FEI World Cup Dressage Trivia

Part 1: Brush up on your Dressage World Cup knowledge

Q: Who has won the most Dressage World Cup finals?
A: Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands on nine occasions (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, with two different horses—Bonfire, five times and Salinero, four times)

Q: Who was the first American to win the Dressage World Cup finals?
A: Debbie McDonald, after the fact, when Ulla Salzgeber of Germany was disqualified in 2003 because her horse, Rusty, tested positive for a prohibited substance. He and Salzgeber had won it for the third time in a row before the result was struck from the record.

Q: Who was the only American to win the Dressage World Cup Finals in the U.S.?
A: Steffen Peters on Ravel in 2009 in Las Vegas.

Q: How many times has the Dressage World Cup Finals been held in the U.S.?
A: Four times: 1995, Los Angeles, California; and 2005, 2007 and 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada, which in 2015 will hold the fifth U.S. finals.

Q: When was Debbie McDonald’s first appearance at the World Cup finals in Las Vegas?
A: 2000—but this is a trick question, because she wasn’t competing, she was merely doing an exhibition with Brentina, since the finals only involved show jumping that year.