26 March 2019

American sensation Kasey Perry Glass is aiming to follow her coach Debbie McDonald by winning the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final at Gotheburg’s iconic Scandinavium…

Kasey Perry Glass has had a fantastic year after claiming a Team silver medal at the World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon last September and finishing second in the North American League standings for the FEI Dressage World Cup™.


With her 16-year-old bay gelding Dublet, Perry Glass has to be considered among the favourites to reach the podium in Sweden next month.


As she seeks to add to the Olympic bronze she picked up in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Kasey, 31, has an extra special reason to target glory in Gothenburg. She says it would be a “dream” to follow in the footsteps of her coach Debbie McDonald, who became the first American winner of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in the same city in 2003.


We caught up with Kasey to find out more about her plans for Gothenburg, her career to date and her lucky unicorn rubber duckie!

Dublet is one
of the best
horses in
the world

FEI.org: You've been in great form of late - tell us about your year!

Kasey: “As the season goes on, every show seems to be a highlight! I have always said Dublet is one of the best horses in the world and I am feeling like we are starting to be able to show that.


“This last show I was able to post our personal best in the Grand Prix and ended the show with one of the best freestyles we have done. This horse is so special and always goes out and gives it his all.”


FEI.org: How important is the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final for you?

Kasey: “The World Cup is extremely important to me. The pressure is only on yourself to perform vs. a team event or championship were you need to do it for your team.


“Gothenburg is where my coach, Debbie McDonald won on her mount Brentina so, I’m just going to put it out there, it would be a dream to follow in her footsteps! I have heard nothing but amazing things about the venue and the city of Gothenburg.”


FEI.org: Could you tell us about your experience of winning a medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games™?

Kasey: “Winning our silver team medal in front of our home crowd was extraordinary! I had a lot of family and friends there and was able to look up and see them.


“It was emotional because some of the people that were there have been a part of Dublet and my journey since the beginning.”


FEI.org: Could you tell us all about Goerklintgaards Dublet?

Kasey: “I can talk all day about Dublet! Dublet has a big personality!


“He LOVES to be scratched by his human friends but, also, loves scratching with other horses. If you are standing by his stall door he will pull you in with his head to scratch him. Because of that, we travel with a back scratcher that my teammate, Adrienne Lyle, bought for him.


“When he’s not being scratched by us, he is either laying down napping or insisting he needs to be in his grassy field. He is out in his field for up to 5-6 hours on a normal day. We purposely put him in the field that shares a fence with another friendly horse so they can scratch each other as much as they want! Also, he LOVES bananas!


“Even though Dublet is quiet and easy in the barn, he can have a lot of power and excitement under tack. He will keep you on your toes.


“In fact, he once nearly put me on my back! I was putting his bowl of grain down and he turned so fast I couldn’t move fast enough. That’s when his head met mine and almost knocked me out!”


FEI.org: Could you tell us about how you got into Dressage?

Kasey: “I began riding western when I was little and progressed into hunter jumpers with my first pony, Velvet. The more I got into riding the more my mom wanted to steer me in the right direction of learning the basics of good horsemanship and riding.


“This is when she got me into Sierra Gold Pony Club. From there, I was connected with Carmela Richards, the Eventing trainer, who introduced me to three-day Eventing. She holds extreme importance on Dressage since it is the foundation of everything we do. 


“Carmela would bring in a Dressage trainer once or twice a month for a clinic and it was with her that I discovered my love for Dressage and the beauty of the connection you create with the horse. So at the age of 14, I began riding strictly Dressage.

Every show
seems to be
a highlight

FEI.org: Do you have any superstitions when you compete?

Kasey: “I don’t have any superstitions but do have a unicorn rubber duckie that has been following me around since Rotterdam 2018. My mom and sisters got it for me and I told them If I did good at that show the rubber duckie can stay. Ever since then, it has had a home in my show trunk!


“I am very OCD when it comes to my tack being cleaned and my braids so I do all that myself.”


“As for other interests, I played basketball all through middle school and high school. I was going to try to play in college but decided to only do horses.”


Watch Kasey in next month's FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final live on FEI TV from April 5-6...


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