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LAS VEGAS, April 15, 2015–The Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final in dressage gets underway Thursday with the Grand Prix that will see reigning champion and world No. 1 Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro hot favorites in this gambling mecca to make it two in a row.
At a training warmup session in the Thomas & Mack Center for the 30th year of the annual individual global championship, Charlotte and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding who captured the title in Lyon, France a year ago brought cheers from the crowd of about 4,500 fans who filled about a third of the seats that will be filled for the Grand Prix and the Freestyle on Saturday.
Edward Gal of the Netherlands, a favorite here since his appearance the first time the dual Finals of dressage and jumping were staged in this same arena a decade ago, is expected to be challenged by America’s Laura Graves on Verdades who were struggling to make it to the U.S. championships when Charlotte and Valegro basked in victory in their first attempt at winning the World Cup.