Wellington, Fla. – March 31, 2018 – Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet may have taken an 8 month hiatus from competitions with their last show being the CDIO5* in Aachen, but that certainly didn’t stop them from claiming two blue ribbons in the final week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF).
“He’s had three years of really hard work – he did the Pan Am selection tour straight into Rio and last year being a really big year too,” Perry-Glass explained. “I felt like it was time for him to have a break and just be turned out and have downtime – we both needed the reset. He deserved it and I’m so glad I did it. It’s his third year at Grand Prix and he came back no problem. He works really well when you don’t drill him. I started bringing him back in December with the aqua-tread and trail riding and then very slowly brought him back to work.”
The bronze medal-winning Olympian looked right at home in the show ring with her partner, “Dublet” a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit –La Costa, Olympic Ferro). The pair earned a score of 73.217 percent in the CDI3* Grand Prix to claim the blue ribbon against a field of 18 competitors. Tuny Page on Woodstock placed second with a 71.435 percent and Dominican Republic’s Yvonne Losos De Muñiz on Foco Loco W rounded out the top three with a 70.804 percent.
“He was hot in there today [during the Grand Prix] and it caught me a little off guard,” added Perry-Glass, who trains with Debbie McDonald. “I haven’t had that feeling in a long time. He’s 15, but he felt like a young horse again, which made me really happy.”
Not to be outdone by their performance in the Grand Prix, Perry-Glass and the gelding owned by Diane Perry, earned another blue ribbon in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 76.125 percent, the unanimous winner from all five judges in a field of 15 riders. American Adrienne Lyle filled second on the young Horizon with a 74.2% percent, while the Yvonne Losos De Muñiz finished third on Foco Loco with 73.8 percent.