Well, I was inadvertently late to last night's rider draw party at the 2015 FEI World Cup Finals: I hiked to the MGM Grand, arrived half way through the advertised event time, and discovered that they'd already closed up shop. Argh!
So I apologize for the delay in bringing you the start order for today's Grand Prix dressage competition. The action commences at 12:15 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Inessa Merkulova/Mister X (RUS)
Terhi Stegars/Axis TSF (FIN)
Fabienne Lutkemeier/Qui Vincit Dynamis (GER)
Laura Graves/Verdades (USA)
Malin Hamilton/Fleetwood (SWE)
Morgan Barbancon Mestre/Painted Black (ESP)
Paulinda Friberg/Di Lapponia T (SWE)
Tatiana Dorofeeva/Kartsevo Upperville (RUS)
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard/Jojo AZ (DEN)
Elena Sidneva/Romeo-Star (RUS)
Mikala Munter Gundersen/My Lady (DEN)
Charlotte Dujardin/Valegro (GBR)
Lars Petersen/Mariett (DEN)
Hans Peter Minderhoud/Glock's Flirt (NED)
Isabell Werth/El Santo NRW (GER)
Steffen Peters/Legolas (USA)
Edward Gal/Glock's Undercover N.O.P. (NED)
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl/Unee BB (GER)
That's it. As I mentioned in a previous post, the Grand Prix at the World Cup Final functions merely as a qualifier for the Grand Prix Freestyle. The winner of the Freestyle is the World Cup champion. There is no GP Special in this competition.
A number of people have asked me if they can watch the competition online. You can -- but not for free. Subscribe to FEI TV (quick!) to gain access.
Are you excited? I am!