Image: Laura Graves on Verdades. Credit Shannon Brinkman Photo

The four dressage riders who will represent the US at next month’s World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina, have been announced by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

Top talent

The four athletes and horses named to the US team under the leadership of the chef d’equipe Robert Dover for the major championship show of 2018 are:

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and Verdades, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Florett As, whom she co-owns with her partner Curt Maes

Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Salvino, Betsy Juliano LLC’s 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion by Sandro Hit

Kasey Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) and Goerklintgaards Dublet, Diane Perry’s 15-year-old Danish warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Rosamunde, Four Winds Farm’s 11-year-old Rheinlander mare by Rock Forever

The reserve combination is:

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and Lonoir, the 14-year-old Danish warmblood gelding by De Noir, whom she co-owns with Mary Anne McPhail will serve as the reserve combination.

Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding by Spielberg, will serve as an alternate horse for Steffen Peters in the event that Rosamunde is unable to participate.

The World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018, which will take place September 11-23, in Mill Spring, N.C.

Selection

Riders and horses in contention have been competing in designated observation events throughout the summer.

The four selected riders have a wealth of experience between them, and team USA will be looking to add to their medal haul from Rio 2016, where they picked up team bronze.

Laura Graves was the top US individual, finishing in fourth with 85.196% in the freestyle — a score she has bested this year when posting 89.083% for second in the World Cup final in Paris in the spring.

The dressage element of WEG — which hosts eight different disciplines — begins on September 12, with the team Grand Prix (which also serves as an individual qualifier) taking place 12-13. On September 14, teams will contest the grand prix special, and the individual freestyle then takes place on September 16.

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