Laura Graves Leads US Dressage Effort Saturday in Aachen

Laura Graves & Verdades (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Aachen, Germany – Four members of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team competed for the U.S. at the CHIO Aachen on Saturday. Laura Graves, Adrienne Lyle, and Caroline Roffman rode in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special, while Shelly Francis rode in the CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle.

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and Verdades led the U.S. effort with an eighth-place finish aboard Verdades in the Meggle-Prize CDIO5* Grand Prix Special. Graves and her own 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding earned a score of 74.784% for a solid performance in an international field. Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Peggy Thomas’ 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Wizard, finished in 13th place on a score of 72.902%, while Caroline Roffman (Wellington, Fla.) and her own 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, Her Highness O, were 29th with a score of 61.314%.

Both Graves and Lyle move on to Sunday’s Grand Prix Freestyle as the CDIO5* comes to close.

In the Philips-Prize CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle, Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, had a great performance. The pair executed a solid test to score 71.725% and finish in seventh place.

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