The World Equestrian Games is one week away but already Team USA’s newly appointed Dressage Technical Advisor, Debbie McDonald, has the long view in her sights
The Horse Show is hosted by Chris Stafford
Podcast length: 21′ 59″
Debbie McDonald has been an integral part of Team USA Dressage for a number of years since she stole the limelight with her extraordinary mare Brentina winning team silver and bronze at the 2012 and 2016 World Equestrian Games and the team bronze at the Athens Olympic Games. Most recently as well as becoming a much sought after coach, Debbie has been the Developing Dressage Coach nurturing new talent and young riders around the country. This year her role will change as she takes over the position of Technical Advisor to the team from Robert Dover. It’s a role she is relishing and with the upcoming World Equestrian Games Debbie is confident that the way the horses are going right now ‘everyone should be frightened’ that they are a force to be reckoned and will be looking to improve on their last podium – the team bronze medal in Rio. Chris Stafford chatted to Debbie about the team’s current form and how the horses and riders have improved.
Team USA for the 2018 World Equestrian Games
Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and Verdades, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding she owns with Curt Maes
Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Salvino, Betsy Juliano LLC’s 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion
Kasey Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) and Goerklintgaards Dublet, Diane Perry’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Rosamunde, Four Winds Farm’s 11-year-old Rheinlander mare
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and Lonoir, the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding she owns with Mary Anne McPhail will serve as the alternate combination.
Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding will serve as an alternate horse for Peters.
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