Riders List For This Month's World Cup Dressage Final

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Friday 17 March - 14h51 | Edited press release

Riders List For This Month's World Cup Dressage Final

A stellar lineup of the world's elite dressage riders and horses have qualified for and indicated their intention to compete in the 2017 FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Omaha, Nebraska at the end of the month. For the full list, zoom on the chart at right. 

 - Riders List For This Month's World Cup Dressage Final

An impressive field of 18 of the world's top dressage athletes, including Olympic, World Cup, European and World Champions, will vie for the championship title when the Final is held concurrently with the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final Omaha 2017 at the CenturyLink Center, March 29 - April 2. 

There are four World Cup Leagues in dressage: the North American League (NAL), the Western European League (WEL), the Central European League (CEL), and the Pacific League (Australia and New Zealand) (PAL). With just 18 horse/rider combinations qualifying for the Finals, spectators are guaranteed to see the best the sport has to offer.
Those who have qualified and indicated their intention to compete in Omaha include:

Reigning World Cup Dressage Champion, Hans-Peter Minderhoud of The Netherlands, a two-time Olympian with a Team Silver medal. He will be defending his 2016 title with Glock's Flirt, a 16 year-old Swiss Warmblood gelding.

Top U.S. rider Laura Graves will be competing on her Olympic mount, Verdades. Graves's U.S. Olympic teammate Kasey Perry-Glass, ranked second in the NAL, will compete her Olympic horse Goerklintgaards Dublet. Joining Graves and Perry-Glass in the Final will be four-time U.S. Olympic veteran Steffen Peters and Rosamunde, their 2016 Bronze-medal Olympic teammate.

Two-time World Cup champion Isabell Werth of Germany, the most decorated dressage rider in Olympic history with a total of 10 medals, is seeking her third World Cup championship title in Omaha.

Currently ranked number one in the world, Werth also topped the Western European Leauge after winning qualifiers in Lyon, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Neumunster, and Gothenburg.  Werth will be riding either her 2016 Olympic mount, Weihegold OLD, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare, or Emilio 107, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding. 
Germany's Jessica von Bredow-Werndl will be competing on either Unee BB, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, or another top mount, Zaire-E, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.
Great Britain's Carl Hester, a five-time Olympian with Gold and Silver medals to his credit, will be competing Nip Tuck, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, the horse with whom he won a Team Silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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