Steffen Peters & Weltino’s Magic Top Aachen St. Georges

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Steffen Peters on Weltino's Magic celebrating victory in the Prix St. Georges at Aachen. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 13–Steffen Peters and Weltino’s Magic topped some of the world’s top riders on their best small tour horses to win the Prix St. Georges on Wednesday, the first dressage competition of the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen Wednesday. Germany’s Helen Langehanberg on Damon Hill NRW won the CDI4* Grand Prix with a score of 73.106 per cent.

Steffen, of San Diego, California, admitted the ride in a cold, steady rain was not the best he had experienced on the nine-year-old Westfalen gelding owned by Jen Hlavacek with a score of 72.579 per cent to eke out the victory over Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand on Famaso with 72.342 per cent.

Edward Gal of The Netherlands on Voice placed third on 71.763 per cent, Dutch team mate Hans Peter Minderhoud on Exquis Vivaldi was fourth on 71.500 per cent and Isabell Werth the top finishing German on Der Stern in fifth with 71.447 per cent.

Steffen and “Magic” were eighth to go in the class of 17 entries and had to wait through the second half of the competition while some of the world’s best small tour partnerships challenged his lead.

“I had a lot of horse in the first 15 minutes of the warmup which got me a little worried because he;s usually laid back,” Steffen told dressage-news.com.

“But he came into this stadium bigger than anything he’s ever been in before and full of people and was a little starstruck for a few seconds.”

But Magic settled down and the highlights of the rider were easy extended canter, clean changes and the usual good walk that, Steffen said, he’s glad the judges in Europe also appreciated.

“It was a very good competition with some of the best riders in the world and wonderful horses,” he said.

“It is nice to see that Magic can keep up with the best in the world.”

Steffen said, though, that the pair had better tests and despite a small bobble in the extended trot, “hopefully we can do better in the Intermediaire Saturday night.”

After Aachen, Weltino’s Magic will next compete in the Pan American Games qualifying competition at Gladstone, New Jersey in September. He said he will not seek a bye from the qualifier, which he received on Ravel in 2010 at the qualifying competition for the World Equestrian Games.

Steffen said that if Magic qualifies for the U.S. team for the Pan Ams he will take Ravel to Gladstone with him to maintain his training and fitness.

No matter where he appears or the weather, Totilas, the superstar stallion, grabs attention. Here is being jogged by Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany at the veterinary check for the CDIO Nations Cup. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com



Grand Prix CDI4*

Judge E : Wojtek Markowski (POL)
Judge H : Stephen Clarke (GBR)
Judge C : Dietrich Plewa (GER)
Judge M : Mariette Withages-Dieltjens (BEL)
Judge B : Wim Ernes (NED)

Rk HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
EUR E H C M B %
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Damon Hill NRW – WESTF
S \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ Donnerhall x Rubinstein I
GER 3200 72.553 73.085 76.170 70.319 73.404 73.106
Helen  Langehanenberg (GER)
Christian Becks
( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 )
2 Warum Nicht FRH – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 1996 \ Weltmeyer x Wenzel I
GER 2000 71.383 73.617 73.511 73.830 72.234 72.915
Isabell  Werth (GER)
Madeleine Winter-Schulze, Brigitte Werth
( 3 ) ( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
3 Exquis Nadine – KWPN
M \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ TCN Partout x Roemer
NED 1400 72.021 72.234 74.149 68.830 72.234 71.894
Hans Peter  Minderhoud (NED)
Team Exquis
( 2 ) ( 4 ) ( 2 ) ( 6 ) ( 2 )
4 Andretti H – HANN
G \ Bay \ 1995 \ Aarking xx x Cavalier
GBR 1000 69.468 73.298 72.021 70.213 72.234 71.447
Laura  Bechtolsheimer (GBR)
Dr Wilfried+Ursula Bechtolsheimer
( 6 ) ( 2 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 )
5 Elvis VA – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 1996 \ Espri x Garibaldi II
GER 700 70.638 71.277 72.447 69.787 69.255 70.681
Nadine  Capellmann (GER)
Nadine Capellmann
( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 )
6 Valentino G – KWPN
G \ DarkBay \ 2002 \ Ferro x Damiro
GER 600 70.000 70.851 72.021 68.404 71.809 70.617
Hubertus  Schmidt (GER)
Joachim Arl
( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 9 ) ( 5 )
7 Rubins Royal – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 1997 \ Rubinstein I x Vargas xx
GER 400 67.021 70.851 68.936 68.617 68.617 68.809
Anabel  Balkenhol (GER)
Klaus Balkenhol
( 11 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 )
8 D´Agostino 5 – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Shogun xx
GER 300 67.553 68.723 68.298 68.830 69.255 68.532
Fabienne  Lütkemeier (GER)
Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier
( 8 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 )
9 Whisper – BAWUE
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Welt Hit I x Weltstar
GER 200 65.851 69.787 69.574 69.149 66.596 68.191
Monica  Theodorescu (GER)
Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff
( 13 ) ( 9 ) ( 7 ) ( 5 ) ( 10 )
10 Skovlunds Más Guapo – DWB
G \ Black \ 1998 \ Master x Cannon Row xx
FIN 100 68.723 70.319 68.617 66.064 66.277 68.000
Mikaela  Lindh (FIN)
Dressurstald Solyst & Mikaela Lindh, Dressurstald Solyst
( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 )
11 Biagiotti WW – OLDBG
M \ DarkBay \ 2000 \ Breitling x Diego XX
GER 100 67.447 66.915 67.234 67.553 67.979 67.426
Brigitte  Wittig (GER)
Wolfram Wittig
( 10 ) ( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 )
12 Martini – PHBA
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Deryl SP x Madryt
POL 67.553 66.383 65.000 66.915 66.064 66.383
Beata  Stremler (POL)
Inter-Api Sp. z o.o.
( 8 ) ( 14 ) ( 17 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 )
13 Le Noir – HOLST
S \ Black \ 2000 \ Leandro x Caletto I
GER 66.809 67.128 68.085 64.255 64.787 66.213
Uta  Gräf (GER)
Christiane Herzog
( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 15 ) ( 16 )
14 Smeyers Molberg – DWB
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Michellino x Rambo
SUI 64.468 66.383 65.957 63.404 66.064 65.255
Marcela  Krinke Susmelj (SUI)
Meyer Irene + Krinke Susmelj Marcela
( 17 ) ( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 18 ) ( 12 )
15 Chablis – DWB
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Castro x Leonardo II
ITA 65.532 63.511 65.213 65.957 65.000 65.043
Valentina  Truppa (ITA)
Scorpio SRL
( 15 ) ( 20 ) ( 15 ) ( 13 ) ( 14 )
16 Don Auriello – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Don Davidoff x White Star
SWE 65.745 66.489 67.128 62.979 62.234 64.915
Tinne  Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE)
Lövsta Stuteri
( 14 ) ( 13 ) ( 13 ) ( 19 ) ( 21 )
17 Rubel – OLDBG
G \ Black \ 1995 \ Rubinstein I x Tin Rocco
BEL 65.106 64.043 65.213 63.723 62.447 64.106
Fanny  Verliefden (BEL)
Fanny Verliefden
( 16 ) ( 19 ) ( 15 ) ( 17 ) ( 20 )
18 Pro – Set – KWPN
S \ Bay \ 1997 \ Jet-Set D x Flemmingh
NOR 64.043 65.000 62.979 62.766 64.894 63.936
Lillann  Jebsen (NOR)
Jebsen / Sommerschield Family
( 18 ) ( 17 ) ( 19 ) ( 20 ) ( 15 )
19 BMC Miciano – WESTF
G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Medici x Dialekt
NED 62.447 64.255 62.766 64.681 64.468 63.723
Marlies  van Baalen (NED)
J.M.J. van Baalen-Dorresteyn & J. Hinneman
( 19 ) ( 18 ) ( 21 ) ( 14 ) ( 17 )
20 Polka Hit Nexen – DWB
M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Sandro Hit x Temple Wind
DEN 60.319 63.511 64.362 64.149 64.362 63.340
Andreas  Helgstrand (DEN)
Frederikshvile A/s Berit Nielsen
( 23 ) ( 20 ) ( 18 ) ( 16 ) ( 18 )
21 Ciowa – HANN
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Cheenok x Wittelsbach
ESP 60.745 65.957 61.809 61.277 61.489 62.255
Carmen  Naesgaard (ESP)
Carmen Naesgaard, Rodriguez Passclas
( 22 ) ( 16 ) ( 22 ) ( 21 ) ( 22 )
22 Duke – HANN
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ de Niro x Fabriano
ESP 60.957 62.340 62.979 61.064 62.553 61.979
Antonio  Diaz Porras (ESP)
Fundacion Escuela de Equitacion de Madrid
( 21 ) ( 23 ) ( 19 ) ( 22 ) ( 19 )
23 Umbro – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Jazz x Juventus
AUS 62.340 63.511 60.638 60.851 57.340 60.936
Mary  Hanna (AUS)
Mary and Rob Hanna
( 20 ) ( 20 ) ( 23 ) ( 23 ) ( 23 )

Prix St. Georges results:

Judge E : Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
Judge H : Evi Eisenhardt (GER)
Judge C : Dietrich Plewa (GER)
Judge M : Mary Seefried (AUS)
Judge B : Hans Christian Matthiesen (DEN)

Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
EUR E H C M B %
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Weltino´s Magic – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Weltino x Diamond Boy
USA 1000 71.053 73.553 72.632 75.000 70.658 72.579
Steffen  Peters (USA)
Jen Hlavacek
( 4 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 4 )
2 Famaso – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Fuerst Heinrich x Aletto
DEN 600 70.132 73.158 72.368 72.500 73.553 72.342
Andreas  Helgstrand (DEN)
Darkhorse
( 5 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 1 )
3 Voice – KWPN
S \ Black \ 2002 \ de Niro x Rohdiamant
NED 450 70.132 71.711 71.316 73.158 72.500 71.763
Edward  Gal (NED)
Ivan Gisbergen & W.van Gisbergen
( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
4 Exquis Vivaldi – KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Krack C x Jazz
NED 300 72.105 71.842 71.053 71.184 71.316 71.500
Hans Peter  Minderhoud (NED)
Team Exquis, J.M. van / Valk, A. Uytert
( 2 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 )
5 Der Stern – OLDBG
G \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Dormello x Sion
GER 170 74.868 71.184 72.368 71.184 67.632 71.447
Isabell  Werth (GER)
Madeleine Winter-Schulze
( 1 ) ( 8 ) ( 2 ) ( 4 ) ( 7 )
6 Blue Hors Rush Hour – OS
S \ Bay \ 2002 \ Rubin Royal x Strohmann XX
DEN 120 71.842 71.579 70.526 70.000 70.263 70.842
Sune  Hansen (DEN)
Blue Hors Aps
( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 ) ( 5 )
7 Balmoral W – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 2003 \ Breitling W x Diego xx
GER 90 66.974 72.895 66.316 71.053 69.079 69.263
Brigitte  Wittig (GER)
Wolfram Wittig, Kishiko & Kuranoja Saito
( 12 ) ( 3 ) ( 11 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 )
8 Fürst Khevenhüller – RHEIN
G \ DarkChestnut \ 2002 \ Florestan I x Rohdiamant
GER 90 67.632 71.316 68.421 71.053 67.500 69.184
Helen  Langehanenberg (GER)
Sissy Max-Theurer
( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 )
9 Dandelion 14 – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ De Niro x Figaro
GER 90 67.763 71.184 67.105 68.947 66.316 68.263
Uta  Gräf (GER)
Michael Lindsten
( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 )
10 Imperio 3 – TRAK
S \ Bay \ 2003 \ Connery x Balfour XX
GER 90 67.105 66.053 68.421 69.737 67.237 67.711
Hubertus  Schmidt (GER)
BG HLG Sc hwaiganger und Hubertus Poll
( 11 ) ( 13 ) ( 7 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 )
11 Diamond Girl 11 – WESTF
M \ Chestnut \ 2003 \ Diamond Hit x Liberty M
GER 67.500 68.816 66.579 68.684 64.474 67.211
Nadine  Capellmann (GER)
Nadine Capellmann
( 9 ) ( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 )
12 Zorro 184 – FRIES
S \ Black \ 1999 \ Brandus x Pike
GER 67.500 67.105 66.316 67.895 66.053 66.974
Jessica  Süss (GER)
Jessica Suess
( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 )
13 Fabienne – DWB
M \ Black \ 2002 \ Blue Hors Future Cup x Rubinstein
DEN 63.026 66.053 63.947 67.763 64.079 64.974
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein (DEN)
Zu Sayn Wittgenstein
( 14 ) ( 13 ) ( 14 ) ( 13 ) ( 14 )
14 E.H. Wild Wadi – HANN
M \ Bay \ 2001 \ Weltruhm x Aderlass
ITA 63.026 68.947 64.474 64.737 61.447 64.526
Valentina  Truppa (ITA)
Angelo Gino Zambaiti
( 14 ) ( 10 ) ( 13 ) ( 15 ) ( 17 )
15 Belissimo NRW – RHEIN
S \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Beltain x Romadour II
AUS 64.474 64.737 63.158 64.342 64.342 64.211
Hayley  Beresford (AUS)
Zucht-u Sportpferde Schmidt GmbH
( 13 ) ( 15 ) ( 16 ) ( 16 ) ( 13 )
16 Sole Mio 5 – WESTF
M \ DarkBay \ 2004 \ Show Star x Lamoureux II
GER 61.184 64.342 63.421 66.053 63.158 63.632
Fabienne  Lütkemeier (GER)
Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier
( 16 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 15 )
17 Wellington 209 – HANN
G \ Bay \ 1995 \ Wanderer x Garibaldi II
GER 60.789 61.974 60.263 62.895 62.895 61.763
Jill  de Ridder (GER)
Gestut Moosbend Gemo AG
( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 16 )