Lexington, Ky. – This week, The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team aims to earn top marks at the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ Germany. Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover will lead the team of Laura Graves and Verdades, Adrienne Lyle and Salvino, Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, and Steffen Peters and Rosamunde at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen, July 19-22. Individual U.S. CDI4* big tour competitors Shelly Francis and Danilo, Ashley Holzer and Havanna 145, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir, and Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper, join the team combinations in Aachen.
The Nations Cup CDIO5* and CDI4* serve as designated observation events for determining the 2018 The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018, which will take place Sept. 11-23 in Mill Spring, N.C.
The U.S. contingent at CHIO Aachen will also include CDIO-U25 individual competitor Natalie Pai and Unlimited. Peters will also ride Donovan, Four Wind Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding, in the CDI4* Small Tour.
Meet the Team
Laura Graves from Geneva, Fla., riding Verdades, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding she owns with Curt Maes. Follow Graves on Facebook (@Laura-Graves), Twitter (@LGravesDressage), and Instagram (@lauragravesdressage).
Adrienne Lyle from Ketchum, Idaho, riding Salvino, Betsy Juliano LLC’s 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion. Follow Lyle on Facebook (@adriennelyleUSA), Twitter (@adriennelyle1), and Instagram (@adrienne.lyle).
Kasey Perry-Glass from Wellington, Fla., riding Goerklintgaards Dublet, Diane Perry’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding. Follow Perry-Glass on Facebook (@KaseyPerryDressage), Twitter (@KaseyPDressage), and Instagram (@kasey_perryglass).
Steffen Peters from San Diego, Calif., riding Rosamunde, Four Winds Farm’s 11-year-old Rheinlander mare. Follow Peters on Facebook (@arroyodelmar).
Last Time Out
Graves and Verdades won the 2018 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final Grand Prix and placed second overall
Lyle and Salvino rode on the bronze medal-winning The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at the FEI Dressage Nations Cup The Netherlands
Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet rode on the bronze medal-winning The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at the FEI Dressage Nations Cup The Netherlands
Peters and Rosamunde won the CDI4* Grand Prix and Freestyle at the CDI Leudelange
Graves: Team bonze in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games; two-time FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final reserve champion (2018, 2017) and three-time competitor (2018, 2017, 2015); team silver in the 2017 FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Aachen and the 2016 FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Rotterdam; team gold and individual silver at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, and Normandy 2014 WEG team member
Lyle: Normandy 2014 WEG team member; London 2012 Olympian; team gold in the 2018 FEI Dressage Nations Cup USA and the 2014 FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* Wellington, and team silver in the 2017 FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Aachen
Perry-Glass: Team bronze in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games; 2017 FEI World Cup Dressage Final competitor; team gold in the 2017 FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Rotterdam and the 2016 FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* Wellington, as well as team silver in the 2017 FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Aachen and the 2016 FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Rotterdam
Peters: Team and individual gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games; four-time Olympian, including a team bronze at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games; team bronze at the Aachen 2006 WEG and two individual bronze medals at the Lexington 2010 WEG; 2009 FEI World Cup Dressage Final Champion and five-time competitor (2002, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2017), and numerous FEI Nations Cup medals
Meet the WEG Short-Listed CDI4* Big Tour Competitors
Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, earned numerous top-three finishes at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) to begin 2018. They then headed to the 2018 FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Paris, France, placing 12th in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. Francis and Danilo are back in Aachen, following wins in the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at CDI3* Aachen in May.
Ashley Holzer (New York, N.Y.) and Havanna 145, Diane Fellows’s 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, finished in the top-eight several times at the AGDF earlier this year. Most recently, they placed second in the FEI Grand Prix and top-5 in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI4* Leudelange.
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and Lonoir, the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding she owns with Mary Anne McPhail, started off the 2018 competition year with six first-place results at the AGDF. Earlier this month, the pair helped The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team earn a bronze medal at the FEI Dressage Nations Cup The Netherlands .
Peters and Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding, are a new combination, but they have won at almost every turn in 2018. The pair racked up four wins at the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. At the end of April, Peters and Suppenkasper won the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W and placed third in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W at the Del Mar National Horse Show. The combination most recently won the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at CDI4* Leudelange.
Meet the CDIO-U25 Competitor
Natalie Pai (Wellington, Fla.) and Unlimited, Melanie Pai’s 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, also had impressive showings at the AGDF. They won the FEI Intermediate II 16-25 CDI-U25 and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 16-25 CDI-U25 during week 10, followed by the team silver medal in the CDIO-U25 two weeks later. Most recently, the combination earned two top-10 finishes at the CDI-U25 Leudelange.
Competition will begin with the FEI Grand Prix CDIO5* at 3:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 19. Watch the competition live on ClipMyHorse.tv.
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