U.S. dressage team second in Aachen Nations Cup
- July 22, 2018
- By Staff Writers
AACHEN, Germany--The U.S. Dressage team was leading after the Grand Prix, the first round of the Nations Cup in Aachen, but Germany came back strong in the second competition, the Grand Prix Special, to win the gold medal with the U.S. taking the silver medal on Saturday, July 21 at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen.
Under the leadership of Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, the U.S. team of Laura Graves, Adrienne Lyle, Kasey Perry-Glass, and Steffen Peters produced a final score of 459.371, just 4.98 points behind the German team.
In the Grand Prix, Germany's top rider, Isabell Werth, had a bad day on Emilio and ultimately landed in 17th place, which left the path clear for the USA and giving the win to Laura Graves on Verdades.
But then in the Grand Prix Special, it was Graves who had an uncharacteristically bad day on Verdades as he spooked at a camera and ended on a score of 74.085, while Werth came back with a 79.128 to clinch the win for Germany.