equestrian in Olympic history, said of her loss to Laura: “We are in France so c’est la vie. It was not planned to have it like this. We will try tomorrow to make it as hard as possible for Laura. We’ll try all the risks I can and hope that Weihegold will be better focused than today.”

Asked why she chose Weihegold over Emilio that she also qualified, she quipped: “When I call home I’m sure Emilio will laugh and say, ‘it’s your fault.’ I hope tomorrow will show it was the right decision.”

See also:

World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Start List

Photo gallery (to come) 

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix

Judges–K: Francis Verbeek-NED E: Isabell Judet-FRA H: Susanne Baarup-DEN C: Maribel Alonso-MEX M: Janet Foy-USA B: Evi Eisenhardt-GER F: Irina Maknami-RUS

PLACE HNR COMPETITOR NAT. K E H C M B F TOTAL
1. 418 Verdades Laura Graves USA 83.587 % 82.717 % 80.870 % 83.043 % 79.239 % 79.130 % 81.304 % 81.413 %
(DETAILS)
7.000,00 EUR
bay / 16y. / G / KWPN / Florett As / Goya / 103CK84 / Laura Graves & Curt Maes (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.)
2. 410 Weihegold OLD Isabell Werth GER 80.652 % 75.000 % 78.696 % 79.348 % 76.630 % 78.587 % 78.913 % 78.261 %
(DETAILS)
5.500,00 EUR
black / 13y. / M / OLDBG / Don Schufro / Sandro Hit / 102ZI90 / Christine Arns-Krogmann (2.) (5.) (2.) (2.) (2.) (2.) (2.)
3. 409 Unee BB Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER 77.500 % 75.652 % 74.674 % 73.804 % 76.087 % 76.196 % 75.761 % 75.668 %
(DETAILS)
4.250,00 EUR
bay / 17y. / S / KWPN / Gribaldi / Dageraad / 102YN67 / Bürchler-Keller, Beatrice A. (3.) (3.) (6.) (7.) (3.) (3.) (6.)
4. 408 Sammy Davis Jr. Dorothee Schneider GER 75.761 % 74.565 % 75.217 % 76.196 % 73.261 % 75.978 % 76.196 % 75.311 %
(DETAILS)
3.250,00 EUR
black / 12y. / G / DSP / San Remo / Wenckstern / 105KW44 / Matthias Herbert (7.) (6.) (4.) (3.) (5.) (4.) (5.)
5. 415 Deja Patrik Kittel SWE 75.870 % 75.326 % 75.870 % 75.109 % 71.413 % 74.891 % 74.348 % 74.689 %
(DETAILS)
2.000,00 EUR
bay / 14y. / M / SWB / Silvano / Don Schufro / 102ZW84 / Marie Harward (6.) (4.) (3.) (4.) (8.) (5.) (8.)
6. 403 Blue Hors Zack Daniel Bachmann-Andersen DEN 72.391 % 72.065 % 74.130 % 73.261 % 74.891 % 74.348 % 77.826 % 74.130 %
(DETAILS)
1.500,00 EUR
bay / 14y. / S / KWPN / Rousseau / Jazz / 104KR71 / Blue Hors APS (10.) (9.) (8.) (9.) (4.) (6.) (3.)
7. 414 Mister X Inessa Merkulova RUS 76.087 % 72.283 % 74.565 % 74.565 % 72.609 % 72.391 % 76.304 % 74.115 %
(DETAILS)
1.000,00 EUR
bay / 14y. / G / TRAK / Egeus / 102YZ81 / Inessa Merkulova (4.) (8.) (7.) (6.) (7.) (8.) (4.)
8. 412 Cennin Madeleine Witte-Vrees NED 76.087 % 75.870 % 71.630 % 75.000 % 73.152 % 72.391 % 73.696 % 73.975 %
(DETAILS)
500,00 EUR
chest / 11y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Donnerhall / 104MY84 / N.F. Witte & J.E.J. Cuppen (4.) (2.) (9.) (5.) (6.) (8.) (9.)

Total: 25,000.00 EUR

Other, non-placed competitors

9. 411 Glock’s Zonik N.O.P. Edward Gal NED 74.783 % 72.826 % 75.217 % 73.478 % 70.870 % 73.478 % 75.652 % 73.758 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 10y. / S / DWB / Blue Hors Zack / Romanov / 104AW69 / GLOCK HPC Holding B.V. (8.) (7.) (4.) (8.) (9.) (7.) (7.)
10. 401 Söhnlein Brilliant MJ Belinda Weinbauer AUT 71.087 % 67.609 % 70.652 % 70.543 % 70.652 % 69.783 % 72.174 % 70.357 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 16y. / S / HANN / Shakespeare in Love / Rabino / AUT40448 / Marianne Jerich (11.) (16.) (10.) (11.) (10.) (11.) (10.)
11. 407 Rubins Nite Hayley Watson-Greaves GBR 73.152 % 68.587 % 70.543 % 69.130 % 69.348 % 68.696 % 69.348 % 69.829 %
(DETAILS)
black / 14y. / G / BHHS / Rubin-Royal / Limbo / 103RB72 / Hayley Watson – Greaves (9.) (14.) (12.) (15.) (11.) (13.) (15.)
12. 405 After You Ludovic Henry FRA 68.804 % 69.348 % 69.348 % 69.565 % 69.022 % 69.457 % 69.022 % 69.224 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 15y. / G / DSP / Abanos / Ragazzo / 103EV75 / Henry Giorgia & Ludovic & Alexandre (12.) (11.) (15.) (13.) (13.) (12.) (16.)
13. 404 Foco Loco W Yvonne Losos de Muniz DOM 68.152 % 68.696 % 70.109 % 67.826 % 67.826 % 71.848 % 69.783 % 69.177 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 13y. / G / BWP / V Sierappel / 104LC77 / North Holdings LTD Corp. (15.) (13.) (13.) (16.) (16.) (10.) (12.)
14. 419 Sir Donnerhall II OLD Morgan Barbancon Mestre ESP 68.370 % 69.130 % 68.478 % 70.870 % 68.478 % 67.935 % 70.435 % 69.099 %
(DETAILS)
dbay / 12y. / S / OLDBG / Sandro Hit / Donnerhall / 103RO36 / Henrik Nyreroed & Sabine Kloy (14.) (12.) (17.) (10.) (14.) (14.) (11.)
15. 402 Zodiak Hanna Karasiova BLR 67.609 % 70.000 % 70.652 % 67.065 % 68.152 % 67.174 % 68.696 % 68.478 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 10y. / G / Zidane Velvet / Arulis / 103YH04 / Sergey Drazhin (17.) (10.) (10.) (17.) (15.) (16.) (17.)
15. 420 Zippo Patrick van der Meer NED 68.043 % 67.826 % 69.348 % 69.457 % 67.283 % 67.826 % 69.565 % 68.478 %
(DETAILS)
chest / 14y. / G / KWPN / Rousseau / Haarlem / 103NA98 / Trainingsstal De Hoeve (16.) (15.) (15.) (14.) (17.) (15.) (13.)
17. 417 Danilo Shelly Francis USA 68.543 % 66.913 % 69.630 % 69.630 % 69.087 % 64.957 % 69.522 % 68.326 %
(DETAILS)
black / 14y. / G / HANN / De Niro / Andiamo / 103VS12 / Patricia A. Stempel (13.) (17.) (14.) (12.) (12.) (17.) (14.)
18. 413 Triviant Ellesse Tzinberg PHI 54.565 % 55.870 % 60.109 % 57.500 % 60.109 % 59.783 % 60.109 % 58.292 %
(DETAILS)
bay / 18y. / G / KWPN / Olivi / Saluut / GER41659 / Ellesse Tzinberg& Sennett Tzinberg (18.) (18.) (18.) (18.) (18.) (18.) (18.)