Rising American Partnership Kasey Perry-Glass & Dublet Score 74.5% in Only 3rd CDI Grand Prix, Wellington World Cup
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 24, 2016–The partnership of Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet performed a World Cup Grand Prix at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Wednesday that ranked with the top Americans in this Olympic year in only their third Big Tour show.
Kasey and the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding scored 74.500 per cent, with a mark of 77.500 per cent from German 5* judge Katrina Wüst who described the ride as “wonderful” and gave the pair a mark of nine out of 10 on their final passage.
The result in the first of two days of the Grand Prix competition could have been significantly higher as three of the other four judges gave scores of 76.800 per cent, 75.900 per cent and 73.200 per cent, but 3* judge Sunil Shivdas of India on his first panel in Wellington gave the pair 69.100 per cent.
The score for the 28-year-old Kasey who moved from California to Wellington to pursue her dressage competition career and is aiming for a place on America’s team at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro ranked with results this year from America’s top pairs–Laura Graves on Verdades with their best Grand Prix result of 76.440 per cent, Steffen Peters on Rosamunde with a best of 75.380 per cent and on Legolas 74.100 per cent.
Laura Tomlinson, Great Britain’s Olympic team gold and individual bronze medal rider, came close to matching her personal best score on Unique with 68.500 per cent, beginning her ride in heavy rain that had held off for most of the day.
Laura is competing for the second year on the Global circuit with Rosalie B and Unique.
Ashley Holzer rode Tiva Nana for 67.260 per cent and third place so far in her first competition since becoming an American citizen earlier this month though the four-time Olympian still rides for Canada. This was the first competition for Tiva Nana in almost 18 months as she was out of the show ring giving birth to a foal.
For Kasey the ride was “their best” even though Dublet was occasionally distracted because the weather was not the best as it started to rain during the test.
“We wanted to add more power,” she said, “but not so he felt insecure and I think he felt that.”
She works daily with Debbie McDonald, who was a major factor in Kasey moving to Wellington.
“I told Debbie in the warm up today,” she said, ‘ I’m going to go for it.’
“I’m so happy… I got the Debbie scream. I thought, ‘It must have been a good test.’
“It was clean and not as conservative–I pushed it a little bit more.
“I thought, ‘Well, that was good.’ Then I saw the score and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh!’
“There are places we can clean up a little bit but other than that I was very happy with him.”
She watched a short video clip of British Olympian Carl Hester before the ride and, Kasey recalled, “He said that to be at the top you have to go out of your comfort zone and go for the big scores. I kind of used that a little bit in my head. It worked.
“Thanks, Carl. Awesome!”