The hotly contested Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final gets underway Saturday afternoon with the FEI Grand Prix Test. All eyes will be on the Lyon Eurexpo on Sunday, April 20, as the winner of the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle will be crowned the 2014 Final champion. This year's Final is shaping up to be a battle of the titans of the sport, as current Olympic and European champions, Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, look to add the World Cup title their resume. They will be pushed all the way by the world-class field, including reigning champions, Germany's Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill, as well as the United States' Tina Konyot and Cesar Parra. Tina Konyot (Palm City, Fla.) has represented the U.S. at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2012 Olympic Games with her longtime partner Calecto V and the pair make their first World Cup start in Lyon. They head into the weekend on strong form after a successful winter campaign on the Florida circuit, including winning the Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms.
Cesar Parra (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and Michael and Sarah Davis' Van the Man also head to Lyon on the heels of a strong winter season spent competing in Wellington. The pair has built a strong partnership over the years and recently finished sixth in the Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W sponsored by Today's Equestrian and GF Enterprises, LLC.
"I am very excited to have two excellent combinations going to Lyon for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final, Tina Konyot with her Olympic stallion, Calecto V, and Cesar Parra riding Van The Man," said USEF Chef d'Equipe Robert Dover. "Both horses have continued throughout the winter Florida season receiving ever higher scores in the Grand Prix as well as their Freestyles and I feel confident our athletes will deliver strong performances in France."
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