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May 26, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Laura Graves Is Experimenting

Laura Graves and Verdades tacked up for their first show since the winter season in the CDIO5* at Compiègne, France. There, they finished second behind teammates Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet in the CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix. They’ll compete in the Roosendaal CDI4* (the Netherlands) held June 1-5 and then will compete in the mandatory observation event at Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

May 18, 2016

Road To The Olympics: A Great Loss And A Big Result For Clark Montgomery

Clark Montgomery had a great outing with Loughan Glen at The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials CIC*** on May 14-15 where they finished ninth against some tough company, but his week took a sad turn as his groom Karen Hughes died after a battle with cancer on May 16.

Karen was amazing. She worked right up until she just absolutely couldn’t, which was about five weeks ago. She literally just could not come in to work. We wanted her to do whatever she wanted to do, and coming to work every day is what kept her going this long.

May 11, 2016

Road To The Olympics: McLain Ward Is Toning Down To Gear Up For Europe

After a successful winter in Florida, HH Azur is getting some well-deserved downtime at Castle Hill, Ward’s Brewster, N.Y., base, before departing for Europe to contest the designated observation events for the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team. Meanwhile, Ward is showing at the nearby Old Salem Farm (N.Y.) spring shows.

May 10, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Phillip Dutton Has Three Horses Ready For Rio

Another Rolex Kentucky CCI**** is in Phillip Dutton’s rearview mirror, with some top finishes for his three horses: Mighty Nice placed fourth, Fernhill Cubalawn took fifth, and Fernhill Fugitive placed 13th.

Any rider would be thrilled to finish that many horses in the top 20 at Rolex, and Dutton is pleased with the result, but he’s not any rider. He has things he wants to fix and improve upon, particularly the show jumping phase, where Fernhill Fugitive pulled an uncharacteristic five rails, and no ride was without jumping penalties.

May 9, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Kasey Perry-Glass Has Learned To Channel Dublet's Power

Kasey Perry-Glass, 28, and Goerklingaards Dublet are in Europe training for a tour there and seeking scores to qualify them for Team USA at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

They were named one of four horse and rider combinations to compete for the United States at the CDIO5* at Compiègne, France on May 19-22

May 6, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Callan Solem Is Crossing Her Ts And Dotting Her Is

Since their seventh-place finish at the Longines FEI World Cup Finals (Sweden) in March, Callan Solem and VDL Wizard have been spending some quiet time at their home base in Chester Springs, Pa., getting ready to leave for Europe in a few weeks to fight their way from being named to the short list to a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

May 2, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Laura Graves And Diddy Have Some Down Time

Laura Graves and Verdades have been enjoying some quiet time between the end of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival and catching a plane for the European tour. Before leaving Wellington, Fla., for their base in Orlando, Fla., Graves and “Diddy” got some quality training time in with their coach Debbie McDonald.

April 26, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Clark Montgomery And Loughan Glen Finally Get Their First Run In

Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen finally got their first run of the season in at the Belton Horse Trials CIC*** (England) on April 15-17. They won the class last year, and this year they placed 17th out of 126 entries, with a 42.0 in dressage, one rail in show jumping and 7.6 time penalties on cross-country.

Loughan Glen and Clark Montgomery got their first cross-country run of the year at Belton. Photo by E.S. Photography 

April 21, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Kasey Perry-Glass Is Firmly On Team Believe

In this series, the Chronicle follows six riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. We’ll check in with them every few weeks as they pursue a team spot, seeing how they’re getting their horses ready and preparing mentally.

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