At the last FEI World Cup Dressage Final qualifying show in the North American League, held at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, on Feb. 27–March 3, Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass secured their invitations to the final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Graves and Verdades lead the league with an average of 84.23 percent, with Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet coming in second with 83.24 percent. In addition, Graves now sits second in the FEI Dressage World Ranking List behind Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD, and Perry-Glass rounds out the top five behind two other Werth mounts.
Previously, the riders’ best two scores contributed to their NAL ranking that qualified them for the final. But this year, the qualifications changed so that three CDI-W scores were needed to earn the ticket to Gothenburg, changing many of the riders’ schedules.
“It’s difficult for us here in the North American League,” said Graves. “They’re so close together. If you had a chance of qualifying, it’s between two months—between January and February for us.
“For me it was a bit unfortunate that they now require three World Cup qualifiers,” she continued. “Unfortunately then I had to scratch the start at the five-star, which is too bad. And for anyone who did not do the first World Cup qualifier in January, like Kasey and Adrienne [Lyle], they just showed—Kasey just had to show back-to-back weekends.”
The final will be held April 3-7 alongside the Longines FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final, with dressage happening April 5 and 6.