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The Battle Of The Titans: Favorite Photos From 2018 FEI World Cup Dressage Final



Paris—April 16

Laura Graves headed to Paris with one goal in mind: winning the FEI World Cup Dressage Final. While Germany’s Isabell Werth took home the final prize with Weihegold OLD, Graves and Verdades did beat the world No. 1 combination in the Grand Prix. Now Graves will buckle down and do her homework with the goal of earning top honors at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina this September.

You can read all about the action from the 2018 FEI World Cup Dressage Final and relive the week through some of our favorite moments.



Laura Graves was all smiles as the U.S. national anthem was played after she topped the Grand Prix. Photo by Kimberly Loushin.


Verdades just exuded power as he went through his freestyle with Laura Graves. Photo by Ann Glavan.


Isabell Werth is one of the most decorated dressage riders of all time, but she’s still thrilled to take home a win. Photo by Kimberly Loushin.


Patrik Kittell’s Deja was all focus throughout the two days of competition. Photo by Kimberly Loushin.


Verdades had his best dancing shoes on, and he and Laura Graves earned a personal best in the Grand Prix and the freestyle. Photo by Kimberly Loushin.


Spain’s Morgan Barbancon Mestre shared a quiet moment with Sir Donnerhall II OLD following their test. Photo by Kimberly Loushin.


Shelly Francis thinks over her freestyle with Danilo before heading into the ring. Photo by Ann Glavan.


The stables were nestled among the trees behind the AccorHotels Arena. Photo by Ann Glavan.


Jessica von Bredow-Werndl passaged out of the arena on foot while winner Isabell Werth laughed behind her. Photo by Kimberly Loushin.


Verdades says a treat is necessary before heading to the ring. Photo by Ann Glavan.


Weihegold OLD’s groom Steffi Wigard couldn’t stop smiling. Photo by Kimberly Loushin.

The Chronicle of the Horse was onsite at the 2018 FEI World Cup Final. You can catch up all our coverage of the event in both show jumping and dressage. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of the May 7 issue of the Chronicle for more in-depth coverage.

Important Links: Paris World Cup website  ⁄  Orders of go and results /  Live streaming/ All of the Chronicle’s coverage

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