Laura Graves and Verdades Capture Another Win in the “Friday Night Stars” Grand Prix Freestyle at AGDF 3

Deirdre Sullivan for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Wellington, FL – January 25, 2019 – 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.
Laura Graves and Verdades. © SusanStickle.com
“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.”
Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit owned by Diane Perry, came in second with a score of 82.425%.
Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet. © SusanStickle.com
“The weather was great for Dublet. He loves the cold weather, said Perry-Glass of her 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon (WEG) team silver medal-winning partner. “It really gets him a little bit more amped. I’m just very proud of him for this show, to come out and score a personal best in [yesterday’s] grand prix out of WEG. Unfortunately, I had a little bit of a spook coming in [the freestyle], so that kind of put me a little behind my music. I felt a little rushed throughout my choreography, but he nailed everything.”
Shelly Francis and Danilo (USA), a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Annabella owned by Patricia Stempel, earned a score of 80.535% and came in third place in the freestyle.
“I just feel like my horse is really kind of liking this freestyle,” commented Francis about Danilo. “He kind of gets a little pumped up tonight with the cooler weather. It was good. He felt really fun and awesome though; he was just trying to do everything. The piaffe and passage and pirouettes are always getting better, and he’s always been pretty good about the changes. He’s kind of coming into himself.”
Shelly Francis and Danilo. ©SusanStickle.com
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.”
Laura Graves and Verdades in their winning presentation with Jane Bistline of U.S. P.R.E. Association, Allyn Mann of Adequan®, judge Michael Osinski, Janne Rumbough of of U.S. P.R.E. Association, Thomas Baur of AGDF, and Kimberly Van Kampen of U.S. P.R.E. Association. ©SusanStickle.com
“It’s been a really exciting week for us,” said Jane Bistline of the U.S. P.R.E. Association. “We had the U.S. P.R.E. event on Wednesday night, where everyone brought their Spanish horses and we really had a nice time.
“We’re just really honored to have you here in America,” she said to the top three riders.
Earlier on Friday, Jennifer Baumert (USA) and Handsome, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Hochadel owned by Betsy Juliano LLC, won the FEI Intermediate I CDI3* presented by Horseware Ireland. The pair earned a score of 73.676%.
Jennifer Baumert and Handsome. ©SusanStickle.com
In the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Adequan®, Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) and Alcazar, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Cantango owned by Jane Forbes Clark, won with a score of 72.319%.
Katherine Bateson Chandler and Alcazar. ©SusanStickle.com
Brittany Frasier-Beaulieu (CAN) and All In, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Tango, came in second with a score of 69.936%. Yvonne Losos De Muniz (DOM) and Aquamarijn, her 14-year-old KWPN mare by United, earned a score of 68.936% for third place.
Katherine Bateson Chandler and Alcazar in their winning presentation with judge Jane Weatherwax and Allyn Mann of Adequan®. ©SusanStickle.com
Competition at AGDF will resume on Saturday, January 26, with a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Horseware Ireland. Competition will continue during Week 5 from February 6-10 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. Week 5 features the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, and the Grand Prix Special CDI 5*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. The 2019 AGDF hosts 7 CDI weeks, 2 CPEDI weeks, and national competition through March 31. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, Presented by the U.S. P.R.E. Association
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %
1. Laura Graves (USA), Verdades, 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS x Liwilards and owned by Laura Graves: 86.525%, 83.100%, 83.900%, 85.525%, 85.625%, 84. 935%
2. Kasey Perry-Glass (USA), Goerklintgaards Dublet, 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit x La Costa and owned by Diane Perry: 82.875%, 82.375%, 81.875%, 82.375%, 82.625%, 82.425%
3.Shelly Francis (USA), Danilo, 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Annabella and owned by Patricia Stempel: 81.825%, 80.925%, 80.800%, 80.200%, 78.925%, 80.535%
4.Adrienne Lyle (USA), Salvino, 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit x Dynastie and owned by Betsy Juliano LLC: 79.925%, 78.775%, 78.125%, 80.375%, 79.475%, 79.335%
5.Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven (SWE), Don Auriello, 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Davidoff x Wey o Mey and owned by Lovsta Stuteri: 78.925%, 79.450%, 79.050%, 79.550%, 77.925%, 78.980%
6. Jill Irving (CAN), Degas 12, 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Rosana M and owned by Jill Irving: 73.050%, 69.750%, 68.475%, 72.225%, 72.250%, 71.150%
Photo credit: ©SusanStickle.com. These images may only be used in relation to this press release and with credit.

Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet Kick Off Week 3 at 2019 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival With Grand Prix Win

Wellington, FL – January 24, 2019 – The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) kicked off its third week of competition on Thursday, January 24, with a win for Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by the U.S. P.R.E. Association. Week 3 of AGDF in Wellington, FL, runs from January 24-27, and features the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by the U.S. P.R.E. Association.
Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet © SusanStickle.com
Perry-Glass (USA) earned a score of 77.913% in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by the U.S. P.R.E. Association. She rode Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit x La Costa owned by Diane Perry.
“I’m not surprised because I know that this horse has a lot of potential, but coming out for your first show you always want to do well and start where you left off last year,” Perry-Glass said about her win on Thursday. “I felt like that test was better than I’ve ever felt him. The rideability was there, and his mental game was there. It just showed that he’s ready for this year.”
“I just kind of had a few little lightbulb moments with our riding. Even after being on an Olympic team and a WEG team, you still have those moments,” commented Perry-Glass on her ride. “We’re just going to keep continuing to grow and get the scores up, even by 0.5%, and just keep chasing the higher scores.”
Perry-Glass said of her relationship with Goerklintgaards Dublet, “I’m very close to him. He’s my baby. I’m around him all day. His care, I look after the smallest little things with him, and sometimes my vet gets annoyed and he’s like, ‘Kasey, he’s fine.’ But you know, the earlier you catch things, the earlier you can fix it. I take his care very seriously.”
Perry-Glass’s FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 teammate Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades, her 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS, came in second with a score of 77.087%. Fellow 2018 teammate Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Salvino rounded out the top three with a score of 74.717%.
Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet in their winning presentation. ©SusanStickle.com
Earlier in the day Brittany Fraser (CAN) and All In, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Tango, earned a score of 72.761% to win the FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, presented by Adequan®.
Brittany Fraser and All In. © SusanStickle.com
Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) and Alcazar, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Cantango and owned by Jane Forbes Clark, came in second with a score of 70.957%. Jill Irving (CAN) and Arthur, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Jazz, finished third with a score of 69.738%.
Brittany Fraser and All In in their winning presentation. © SusanStickle.com
Betsy Steiner (USA) started the day off with a win in the FEI Prix St Georges CDI1*, presented by Discover Dressage. Steiner and Swiss W, a 12-year-old Wurttemberg mare owned by H. Whitney Bailey, earned a score of 71.618%.
Betsey Steiner and Swiss W. © SusanStickle.com
Jennifer Baumert (USA) and Handsome, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Hochadel owned by Elizabeth Juliano, won the FEI Prix St Georges CDI3*, presented by Horseware Ireland with a score of 72.647%.
Jennifer Baumert and Handsome. Photo © SusanStickle.com
Competition will continue on Friday, January 25, with a full schedule of classes at the Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Classes include the FEI Grand Prix 16-25, presented by Diamante Farms, and the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by U.S. P.R.E. Association that begins at 7 p.m. Admission for Friday night is free, and parking is $10/car with gates opening at 6 p.m. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.
Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by the U.S. P.R.E. Association
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %
1. Kasey Perry-Glass (USA), Goerklintgaards Dublet, 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit x La Costa and owned by Diane Perry: 77.609%, 79.783%, 76.304%, 78.587%, 77.283%, 77.913%
2. Laura Graves (USA), Verdades, 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS x Liwilards and owned by Laura Graves: 79.022%, 75.000%, 77.935%, 77.935%, 75.543%, 77.087%
3. Adrienne Lyle (USA), Salvino, 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Sabro Hit x Dynastie and owned by Betsy Juliano LLC: 76.522%, 74.022%, 74.348%, 76.087%, 72.609%, 74.717%
4. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven (SWE), Don Auriello, 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Davidoff x Wey o Mey and owned by Lovsta Stuteri: 73.043%, 73.043%, 73.261%, 76.413%, 73.370%, 73.826%
5. Shelly Francis (USA), Danilo, 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Annabella and owned by Patricia Stempel: 74.457%, 73.043%, 73.152%, 73.152%, 73.804%, 73.522%
6. Jill Irving (CAN), Degas 12, 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Rosana M and owned by Jill Irving: 68.587%, 69.130%, 71.196%, 68.696%, 69.457%, 69.413%
Photo credit: ©SusanStickle.com. These images may only be used in relation to this press release and with credit.

U.S. Dressage Stars Laura Graves and Verdades Open 2019 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival with Victory

Jan 10, 2019 – 6:53 PM

Deirdre Sullivan for Jennifer Wood Media Inc.

Wellington, FL – January 10, 2019 – The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) 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 (USA) and Verdades in the FEI Grand Prix CDIW, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services. The first week at AGDF, the Lloyd Landkamer Memorial, features CDI-W competition from January 10-12.

Week one of AGDF includes the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services, on Friday, January 11, at 7 p.m.

 

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Laura Graves (USA) won the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W with a score of 80.065%. Graves 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.”

 

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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.

 

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Michael Klimke (GER) started off the season by winning the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3*, presented by Triple Crown Nutrition with a score of 70.265%. Klimke rode Harmony’s Diabolo, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Desparadis owned by Harmony Sporthorses.

 

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©Susan J Stickle

 

Klimke also won the FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, presented by MTICA Farm with a score of 68.435%. Klimke rode his own mount, Royal Dancer 33, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Royal Blend.

Competition at AGDF will continue tomorrow with a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Intermediare II 16-25*, sponsored by Diamante Farms, before the start of the first “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information and a full list of results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %

  1. Laura Graves (USA), Verdades, 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett AS x  Liwilarda owned by Laura Graves: 80.000%, 82.826%, 77.500%, 79.783%, 80.217%, 80.065%
  2. Shelly Francis (USA), Danilo, 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding by DeNiro x Annabella owned by Patricia Stempel: 70.978%, 72.717%, 71.739%, 74.022%, 72.935%, 72.478%
  3. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven (GER), Don Auriello, 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Davidoff x Wey o mey owned by Lovsta Stuteri: 71.739%, 71.630%, 70.870%, 72.174%, 71.522%, 71.587%
  4. Brittany Fraser (CAN), All In, 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Tango x Leontine owned by Brittany Fraser: 68.478%, 72.609%, 71.413%, 70.652%, 70.543%, 70.739%
  5. Heather Boo (USA), Divertimento, 17-year-old Westphalian gelding by Di Versace x Fatima owned by Heather Boo: 64.565%, 63.261%, 61.413%, 64.348%, 60.000%, 62.717%

US Equestrian Launches Para-Equestrian Dressage Coach Certification Program

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 15, 2019, 2:22 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is excited to announce the launch of the Para-Equestrian Dressage Coach Certification Program developed by Michel Assouline, USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor and Head of Coach Development. This is a first of its kind coaching program for the industry in the U.S. The certificate program comprises of four levels: master coach, silver coach, bronze coach, and apprentice coach. In 2018, US Equestrian launched the pilot program, which played a role in the medal count for members of the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

The curriculum covers the principles of para-dressage coaching, including guided improvement process, coaching philosophy, and sport-specific skill acquisition. Moreover, it increases a coach’s ability to prepare athletes from grassroots education to international competitions, through progression of the certificate levels. With its goal of coach development, the program uses classroom lecture time as well as simulated lessons to give coaches information and feedback on their teaching, knowledge, and overall performance. Additionally, the program involves onsite practicums, self-study, online exams, and final assessments.  The certificate program takes three to six months to complete, with a fast-track program available to qualifying coaches. Currently, 31 participants from the pilot program aim to be fast-tracked in 2019.

“The new coaching program is there to develop better coaches but also a better system. I have always believed that a coach is not just a coach but also a networker, someone who brings a group together, that works with other professionals,” said Assouline, who introduced the program alongside US Equestrian Director of Sport Will Connell and US Equestrian Director of Para-Equestrian Laureen Johnson during US Equestrian’s Annual Meeting “Coaching, Youth, and Para-Dressage” panel. “To be a good coach, you have to understand your team, and you have to work with your team. [We also] arranged the program around that concept of working within a team.”

Assouline brings a decade of curriculum development and Paralympic coaching experience to the program. US Equestrian-approved faculty will join Assouline in accepting applications, delivering on-site practicums, and performing final assessments. The following are the 2019 dates of the US Equestrian Para-Equestrian Dressage Coach Certification Program:

Fast-Track Program: 

*Eligible candidates must attend one of the following

  • Option 1: Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, Loxahatchee, Fla., March  3-4
  • Option 2: Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, N.C., September 7-8

Formal Program:

*Accepted candidates must attend both of the following

  • Onsite Practicum 1: Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, N.C., May 15-16
  • Final Practicum & Assessment; Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, N.C., September 9-10

US Equestrian would like to thank the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for providing the Federal Adaptive Sport Grant, which has helped make the coach certificate program possible. This initiative has been conducted in partnership with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship with a goal of increasing awareness and coach education opportunities within Paralympic equestrian sports and to aid in the development of a US Equestrian coach database to support the competition pipeline for para-eligible athletes.

For more information about the application process and certification levels, view the information booklet or contact Laureen Johnson at lkjohnson@usef.org.