USA Dressage Team Horses Leave for Tryon for World Equestrian Games

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Verdades being led to the truck by Carly Muma, barn manager for Susan Dutta who is based at TyL farm in Wellington where Debbie McDonald centers her training operation. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Sept. 1, 2018–American dressage horses left for Tryon Saturday night just 11 days to the start of the World Equestrian Games that are the championships of eight international disciplines staged only once every four years.

Three combinations for The Dutta Corp. team plus the reserve have been training with Debbie McDonald, their personal coach, and United States team coach Robert Dover in Wellington since returning from European competitions a month ago.

The team of Laura Graves and Verdades, Adrienne Lyle and Salvino, Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet and reserve Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir, as well as Steffen Peters and Rosamunde traveling from his base in San Diego, California will stay at a private farm near the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the next few days until they can move into the show grounds ahead of two days of Grand Prix starting Sept. 12.

Laura and Verdades will be the highest ranked combination in the world at No. 3 entered for dressage with the Grand Prix Sept. 12-13 deciding the team medals with the Grand Prix Special Sept. 14 and Freestyle Sept. 16 determining individual and freestyle medals.

The first wave of more than 500 horses from Europe will begin arriving in the largest ever airlift of horses the next few days for the WEG, the second time the championships have been staged in the United States since the combined championships were first held in 1990. The American-based Dutta Corp. and Peden Bloodstock of Germany are responsible for transportation of a total of about 800 horses from throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia/New Zealand.

Kasey Perry-Glass, happy to be on her way with Dublet for Tryon ahead of the World Equestrian Games. Kasey and Dublet, on the 2016 Olympic bronze medal team with Laura Graves and Verdades, is based in Wellington and trains with Debbie McDonald. Verdades is in the background being led out of the TyL stables. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com