Laura Graves & Verdades In World Top 3 Longest Ever for Any American, Kasey Perry-Glass & Dublet Back Up to No. 5

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Laura Graves on Verdades at the World Cup Final in April, the last competition for the pair this year ahead of preparing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 3, 2019–Laura Graves and Verdades have been ranked in the top three in the world for 19 months as of the end of June, longer than any other American as long as records have been maintained while Olympic and World Equestrian Games team mates Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet moved back up one spot to No. 5.

Laura of Geneva, Florida and the KWPN gelding that has been her partner for the past 17 years, were ranked No. 3 in the world in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings at the end of June for the 15th straight month in the top three, including two months at No. 1 last year, the first time ever for an American. The pair were also in the top three for four months in 2017.

The previous longest top three standing was by Lisa Wilcox on the stallion Relevant for 17 months in 2002-2004, though standings at the time were by rider only. Ranking by rider/horse combination was started in 2006.

The 31-year-old Laura and Verdades led the U.S. to team bronze at the 2016 Olympics, went on to win team and individual silver at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, were three times reserve World Cup champion as well as team gold and individual silver at the 2015 Pan American Games.

On the American Olympic and World Games teams was Kasey Perry-Glass that moved back up one place to No. 5, ahead of Isabell Werth and Emilio at No. 6.

Both American riders opted to give their horses a break after the intense Florida winter circuit culminating in the World Cup while they prepare for qualifying for the U.S. team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Isabell remained atop the standings with her Olympic team gold and three-time World Cup champion mount Weihegold OLD and in second place on Bella Rose that was her partner for team and individual gold at the Tryon championships.

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