Graves and Werth Winning Streaks Continue

Laura Graves and Verdades accept their latest prize
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Saturday 26 January - 15h00 | Lulu Kyriacou/Press releases

Graves and Werth Winning Streaks Continue

The two leading ladies of world dressage kept their FEI World Cup lead ups on track this weekend  by both winning big classes. Although on separate sides of the Atlantic, both Laura Graves and Isabell Werth  were in fine form  and the pair, who finished first and second in the 2018 Final, are leaving no one in any doubt who the main contenders are for 2019.

 - Graves and Werth Winning Streaks Continue

The European Champions look back to their best
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U.S. dressage stars and currently ranked number two in the world, Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades performed a beautiful test and earned a score of 84.935% to win the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by the U.S. P.R.E. Association on Friday, January 25, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL. Week three of AGDF will conclude on Sunday, January 27, and AGDF continues through March 31. 

“This freestyle was nice. This was the second time I’ve ridden to this music. I’m
definitely feeling a little more comfortable with it,” commented Graves, who has captured medals at the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games with Verdades, her 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS. “I’m glad to add another good score to qualifying [for the World Cup Finals]. In a normal year we’d be qualified by now, but we have one more show to do so we’ll be back at the end of February, I believe, to hopefully qualify.”
Judge at C Michael Osinski, pointed out - and it was confirmed - that for the first time in a dressage competition in the U.S., the top three earned above 80%. Osinski commented, “It just was an honor to watch all three of you, such elegant, harmonious, beautiful riders. It was just great, and I wish them all the best.” 
AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur also pointed out that Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven (SWE) placed fourth and fifth with top scores above and near 79%.
“I think that we did not have many qualifiers in the Western European league this year or last year, that were that strong,” he noted. “I think we have come a long way here, and it’s pretty amazing.”

​Meanwhile in Amsterdam......

Germany’s Isabell Werth dazzled the audience with 14 year old Oldenburg mare, Weihegold OLD in Friday's FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix. According to Isabell her mare started as “a bit tense” but she finished strong and earned first place in today’s Grand Prix. Germany hero the top two places today as Isabell was followed by Dorothee Schneider (GER) on Sammy Davis Jr. who placed second. One of the Netherlands’ top riders Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) finished in third. The breathtaking performance by Isabell and Weihegold was thrilled to watch the duo compete with a supportive audience. 

​Today, the pair lined up for the Freestyle and the result was never in doubt. Werth is in the enviable position of having two other horses that she can take to the Finals but both would need to be in top form to best the horse that is the current reigning Olympic and European champion. Weihegold scored 86.81% to leave herself  4% clear of Schnieder and Sammy Davies Jr.   

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