Hello, Number One: Laura Graves Has Made U.S. Dressage History

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or the first time in history, a U.S. dressage rider is ranked number one on the world rankings: following her performance at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September, Laura Graves and Verdades, the 16-year-old KWPN gelding that she owns with Curt Maes, are placed one point ahead of German powerhouse Isabel Werth and Weihegold OLD. Their impressive team Grand Prix and individual silver medal Grand Prix Special performances at the WEG in September increased their point total to 2,714 following the WEG and ultimately edging them up to the top of the Leaderboard. (Read more about the changes to the FEI Dressage World Ranking list and view the updated standings.)

Laura and “Diddy” have a fairytale story that has seen them rise to the top of the sport from humble beginnings.