“Branding” of USA DressageTeam Riders–Exclusive Photo

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USA dressage team riders Steffen Peters, Allison Brock, Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass displaying Olympic rings tatoos to mark winning the bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Feb. 22, 2017

United States dressage team riders Laura Graves, Kasey Perry-Glass, Allison Brock and Steffen Peters got matching Olympic rings tatoos as a permanent reminder of winning the bronze medal at last summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The four riders, all in Wellington, Florida for Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDIs, displayed the “still itchy” tatoos for an exclusive photo shoot with dressage-news.com.

The quartet whose friendship and team spirit is as evident six months after the Olympics as it was during the Games and preparation shows in Europe where it was noted by riders from other nations.

What do the tatoos mean to them?

Steffen Peters, of San Diego, California who rode Legolas: “It’s a whole lot more than just a tatoo. It’s team spirit and friendship.”

Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida who rode Verdades: “That’s for sure. But for me it’s also a special reminder every morning when I get dressed now I think about the special experience and these friends that I’ve made. It will be with me forever.”

Allison Brock, of Wellington who rode Rosevelt: “We had a pact that if we medaled we would go do this. To go through this process with the four of us together it’s incredible and to finish it out this way it’s something we will take with us for the rest of our lives. I’m very proud of what we did.”

Kasey Perry-Glass, of Wellington who rode Dublet: “It means everything, especially to do it with the team I’m with.”