Laura Graves rides Verdades during the Dressage Competition at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final on April 6, 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
For the third year in a row, Olympian Laura Graves and longtime partner Verdades took second place in dressage at the FEI World Cup Finals, highlighting a solid weekend for the U.S. equestrian team in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Finishing as the runner-up is a respectable position when the first-place finisher all three years has been Germany’s Isabell Werth. The top-ranked rider in women’s dressage, Werth has collected six gold and four silver medals from five Olympic Games over the course of her career.
Graves scored an 87.179 percent, which for a time put her in the lead but she would eventually finish behind Werth’s 88.871 percent. Graves scored a personal-best 89.082 at last year’s final in Paris and also took silver in 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska. Graves won the bronze medal in team dressage at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. In 2018 after winning two silver medals at the World Equestrian Games, she became the first U.S. dressage rider to be ranked No. 1 in the world.
Teammate Kasey Perry-Glass finished fifth with a score of 84.975 percent on Goerklintgaards Dublet and Adrienne Lyle finished eighth, scoring a personal-best 81.832 percent on Salvino, who was competing at his first indoor show.
Four-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden was the highest-finishing U.S. athlete in the jumping competition, placing sixth atop Breitling LS.