Laura: “We had a terrific time in Gothenburg! It took us four whole days to get there but the horses travelled great.
“Every World Cup is a completely different experience. Verdades was really up for the challenge and in top form.
“I really thought that this year might be our year! But Isabel proves hard to beat every time.”
Do you feel you are getting closer to Isabell Werth?
Laura: “I really think that it was anyone’s title this year. So many horses were in top form and I believe 10 combinations over 80%.
“I thought that if Verdades and I were able to win this year, he would be finished with World Cups. But now I am eager to try again, at home in Las Vegas.”
How do you find competing in Europe?
Laura: “The horses are so used to the travel, but of course not having to travel so far is a definite advantage. As Americans, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to keep ourselves next to the other best horses and riders in the world.
“We were home in Miami by the Tuesday after the World Cup. It was a quick and very exhausting travel.”
What will be the major targets for you this season?
Laura: “For Verdades, he will have a quiet year competition-wise and we will mostly focus on his fitness. My focus will switch a bit to the younger horses I have and preparing them for our National Championships.”
Could you tell us about Verdades?
Laura: “Verdades, while he is so serious during his work, is actually quite the opposite without the saddle. He is such a happy guy and is extremely social. He loves to communicate and learn.
“He is curious, and also spooky, which can get him into trouble at times!
“He is truly a part of me. If one of my girls is walking him and I call his name or he sees me, he will plant his feel and stare at me until I come over to him.
"The only reason either of us is as successful as we are is because of each other."