The 2017 U.S. Grand Prix Champions, Kasey Perry-Glass and Gorklintgards Dublet, will be making their long-awaited come back at the last CDI of the Wellington show season on 29 March - 1 April 2018.
Perry-Glass will be riding her 15-year old Danish warmblood gelding Dublet (by Diamond Hit x Ferro) in the 3* division which runs alongside the FEI Nations Cup CDIO. The 3* Grand Prix for Freestyle will be held on Wednesday 28 March 2018.
Perry-Glass and her 2016 Rio U.S. Olympic team horse Dublet won the U.S Dressage Championship in May 2017 after receiving a wild card to compete at the Nationals instead of qualifying. After Gladstone she joined the American elite team in Europe and competed in Rotterdam and Aachen. The CDIO Aachen in July 2017 was the pair's last show.
The Wellington based Perry was tight-lipped on her eight-month show break, not willing to share any information on why she skipped the entire Florida winter show season. Rumours about an injured Dublet have been running rife in Wellington.
Eurodressage asked her about her horse's health and show come back, to which Perry replied: "Dublet is fit, happy and healthy! I am entered to do the 3* next week (28-31 March) with him."
Perry did not want to go into any details about her WEG team qualification plans this year. "We will see how this first show goes to discuss further," she said.
Aside from Dublet, Perry has one more FEI level horse in the barn, the 11-year old Hanoverian Mistico TM (by Donnerball x Weltmeyer), which was discovered by Juan Matute at the Hanoverian auction in Verden. The Wellington based Spaniard imported the liver chestnut to the U.S.A and his son Juan Matute Guimon has showed the horse first at junior level in Wellington in 2015. Perry-Glass first competed her new horse at small tour level at a regional show in Beuningen, The Netherlands, in July 2017.
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