USA’s Kasey Perry-Glass & Dublet Set New High Score to Beat Laura Graves & Verdades to Win Wellington World Cup Grand Prix

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Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet, bathed in late afternoon sunlight, on their way to winning the Wellington World Cup Grand Prix on a personal best score. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 24, 2019–Kasey Perry-Glass rode Dublet to a new high score to win the World Cup Grand Prix Thursday to beat Olympic and World Equestrian Games team mate Laura Graves on Verdades for the first time in almost three years.

In the first competition since the World Equestrian Games team silver medal performance in September, Kasey and the 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding scored 77.913 per cent for the win and surpassed their previous best of 77.440 per cent set at Compiègne, France in May 2016. That was also the only other time the pair beat Laura and Verdades until Thursday.

Laura and Verdades, the No. 2 combination in the world, placed second on 77.087 per cent, a rare loss at Wellington’s Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium complex. The pair won all six starts in both 2017 and 2018, won eight times out of 12 starts in 2016 and six of seven starts in 2015.

Laura Graves and Verdades in the World Cup Grand Prix at Wellington. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Adrienne Lyle on Salvino, the third member of the Tryon WEG team, were third on 74.717 per cent in what was also their first show since the world championships.

Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper, the fourth member of the USA Tryon team, was the only combination not competing here as the pair are scheduled to show in Temecula, California this weekend.

Kasey, at 31 years of age the youngest of the WEG team riders, went back to her Orangevale, California home base for two months before returning to Wellington for the winter circuit and to pursue a start at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in April. North America gets two starting places in the annual world championship decided by the Freestyle.

She has been competing Dublet (Diamond Hit x Ferro) internationally since 2013, first at Small Tour and then beginning Grand Prix three years ago.

Dublet gets aquatred three times a week and when not in full work is turned out all day.

“I’m just trying to keep his mind healthy,” Kasey said, “sometimes it feels like he’s a little bit on the lazy side, but as long as he’s happy and he gets in that arena and he sparks up completely and he loves his job. He’s a very special horse.”

Kasey was not surprised at the result “because I know that this horse has a lot of potential, but coming out for your first show you always want to do good and start where you left off last year. I felt like that test was better than I’ve ever felt him. The rideability was there, his mental game was there, it just showed that he’s ready for this year.”

Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

This year for the duo includes the World Cup and then another European summer tour peaking in the Nations Cup at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany.

Based on the World Games results, the United States has already qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix
Judges:
Judges Jane Weatherwax Juan Carlos Campos Escribano Evi Eisenhardt Michael Osinski Kurt Christensen
Pl. Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 77.913 USA Kasey Perry-Glass Goerklintgaards Dublet – 512 77.609 79.783 76.304 78.587 77.283 78.665 (1)
2. 77.087 USA Laura Graves Verdades – 558 79.022 75.000 77.935 77.935 75.543 76.882 (2)
3. 74.717 USA Adrienne Lyle Salvino – 509 76.522 74.022 74.348 76.087 72.609 73.500 (5)
4. 73.826 SWE Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén Don Auriello – 568 73.043 73.043 73.261 76.413 73.370 73.681 (4)
5. 73.522 USA Shelly Francis Danilo – 526 74.457 73.043 73.152 73.152 73.804 73.993 (3)
6. 69.413 CAN Jill Irving Degas 12 – 556 68.587 69.130 71.196 68.696 69.457 69.250 (6)
7. 68.587 DOM Yvonne Losos De Muniz Foco Loco W – 532 69.022 68.913 69.783 68.370 66.848 69.250 (6)
8. 66.870 USA Jessica Kozel Denzello – 524 67.717 66.957 67.174 66.413 66.087 67.850 (8)
9. 65.043 USA Jacqueline MacDonald Cuddy Malcarat – 506 67.826 66.630 61.087 65.326 64.348 66.750 (9)
10. 60.783 CAN Ariana Chia Teo – 516 57.717 61.630 59.348 62.065 63.152 64.250 (10)