Kasey Perry-Glass & Dublet Clinch World Cup Final Start With Wellington Freestyle Victory on Career High Score
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 4, 2017–Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet clinched a World Cup Final start by winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night with a career high score that was enough to join Olympic team mate Laura Graves and Verdades at Omaha.
The score of 80.805 per cent gave Kasey and the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding an average of 80.170 per cent for the two scores required to claim the second place allocated to the North American League.
The freestyle, choreographed by her good friend Adrienne Lyle with music from “Lord of the Rings” by Tom Hunt, who also produced the music for Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, Kasey said, “really nailed ” the accompaniment for Dublet.
Laura Graves said after the competition: “So excited for Kasey. It will be a ton of fun to get to travel to Omaha together if that remains the final ranking. Hopefully we can earn a start for a third American.
“Even though World Cup as in an individual event, we are still Team USA.”
Steffen Peters told dressage-news.com he will not compete Rosamunde in the World Cup event in Burbank, California next week as the last NAL competition to qualify for the final in Omaha Mar. 27-April 2.
But Steffen of San Diego, California is given a good chance of taking the 10-year-old mare to Omaha based on world rankings to fill an “extra starting place” and thus give the United States three of the 18 combinations set to start in the 32nd year of of the annual championship based on the Freestyle.
Immediately after Kasey’s ride, Steffen texted congratulations: “It was an awesome ride. I know Kasey and Dublet can duplicate this ride in a well deserved starting place in Omaha.”
Omaha will be the first World Cup for Kasey, who is 29 years old and based in Wellington, three months younger than Laura of Geneva, Florida.
Chase Hickok of Wellington on Sagacious HF was second on 75.620 per cent and Shelly Francis on Doktor third on 75.565 per cent.
Kasey began international competition on Dublet at small tour in her home state of California in 2013 but the following year had switched to the Wellington circuit that has become the center of top dressage shows in the Americas.
She was on the American squad of riders that went to Europe in 2015 in preparation for the Pan American Games.
The duo went again in 2016 and made it on to the team that won bronze at Rio de Janeiro, the first Olympic dressage medal for the United States since 2004.
Both Laura and Verdades, ranked No. 4 in the world, and Kasey and Dublet, standing 17th, train with Debbie McDonald, the first American ever to win the World Cup which she did on Brentina in 2003. Steffen Peters won the title on Ravel in 2009, only the second U.S. winner.
The World Cup Final being held in Omaha for the first time is shaping up to be one of the most competitive with Laura Graves and Verdades, her 15-year-old KWPN gelding, arriving after twice in the past month breaking the 80 per cent mark in the Grand Prix.
Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD, the world No. 1, finished at the top of Western European League and Great Britain’s Carl Hester on Nip Tuck, ranked fifth in the world, scheduled to compete, as well as defending champion Hans Peter Minderhoud of the Netherlands and Glock’s Flirt.