World Equestrian Games Dressage Order of Go Draw Groups

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Laura Graves on Verdades at the 2014 World Equestrian Games that was the first international championship for the American combination. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

TRYON, North Carolina, Sept. 5, 2018–The World Equestrian Games order of go draw groups includes the United States, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Spain that will be among the last to start in the two days of Grand Prix next week that will decide the team medals.

The order of teams within three groups of five countries was decided by the average ranking points of the team combinations as of Aug. 30. Riders prefer to start later, though at the .

With 15 teams, all with four riders and horses, entered for the Grand Prix that starts , the draw format provides for groups of five squads in each section of the draw. The five teams with the highest average ranking points will be the last to go.

The United States, for example, with its four combinations of Laura Graves/Verdades, Adrienne Lyle/Salvino, Kasey Perry-Glass/Dublet and Steffen Peters/Rosamunde ranked between No. 3 in the world and 25th has the highest average, according to unofficial calculations by dressage-news.com.

The five teams in the highest ranked group are the USA, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Spain.

Russia, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Great Britain are in the second group.

Portugal, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium and Brazil are in the third group.

The draw for the starting times will be held after the veterinary inspection next Tuesday.

Many riders say they prefer to start later, though at the 2014 Normandy WEG, Isabell Werth on Bella Rose started first on the second day of the Grand Prix, placed second individually behind Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro and led Germany to the gold medal.