Rotterdam, Netherlands – June 22, 2017 – The first leg of the CDIO5* Nations Cup in Rotterdam kicked off today with Laura Graves and her 15-year-old KWPN gelding Verdades winning the Grand Prix with a 79.46 percent. The Netherlands’ Madeleine Witte-Vrees came in second aboard 10-year-old KWPN stallion Cennin with a 75.66 percent. Fellow American, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, rounded out the top three with a personal best of 74.58 percent on Lonoir, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.
The United States Team is in the lead in the overall Nations Cup standings with the scores of Graves, LaGoy-Weltz, and Kasey Perry-Glass, who earned a 71.56 percent on Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. The fourth member of the team, Dawn White-O’Connor on 15-year-old Westphalian gelding Legolas 92, was eliminated due to unevenness. The Dutch team is following closely in second.
The team placings for the Nations Cup will be determined by adding up the three results per team in the Grand Prix, the two best results in the Grand Prix Special and the best result in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In case of a tie, the team with the best result in the Grand Prix Freestyle will be ahead.
The Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Freestyle will take place on Saturday.
Grand Prix Results
1. Laura Graves/USA/Verdades/79.46
2. Madeleine Witte-Vrees/NED/Cennin/75.66
3. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz/USA/Lonoir/74.58
4. Therese Nilshagen/SWE/Dante Weltino OLD/73.82
5. Hans Peter Minderhoud/NED/Glock’s Johnson TN NOP/73.4
6. Edward Gal/NED/Glock’s Voice/73.02
7. Diederik Van Silfhout/NED/Four Seasons 19/72.32
8. Lara Butler/GBR/Rubin Al Asad/71.6
9. Kasey Perry-Glass/USA/Goerklintgaards Dublet/71.56
10. Jorinde Verwimp/BEL/Tiamo/71.42
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