Laura Graves Among Equestrians Named US Olympic Committee Best of September Finalists for Team USA Awards
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Oct. 3, 2018–World Equestrian Games dressage team and individual silver medalist Laura Graves is among several equestrians announced by the United States Olympic Committee Wednesday as Best of September finalists for Team USA awards.
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Equestrians named by USOC as Best of September finalists for Team USA Awards presented by Dow are:
—Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida aboard Verdades, claiming WEG Grand Prix Special individual silver medal and team silver medal and becoming the first U.S. dressage combination to lead the FEI Dressage World Rankings;
—Rebecca Hart of Wellington, Florida who earned WEG paraequestrian individual bronze and freestyle silver, the first-ever WEG medals won by a Team USA para-equestrian individual rider.
—McLain Ward of Brewster, New York, who anchored the U.S. jumping team that won WEG gold in a jump-off on Clinta to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020;
—U.S. Jumping Team for winning WEG gold in a thrilling jump-off against Sweden, the first world title for the U.S. since 1986 that also secured a starting spot for the 2020 Olympics.