Dressage-news.com – WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016–Three American dressage team riders were among hundreds of Olympians greeted Thursday by President Barack Obama who noted diversity of the United States squad.
“One of the reasons our country’s so proud of this year’s Team USA is: 2016 belonged to America’s women Olympians. I mean, no question,” he said.
American women out-medaled the men 61-55 and out-golded them 27-18, in a Games that gave Team USA its biggest medal haul in a fully contested Olympiad.
Three of the four members of the bronze medal dressage team were women–Kasey Perry-Glass, Allison Brock and Laura Graves with Steffen Peters the fourth rider.
Dressage-News.com – Laura Graves and Verdades have jumped to No. 4 in the world with Steffen Peters and Legolas in sixth place behind three German Olympic gold medal team combinations, the highest ranking ever for the American Grand Prix champion. The entire United States bronze medal team ranked in the top 30 in the world, surpassed only by Germany with its four team pairs in the top 15.
Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet climbed to No. 20 from 23rd a month earlier and Allison Brock on Rosevelt to No. 29 from 37th, the highest placings for the other two rider and horse combinations that won the bronze at Rio de Janeiro for the first U.S. Olympic dressage medal since 2004.