Family of Vermont equestrian speaks about their daughter’s Olympic achievment

Family of Vermont equestrian speaks about their daughter’s Olympic achievment


SHE’S BRINGING HOME A BRONZE FROM RIO. NBC’S HELENA BATTIPAGLIA TALKED TO LAURA’S PROUD MOTHER.>>18 YEARS LATER, EQUESTRIAN LAURA GRAVES IS LIVING OUT HER DREAM IN RIO.>>SHE HAS BEEN CHASING THIS HARD.>>ON FRIDAY, SHE AND HER HORSE VERDADAS, WHICH SHE CALLS DIDDY, LED THE U.S. DRESSAGE TEAM TO BRONZE MEDAL FINISH IN THE GRAND PRIX SPECIAL.>>IT’S VERY EMOTIONAL.>>LAURA’S MOTHER FREDDIE SAYS THAT INSTRUCTORS NOTICED RGW NOW 29-YEAR-OLD’S KNACK FOR RIDING FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.>>HER FIRST LESSON, SHE SAID SHE CAN RIDE.>>WHEN SHE WAS 14, THE FAMILY DECIDED TO BUY LAURA HER OWN HORSE. THAT DIFFICULT HORSE WAS DIDDY>>HE WAS VERY PARTICULAR AND WOULDN’T LET ANYONE ELSE ON HIS BACK, EVEN ME.>>FREDDIE SAY S DIDDY WAS ALWAYS SKITTISH, BUT IMMEDIATELY HE AND LAURA HAD A UNIQUE CONNECTION TO LAURA.>>THAT BOND GETS MORE FIRMLY CEMENTED EVERY DAY. SHE SAYS THAT BOND WAS CRUCIAL IN ORDER FOR LAURA TO BE A SUCCESSFUL RIDER.>>TO HAVE A CONNECTION WITH YOUR HORSE , IT IS WHAT THEY DO. THEY HAVE TO BE SO SENSITIVE TO FEEL WHAT THE HORSE NEEDS.>>FREDDIE SAYS WATCHING ALL OF HER DAUGHTER AND DIDDY’S HARD WORK IS A SOURCE OF TREMENDOUS PRIDE.

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