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Busy Year Ahead For Dressage Star

Kasey Perry-Glass

By Y.A. Teitelbaum

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The future is bright for Kasey Perry-Glass and her 16-yearold bay gelding Dublet. Three years ago, the pair won their first major dressage competition at a Nations Cup in Compiegne, France, and consequently earned a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, which captured the bronze medal. They continued their ascent and were a member of the World Equestrian Games silver medal squad last fall in Tryon, N.C. Now, after breaking into the world’s Top 10 for the first time in January, Perry-Glass and Dublet have their sights set on qualifying for the World Cup in April and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. “My plans for March and April will vary depending on how my last two World Cup qualifying shows go,” said Perry-Glass, who grew up in northern California. “If I qualify for the World

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Cup, I will be spending March as a training/preparation month. In addition, I have two other horses that I would like to focus on in the competition ring in Wellington while Dublet prepares for, hopefully, the World Cup. In addition to the World Cup, my goal is to compete at Aachen [Germany] for one summer show in Europe before giving Dublet a nice rest for the big push for 2020.” Perry-Glass has been training with Olympian Debbie McDonald for almost four years. “There are many things that make a rider good, but it is something special for a rider to be great,” said McDonald, who splits time between her farms in Wellington and Idaho. “She is great. She is beautiful on a horse to start with. Her effortless look as they go through the test is just a pleasure to watch. But she also has that something special that you can’t describe — it just is in

a champion. The partnership her and Dublet have is so inspiring.” The 31-year-old Perry-Glass, who has a degree in business entrepreneurship from Cal State-Sacramento, said the key to her success is being patient. “I have had some major setbacks that have taught me to take this sport and passion one day at a time,” said PerryGlass, the youngest of six sisters. “You can’t rush your training and relationship with your horse. The one thing you can do is believe. Believe in yourself, believe in your horse and believe in your team.” That’s a mantra that Perry-Glass and her family have carried from childhood. “We are a family of believing in yourself and fighting for and reaching for your goals,” Perry-Glass stressed. “The name ‘Team Believe’ came from when my mom was running triathlons and got us girls to start running with her. We eventually started entering into races, 5Ks, half-marathons and marathons, and formed our group name as ‘Team Believe.’ The name stuck with us through my Olympic journey and reminded me to keep believing in myself even when things got hard.” Perry-Glass believes in many things, but she doesn’t have any special routines before shows. She does believe in trying to make things as organized and put together as possible in her life to reduce her stress level.

(Left and right) Kasey Perry-Glass rides her Olympic mount Dublet.

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March 2019 | ON THE COVER Top dressage rider Kasey Perry-Glass, profiled in this issue. Photo ©TIEC | Stars Align For Adequan Global Dressa...

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March 2019 | ON THE COVER Top dressage rider Kasey Perry-Glass, profiled in this issue. Photo ©TIEC | Stars Align For Adequan Global Dressa...