Watch: U.S. Dressage Stars Laura Graves and Verdades Open 2019 Global Dressage Festival with Victory

Credit : SusanStickle.com

Friday 11 January - 14h50 | Edited press release

Watch: U.S. Dressage Stars Laura Graves and Verdades Open 2019 Global Dressage Festival with Victory

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival started with its first day of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), in Wellington, FL, on Thursday with a win for Laura Graves and Verdades in the FEI Grand Prix CDIW. The first week at AGDF, the Lloyd Landkamer Memorial, features CDI-W competition from January 10–12. Follow the link below to watch their winning ride. 

 - Watch: U.S. Dressage Stars Laura Graves and Verdades Open 2019 Global Dressage Festival with Victory

Credit : SusanStickle.com

Graves won the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W with a score of 80.065%. She rode her own mount, Verdades, a 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS. Graves said that her ride was “a good way to put the first show into perspective after we haven’t been out since the [World Equestrian Games] was called off before the freestyle, so it's been quite a bit since we’ve been in the arena. It always feels like, ‘Okay, we still know what we’re doing.’” She remarked, “He obviously still has a ton of gas in the tank. I’m really, really excited with how today went.”

Her favorite part of her ride today was that Verdades “saved [her] today in the zig zag.” She continued, “I poked him on five and he said, ‘Mom, you gotta wait for 6.’ And so I was just really lucky that he saved me there and it’s nice to know that you can count on a horse like that.” The pair's ride can be watched here. 

Week one of AGDF includes the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W on Friday, January 11, at 7 p.m. Looking forward to Friday, Graves noted that it’s “a whole different ball game.”

“He gets even more electric here than he does at any other huge venue in the world,” said the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon (WEG) silver medalist. “We want to see more relaxation in his free walk because we lose some points there when he has such a good walk in the school. And again, just tidying things up so my transitions are on time so I can really feel safe to push.”
 
Graves and Verdades will be debuting their new freestyle created for WEG on Friday evening. Link to video. 

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