April 24, 2019
FEI World Cup Dressage Finals Paris
By Louise Parkes
Friday April 13, 2018 – Laura Graves (30) has been threatening the supremacy of German superstar, Isabell Werth (48), for some time and on Friday April 13, 2018, the American pinned the most medaled athlete in the history of equestrian sport into runner-up spot in the Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2018 in Paris (FRA).
Riding her beloved gelding Verdades, Graves was runner-up to Werth and her brilliant mare Weihegold at the 2017 Final in Omaha (USA) a year ago. Friday afternoon they proved that indeed they could outdo Werth, as the big horse she calls “Diddy,” and who she has owned since he was a foal, carried the Florida-based rider to a personal-best winning score of 81.413 with a performance that just oozed everything that’s great about a long-established partnership.
But when Graves was asked at this evening’s press conference how it felt to have Werth sitting beside her in second place, she replied, “It feels very scary, especially with such a fierce competitor because I know she’s going to ride even harder tomorrow!”
Results, Grand Prix:
1. Verdades (Laura Graves) USA 81.416
2. Weihegold OLD (Isabell Werth) GER 78.261
3. Unee BB (Jessica von Bredow-Werndl) GER 75.667
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