Laura Graves & Verdades Post Personal Best Grand Prix Score to Lead USA to Top of Nations Cup at Mid Stage – Video

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Laura Graves and Verdades posting a personal best Grand Prix score in the Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup. © iKen Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves and Verdades posting a personal best Grand Prix score in the Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup. © iKen Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 30, 2016–Laura Graves and Verdades posted a personal best Grand Prix score Wednesday to lead the United States to the top of the Nations standings halfway through the CDIO3* event at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

The score of 76.860 per cent for the World and Pan American Games combination that beat their previous best of 76.680 was the top award for the six teams from around the world in the first of a series of seven Nations Cups, the other six in Europe. Video of the ride by Laura on Verdades http://gdf.coth.com/article/watch-laura-graves-and-verdades-take-lead-on-first-day-of-the-stillpoint-farm-fei-nations-cup-cdio-3

The United States team of Laura and Verdades, Kasey Perry Glass and Dublet and Shelly Francis and Doktor had a commanding lead with 221.6 points over Canada on 208.1 in second–both all Big Tour teams. The competition was scheduled for the international arena but the threat of severe tropical thunderstorms led to it being moved into the Van Kampen covered arena.

Spain’s all-Small Tour squad slotted into third on 203.763 with Juan Matute, Jr. on Dhannie Ymas leading the team with a score of 71.868 per cent in the Prix St. Georges. Denmark was fourth, Costa Rica fifth and Australia sixth.

Each one of the Big Tour horses get a bonus of 1.5 per cent to their scores in both the Grand Prix and the Special.

Kasey Perry Glass and Dublet placed second individually in the Nations Cup Grand Prix to help give © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.comthe United States to a commanding lead.
Kasey Perry Glass and Dublet placed second individually in the Nations Cup Grand Prix to help give © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.comthe United States to a commanding lead.

The Grand Prix Special and the Intermediate 1 will be staged Thursday to decide the Nations Cup that is unique in the series as it is a mix of Big and Small Tour teams while all other events in the series are at Grand Prix level.

For Laura the personal best score despite a costly mistake in the walk was “disappointing” because she was riding for the team but if she had been riding only for herself she would have laughed it off.

She joked that an in earlier competition at Global this season where Verdades was tense and she had scored lower than expected it had been like riding “four different horses, like a circus rider with a leg on four different horses.”

But in the Grand Prix, she proved to herself her training was on the right track and sticking together with the growing number of riders at the top of U.S. dressage whose performances and camaraderie she lauded.

The Nations Cup and a companion CDI3* that gets underway Thursday close out the Global circuit of 12 weeks. Three CDIs in California, one in Tryon, North Carolina and another in the Houston, Texas area remain before a squad of about eight combinations is selected to go to Europe.

There, they will compete against each other for the four slots plus a reserve for the the American team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Verdades, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding that Laura has developed from a foal to 15th in the world rankings, is atop the U.S. Olympic standings with Steffen Peters on Rosamunde second and on Legolas in third with Kasey and Dublet cementing their fourth ranking with the 73.000 per cent they received Wednesday.

Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen on My Lady with 72.240 per cent broke up an American sweep of the top three individual places in the Grand Prix.

Shelly Francis on Doktor placed fourth individually on 71.740 per cent in the Nations Cup that should earn the pair a ticket to Europe.

Belinda Trussell on Anton, the top ranked pair seeking to fill one of the two starting places for Canada at Rio, placed fifth individually on 70.920 per cent as the top finisher for the team.

Belinda Trussell and Anton as the top finishing pair for Canada in the CDIO3* Nations Cup. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Belinda Trussell and Anton as the top finishing pair for Canada in the CDIO3* Nations Cup. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Allison Brock on Rosevelt whose recent performances have moved them up to fifth in the U.S. standings are scheduled to start in the CDI3* Thursday.

Results:

CDIO 3* Grand Prix
E: Jena – SWE H: Lang – AUT C: Clarke – GBR M: Fore – USA B: Hess – GER
Rider Nat. Horse E H C M B Total
Graves, Laura USA Verdades 76.200 76.000 77.600 79.200 75.300 76.860
Perry-Glass, Kasey USA Goerklintgaards Dublet 73.200 72.000 72.900 73.400 ] 73.500 73.000
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 70.300 72.400 72.200 76.700 69.600 72.240
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 70.400 71.300 72.600 72.200 72.200 71.740
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton 72.100 68.300 70.900 70.800 72.500 70.920
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 69.300 69.100 70.108 72.800 67.500 69.762
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri 67.100 68.500 68.500 71.300 68.700 68.820
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 67.200 67.800 68.900 69.200 68.700 68.360
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 69.000 66.000 67.100 68.800 67.700 67.720
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 66.300 66.200 67.900 66.200 65.800 66.480
Layne, Kelly AUS Von Primaire 66.400 67.000 65.900 66.600 66.200 66.420
Schwarz, Ilse AUS Cadenza 64.100 57.500 59.100 59.600 57.900 59.640
Montero, Manuel CHI Everybody Dance Now 57.700 59.500 58.300 58.900 60.400 58.960
Gentry, Kim AUS Leonardo 57.500 53.900 51.800 59.800 53.400 55.280
CDIO 3* Prix St Georges
E: Hess – GER H: Jena – SWE C: Lang – AUT M: Clarke – GBR B: Fore – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse E H C M B Total
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Dhannie Ymas 72.237 72.237 70.921 74.474 69.474 71.868
Corchuelo, Raul COL Beckham 69.474 68.289 68.684 72.368 68.158 69.395
Stumpf, Katharina AUT For My Love 66.184 66.711 67.237 69.474 67.895 67.500
Jimenez Cobo, Juan Antonio ESP Elevado 63.553 67.237 66.842 68.026 69.342 67.000
Egerstrom, Christer CRC Bello Oriente 66.684 65.763 65.105 69.184 65.895 66.526
Poulsen, Rikke DEN Pikk Elena HU 65.000 66.711 65.132 65.921 68.158 66.184
Ramirez, Alfonso ESP Legacys Cosmico 65.000 64.868 65.000 63.684 65.921 64.895
Egerstrom, Anne Marie CRC Amorino 64.474 66.316 62.237 65.263 65.658 64.789
Batalla, Michelle CRC Westergardens Vivi Light 62.105 65.142 62.237 63.816 64.868 63.634
Kirk Kristiansen, Signe DEN Roberto 60.658 64.737 66.316 62.500 60.921 63.026
Gomez Molina, Pablo ESP Lanzado De Ymas 61.053 64.474 63.289 62.237 62.368 62.684