USA Led by Laura Graves & Verdades Take Lead in Rotterdam Nations Cup After Grand Prix

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Laura Graves on Verdades giving the thumbs up after their Grand Prix ride in the CDIO5* Nations Cup in Rotterdam. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 22, 2017–The United States was led by Laura Graves and Verdades as the top individual pair in the Grand Prix to the lead in the CDIO5* Nations Cup Thursday with a powerful Dutch team at home standing second.

Top performances by Americans Laura and Verdades on 79.460 per cent, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir with a personal best 74.580 per cent and third individually and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet at 71.560 per cent overcame the elimination of Dawn White-O’Connor on Legolas in the first European competition for the pair.

With seven countries competing in the fourth of seven Nations Cups this year and the United States as the defending champion from the inaugural 2016 series, results of the Grand Prix were: 1. USA 225.560; 2. Netherlands 222.080; 3. Sweden 206.760; 4. Germany 206.300; 5. Great Britain 205.340; 6. Belgium 202.640; 7. France 197.300.

Laura Graves and Verdades on the final centerline of the Nations Cup Grand Prix at Rotterdam to fnish as the top individual and lead the USA to the top of the standings. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The position of the Americans drew high praise from Lauren van Lierens, director of dressage at this event, the premier equestrian competition in the Netherlands who described the U.S. team as one of “shooting stars.”

Occasional high winds caused some minor issues–Germany’s Anabel Bakenhol on Dablino stopped partway through her ride when an entire long side of the arena blew over and Glock’s Johnson TN ridden by Hans Peter Minderhoud had a sneezing fit during their performance.

Madeleine Witte Vrees and Cennin that competed in the World Cup Final in Omaha three months ago, was the highest placed Dutch combination placing second individually in the Nations Cup. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Madeleine Witte Vrees on Cennin, her Omaha World Cup Final mount, was the highest placed Dutch pair on 75.660 per cent. Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Johnson TN placed fifth on 73.400 per cent with Edward Gal on Glock’s Voice sixth on 73.020 per cent.

Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida, No. 4 in the world and a member of the U.S. Olympic bronze medal team at last year’s Rio Olympics on her 15-year-old KWPN gelding, said it was “very exciting” riding as the anchor of the American team.

“It was so fantastic,” she said. “Now he’s 15 and Robert (Dover, U.S. chef d’equipe) says he wants to freeze dry him. We really want to hold on to him for next year. We’ll show him very sparingly. He is such a solid citizen and never ever lets me down.”

Olivia made what she described as a “last-minute” change in training when she believed that both her and Lonoir, her 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding in their first Big Tour event in Europe, were “at a place where we were ready to up it.”

Both Robert Dover and Debbie McDonald with whom she trained during the winter in Florida, agreed to her request to work with a trainer she had stabled with in Germany.

It proved, she said, “to be a really, really good thing.”

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir in the CDIO5* Nations Cup where the pair finished third individually with a personal best Big Tour result. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The result in the Nations Cup that was a personal best Grand Prix score made her “super happy, over the moon happy. I couldn’t be happier, to do it in a team setting so you’re doing it not only for yourself.”

Both Laura and Olivia said the elimination of Dawn and Legolas did not alter their approach.

“It was a bit of a surprise,” Laura said. “We all watched the horse warm up. I don’t think anyone of us saw it coming. It was a moment in time for the particular movement. The welfare of the horse is always our top priority.

“To me it doesn’t matter whether we have three horses or six horses, I’m not going to ride any differently. My heart just went out for Dawn; an incredibly difficult situation for anyone.”

Olivia of Haymarket, Virginia was the first American to ride after Dawn. But she had already planned the ride she was hoping to perform so when she rode into the arena she was “100 per cent focused on my horse and doing the best we can.”

Results:

Individual CDIO5* Grand Prix

RANK HNR COMPETITOR NAT. E H C M B TOTAL
1. 243 VERDADES GRAVES Laura USA 80.400 % 81.200 % 80.100 % 76.400 % 79.200 % 79.460 %
2200 EUR
KWPN / GD / 2002 / Florett As / Laura Graves & Curt Maes (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.) (1.)
2. 235 CENNIN WITTE-VREES Madeleine NED 76.900 % 74.100 % 75.000 % 75.100 % 77.200 % 75.660 %
1700 EUR
KWPN / ST / 2007 / Vivaldi / N.F. Witte & J.E.J. Cuppen (2.) (4.) (3.) (2.) (2.)
3. 245 LONOIR LAGOY-WELTZ Olivia USA 75.000 % 74.100 % 73.600 % 74.000 % 76.200 % 74.580 %
1300 EUR
DWB / GD / 2004 / De Noir / Olivia Lagoy-Weltz (4.) (4.) (5.) (3.) (3.)
4. 239 DANTE WELTINO OLD NILSHAGEN Therese SWE 76.200 % 72.300 % 75.100 % 71.400 % 74.100 % 73.820 %
800 EUR
OLDBG / ST / 2007 / Danone / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilshagen (3.) (9.) (2.) (7.) (5.)
5. 229 GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN N.O.P. MINDERHOUD Hans Peter NED 73.400 % 77.400 % 74.100 % 70.100 % 72.000 % 73.400 %
500 EUR
KWPN / ST / 2002 / Jazz / Glock Holding BV & Team Nijhof (7.) (2.) (4.) (10.) (7.)
6. 222 GLOCK’S VOICE GAL Edward NED 73.300 % 73.200 % 71.600 % 72.800 % 74.200 % 73.020 %
100 EUR
KWPN / ST / 2002 / De Niro / Glock HPC Holding (8.) (6.) (8.) (4.) (4.)
7. 231 FOUR SEASONS 19 VAN SILFHOUT Diederik NED 74.200 % 72.400 % 71.900 % 70.400 % 72.700 % 72.320 %
100 EUR
WESTF / GD / 2004 / Frst Piccolo / S.D.O. Dressage & J.v.Silfhout & A.C. v. Silfhout (5.) (8.) (7.) (9.) (6.)
8. 212 RUBIN AL ASAD BUTLER Lara GBR 73.700 % 72.200 % 70.900 % 70.600 % 70.600 % 71.600 %
100 EUR
HANN / GD / 2002 / Rubin-Royal / Dr W & Mrs U Bechtolsheimer (6.) (10.) (10.) (8.) (10.)
9. 247 GOERKLINTGAARDS DUBLET PERRY-GLASS Kasey USA 72.200 % 71.800 % 71.300 % 72.300 % 70.200 % 71.560 %
100 EUR
DWB / GD / 2003 / Diamond Hit / Diane Perry (9.) (11.) (9.) (5.) (11.)
10. 204 TIAMO VERWIMP Jorinde BEL 71.100 % 71.700 % 72.300 % 72.100 % 69.900 % 71.420 %
100 EUR
KWPN / GD / 2000 / Lester / Dresuurstal Verwimp (10.) (12.) (6.) (6.) (12.)

Total: 7,000.00 EUR

Other, non-placed competitors

11. 216 DABLINO FRH BALKENHOL Anabel GER 69.400 % 72.900 % 69.300 % 69.700 % 71.000 % 70.460 %
HANN / GD / 2000 / De Niro / Balkenhol, Klaus & Judith, Judith Balkenhol (12.) (7.) (12.) (11.) (9.)
12. 238 ZUIDENWIND 1187 MATHISEN Rose SWE 69.000 % 69.900 % 70.500 % 68.300 % 71.800 % 69.900 %
KWPN / ST / 2004 / OO Seven / Gr„nsbo Stuteri & VDL Stud (15.) (16.) (11.) (17.) (8.)
13. 210 BADINDA ALTENA VOLLA Pierre FRA 69.100 % 70.800 % 67.900 % 68.400 % 69.100 % 69.060 %
KWPN / MA / 2006 / Tolando / Monsieur Pierre Volla (13.) (14.) (17.) (16.) (13.)
13. 219 REAL DANCER FRH GIESSELMANN Jan-Dirk GER 69.500 % 71.000 % 69.300 % 67.800 % 67.700 % 69.060 %
HANN / GD / 2004 / Rubin Royal / Heinrich Gieáelmann (11.) (13.) (12.) (18.) (14.)
15. 241 BURIEL K.H. RAMEL Juliette SWE 68.600 % 74.600 % 67.700 % 65.200 % 67.300 % 68.680 %
KWPN / GD / 2006 / Osmium / La Pomme HB (17.) (3.) (18.) (22.) (18.)
16. 209 ULTRABLUE DE MASSA SERRE Arnaud FRA 69.100 % 70.600 % 68.800 % 66.100 % 67.700 % 68.460 %
/ GD / 2008 / Rubin Royal, Old / Mme Anne Sophie Bernard de la Gatinais (13.) (15.) (14.) (20.) (14.)
17. 237 JIMMIE CHOO SEQ HENDELIOWITZ Mads SWE 68.800 % 68.500 % 68.700 % 68.900 % 66.000 % 68.180 %
OLDBG / ST / 2004 / Sandro Hit / Segersta Equestrian (16.) (20.) (15.) (14.) (20.)
18. 202 FIL ROUGE ROOS Laurence BEL 67.700 % 69.100 % 68.000 % 65.200 % 67.400 % 67.480 %
BWP / UN / 2005 / Stedinger / Laurence Roos (19.) (17.) (16.) (22.) (17.)
19. 215 AMADEUS WATSON Daniel GBR 68.300 % 68.200 % 66.300 % 67.500 % 66.400 % 67.340 %
KWPN / GD / 2005 / Olivi / Mrs N Naylor (18.) (21.) (19.) (19.) (19.)
20. 218 FINE SPIRIT 3 BURFEIND Hartwig GER 65.800 % 68.700 % 64.200 % 69.500 % 65.700 % 66.780 %
HANN / MA / 2008 / / Ludowig, Gustav-Adolf von (21.) (18.) (21.) (12.) (21.)
21. 208 AFTER YOU HENRY Ludovic FRA 65.600 % 66.100 % 65.500 % 68.700 % 67.600 % 66.700 %
NL / GD / 2003 / Abanos / Henry Giorgia & Ludovic & Alexandre (23.) (22.) (20.) (15.) (16.)
22. 213 HARMONYS DON NOBLESSE PAPE Susan GBR 66.100 % 68.700 % 64.000 % 69.000 % 64.200 % 66.400 %
HANN / ST / 2007 / Dancier / Harmony Sporthorses & Pape, Susan (20.) (18.) (22.) (13.) (22.)
23. 201 BELLAGIO HANNES Jeroen BEL 61.500 % 65.400 % 63.900 % 65.700 % 62.200 % 63.740 %
BWP / GD / 2001 / Don Renoir / Haenen Lynne (25.) (23.) (23.) (21.) (23.)
24. 214 ROSALIE B TOMLINSON Laura GBR 65.700 % 64.300 % 60.900 % 61.700 % 60.100 % 62.540 %
WESTF / MA / 2006 / Rubin Royal / Dr & Mrs W B Bechtolscheimer (22.) (25.) (24.) (25.) (25.)
25. 207 AMORAK BRIEUSSEL Stéphanie FRA 62.000 % 65.000 % 59.700 % 63.000 % 61.000 % 62.140 %
KWPN / GD / 2005 / Special D / Mme Stephanie Brieussel Et M. Dominique Brieussel (24.) (24.) (25.) (24.) (24.)
248 LEGOLAS 92 WHITE-O’CONNOR Dawn USA EL
WESTF / GD / 2002 / Laomedon / Four Winds Farm LLC
CDIO5* Team after Grand Prix
RANK HNR COMPETITOR NATION TOTAL

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

1. 248 LEGOLAS 92 WHITE-O’CONNOR Dawn USA (EL)
WESTF / GD / 2002 / Laomedon / Four Winds Farm LLC
245 LONOIR LAGOY-WELTZ Olivia USA 74.580 %
DWB / GD / 2004 / De Noir / Olivia Lagoy-Weltz
247 GOERKLINTGAARDS DUBLET PERRY-GLASS Kasey USA 71.560 %
DWB / GD / 2003 / Diamond Hit / Diane Perry
243 VERDADES GRAVES Laura USA 79.460 %
KWPN / GD / 2002 / Florett As / Laura Graves & Curt Maes
Total 225.600 %

NETHERLANDS

2. 231 FOUR SEASONS 19 VAN SILFHOUT Diederik NED (72.320) %
WESTF / GD / 2004 / Frst Piccolo / S.D.O. Dressage & J.v.Silfhout & A.C. v. Silfhout
235 CENNIN WITTE-VREES Madeleine NED 75.660 %
KWPN / ST / 2007 / Vivaldi / N.F. Witte & J.E.J. Cuppen
222 GLOCK’S VOICE GAL Edward NED 73.020 %
KWPN / ST / 2002 / De Niro / Glock HPC Holding
229 GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN N.O.P. MINDERHOUD Hans Peter NED 73.400 %
KWPN / ST / 2002 / Jazz / Glock Holding BV & Team Nijhof
Total 222.080 %

SWEDEN

3. 237 JIMMIE CHOO SEQ HENDELIOWITZ Mads SWE 68.180 %
OLDBG / ST / 2004 / Sandro Hit / Segersta Equestrian
241 BURIEL K.H. RAMEL Juliette SWE 68.680 %
KWPN / GD / 2006 / Osmium / La Pomme HB
238 ZUIDENWIND 1187 MATHISEN Rose SWE 69.900 %
KWPN / ST / 2004 / OO Seven / Gr„nsbo Stuteri & VDL Stud
239 DANTE WELTINO OLD NILSHAGEN Therese SWE
OLDBG / ST / 2007 / Danone / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilshagen
Total 206.760 %

GERMANY

4. 218 FINE SPIRIT 3 BURFEIND Hartwig GER 66.780 %
HANN / MA / 2008 / / Ludowig, Gustav-Adolf von
219 REAL DANCER FRH GIESSELMANN Jan-Dirk GER 69.060 %
HANN / GD / 2004 / Rubin Royal / Heinrich Gieáelmann
216 DABLINO FRH BALKENHOL Anabel GER 70.460 %
HANN / GD / 2000 / De Niro / Balkenhol, Klaus & Judith, Judith Balkenhol
Total 206.300 %

GREAT BRITAIN

5. 215 AMADEUS WATSON Daniel GBR 67.340 %
KWPN / GD / 2005 / Olivi / Mrs N Naylor
213 HARMONYS DON NOBLESSE PAPE Susan GBR 66.400 %
HANN / ST / 2007 / Dancier / Harmony Sporthorses & Pape, Susan
214 ROSALIE B TOMLINSON Laura GBR (62.540) %
WESTF / MA / 2006 / Rubin Royal / Dr & Mrs W B Bechtolscheimer
212 RUBIN AL ASAD BUTLER Lara GBR 71.600 %
HANN / GD / 2002 / Rubin-Royal / Dr W & Mrs U Bechtolsheimer
Total 205.340 %

BELGIUM

6. 201 BELLAGIO HANNES Jeroen BEL 63.740 %
BWP / GD / 2001 / Don Renoir / Haenen Lynne
202 FIL ROUGE ROOS Laurence BEL 67.480 %
BWP / UN / 2005 / Stedinger / Laurence Roos
204 TIAMO VERWIMP Jorinde BEL 71.420 %
KWPN / GD / 2000 / Lester / Dresuurstal Verwimp
Total 202.640 %

FRANCE

7. 207 AMORAK BRIEUSSEL Stéphanie FRA 62.140 %
KWPN / GD / 2005 / Special D / Mme Stephanie Brieussel Et M. Dominique Brieussel
208 AFTER YOU HENRY Ludovic FRA 66.700 %
NL / GD / 2003 / Abanos / Henry Giorgia & Ludovic & Alexandre
209 ULTRABLUE DE MASSA SERRE Arnaud FRA 68.460 %
/ GD / 2008 / Rubin Royal, Old / Mme Anne Sophie Bernard de la Gatinais
210 BADINDA ALTENA VOLLA Pierre FRA
KWPN / MA / 2006 / Tolando / Monsieur Pierre Volla
Total 197.300 %