“He normally ends up wanting his neighbor’s food!” Laura Graves on Flying With Verdades

Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass; Goerklintgaards Dublet (left) and Verdades (right)
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Thursday 30 March - 10h31 | Ian Clayton

“He normally ends up wanting his neighbor’s food!” Laura Graves on Flying With Verdades

With World Cup Dressage competition starting today in Omaha, riders will want their horses to be relaxed and ready to go in the CenturyLink Center arena this afternoon. And of course the conditions of a cross-country voyage to get to such an event have an impact on the mental and physical state of a high-performance animal. 

 - “He normally ends up wanting his neighbor’s food!” Laura Graves on Flying With Verdades

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U.S. Dressage riders Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass, ranked 4th and 17th in the world respectively, are now in Nebraska with Verdades and Goerklintgaards Dublet after traveling on the same three-hour flight from Palm Beach International Airport on Monday.

The pair have their own routine for getting to equestrian events, including on this most recent charter flight, which was managed by The Dutta Corp.

“The more times you fly with your horse, the more accustomed they become [to it], and it makes me less stressed,” Graves, a member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. Dressage Team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, told US Equestrian.

Concerning Verdades, or ‘Diddy’ as he is known to his human entourage, Graves likes to be near the sensitive 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding and talk to him as much as possible during the voyage. 

“He can be really jumpy and extremely nervous, and he has no self-preservation,” she says. Graves adds that she always brings a lot of food, even though Verdades often prefers his neighbor’s menu items. For more, including Laura Graves’ tips on traveling with a horse, see here

For the full Longines FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI World Cup Dressage Finals schedule, see here

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