Passion and Perseverance
Watch Olympic dressage rider Laura Graves talk about the sport of dressage, its scoring, and her star horse Verdades.
About This Video
Laura Graves, a member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. Dressage Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, discusses her sport’s demanding tests, how they’re scored, and the importance of partnership, precision, and perseverance. The video also features Graves’s Olympic mount, Verdades.
Video courtesy of Deloitte LLP. Deloitte is proud to sponsor Team USA athletes like Laura Graves and Verdades. This video was shot in Idaho at River Grove Farm with many thanks to the Thomas family.
About The Expert
Laura Graves was a hairstylist in Boston in 2008 when she decided to turn to dressage full time with Verdades, whom her family bought from the Netherlands when he was six months old. Together, Graves and the headstrong, sensitive “Diddy” rose through the levels of competition and then captured the reserve championship, behind three-time Olympian Steffen Peters, at The Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship in 2014. Graves and Verdades competed on The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, where they finished fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In 2015, they earned an individual silver medal and team gold medal at the Pan American Games and returned, this time to win, at The Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship. In 2016, Graves and Verdades were team and individual gold medalists at the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival of Champions 12. They also were members of the bronze medal-winning U.S. Dressage Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.