Kasey Perry-Glass of Orangevale and Team USA ended a 12-year Olympic medal drought, winning the team bronze medal in dressage Friday in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Paced by Laura Graves aboard Verdades, the four-member American squad averaged a score of 76.667, behind only gold-medal winner Germany (81.936) and silver medalist Great Britain (78.602). Graves and teammates Steffan Peters and Allison Brock qualified for Monday’s final individual round, the Grand Prix Freestyle.
The U.S. dressage team last won bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Peters, a four-time Olympian, also won team bronze in 1996 at the Atlanta Games.
Friday’s medal brings Team USA’s Olympic total to one silver and seven bronzes.
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Riding her 13-year- old gelding Dublet, Perry-Glass scored 73.25 Friday, just missing Monday’s freestyle in her first Olympics, but enough to help the U.S. nose out The Netherlands for bronze. She placed 22 nd overall in the individual rankings.
Perry-Glass, 28, is a Sacramento State and Capital Christian graduate who started riding at age 5 at a local stable. Called “Team Believe,” her family and friends helped propel her to her Olympic dream. Kasey is the daughter of Bob and Diane Perry, who owns Dublet.
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