Steffen Peters & Weltino’s Magic Cast Their Spell for Sweep of Aachen Small Tour

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Steffen Peters and Weltino's Magic celebrating their sweep of the small tour at Aachen. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 16–Steffen Peters rode Weltino’s Magic,, a horse that was doubtful about coming to Germany, to victory in the Intermediaire I Saturday night to complete a sweep of the small tour at the world’s most prestigious horse show and two years after he became the first American to become Grand Prix Champion of Aachen.

Steffen, of San Diego, California, and the nine-year-old gelding owned by Jen Hlavacek, scored 73.947 per cent with Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand on Famaso second on 71.895 per cent and Germany’s Hubertus Schmidt on Imperio 3 third on 71.368 per cent.

Steffen and Magic won the Prix St. Georges–there is no freestyle at small tour–in a field of the world’s top riders and the best up-and-coming horses.

“It feels pretty amazing,” Steffen said after the competition under lights which ended in heavy rain but did not deter spectators who filled the stands in the 5,000-seat Deutsche Bank stadium.

“Any time you place at Aachen is amazing. To win in this company is incredible.”

He credited his wife, Shannon, with finding the horse and never wavering in her belief Magic would become a top international competitor, reinforced by their becoming reserve U.S. six-year-old champion.

Jen Hlavacek, standing in the rain and enjoying the success as she had never before come to Aachen, said she found it hard to believe now that she wondered about the trip and expense of sending the horse here a few weeks before the Pan American Games selection trials to be held in Gladstone, New Jersey.

“I’m glad that Jen and her husband decided to bring Weltino’s Magic here,” Steffen said.

“I’m also glad that Shannon had faith in the horse. I was not jumping up and down because I was concerned about his canter. I’m glad I listened to her. Shannon has always believed in the horse. She was right. Now I certainly believe.”

Steffen said that although he had initially not planned to ask to be excused from the selection trials for the Pan Ams to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October, he now felt Weltino’s Magic had proved himself in the toughest international competition in the world and he would talk with U.S. Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons and Chef d’Equipe Eva Salomon on options available to him.

Complete Intermediaire I results:

Judge E : Dietrich Plewa (GER)

Judge H : Mariette Withages-Dieltjens (BEL)
Judge C : Hans Christian Matthiesen (DEN)
Judge M : Mary Seefried (AUS)
Judge B : Evi Eisenhardt (GER)

Rk 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 1700 76.579 72.368 74.211 73.158 73.421 73.947
Steffen  Peters (USA)
Jen Hlavacek
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
2 Famaso – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Fuerst Heinrich x Aletto
DEN 1200 70.789 69.211 73.026 72.763 73.684 71.895
Andreas  Helgstrand (DEN)
Darkhorse
( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 1 )
3 Imperio 3 – TRAK
S \ Bay \ 2003 \ Connery x Balfour XX
GER 800 76.447 70.395 69.474 71.842 68.684 71.368
Hubertus  Schmidt (GER)
BG HLG Sc hwaiganger und Hubertus Poll
( 2 ) ( 4 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 )
4 Exquis Vivaldi – KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Krack C x Jazz
NED 600 71.184 68.947 72.632 73.684 69.474 71.184
Hans Peter  Minderhoud (NED)
Team Exquis, J.M. van / Valk, A. Uytert
( 4 ) ( 8 ) ( 3 ) ( 1 ) ( 4 )
5 Balmoral W – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 2003 \ Breitling W x Diego xx
GER 400 69.868 70.000 72.500 72.632 69.605 70.921
Brigitte  Wittig (GER)
Wolfram Wittig, Kishiko & Kuranoja Saito
( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 )
6 Der Stern – OLDBG
G \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Dormello x Sion
GER 200 71.579 71.842 70.000 72.105 68.947 70.895
Isabell  Werth (GER)
Madeleine Winter-Schulze
( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 )
7 Voice – KWPN
S \ Black \ 2002 \ de Niro x Rohdiamant
NED 150 69.605 70.921 69.605 72.237 68.553 70.184
Edward  Gal (NED)
Ivan Gisbergen & W.van Gisbergen
( 7 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 9 )
8 Blue Hors Rush Hour – OS
S \ Bay \ 2002 \ Rubin Royal x Strohmann XX
DEN 150 68.684 69.211 69.079 65.921 69.474 68.474
Sune  Hansen (DEN)
Blue Hors Aps
( 8 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 ) ( 13 ) ( 4 )
9 Belissimo NRW – RHEIN
S \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Beltain x Romadour II
AUS 150 68.684 67.763 65.000 70.789 66.842 67.816
Hayley  Beresford (AUS)
Zucht-u Sportpferde Schmidt GmbH
( 8 ) ( 10 ) ( 13 ) ( 8 ) ( 12 )
10 Dandelion 14 – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ De Niro x Figaro
GER 150 68.684 68.684 65.132 67.368 68.684 67.711
Uta  Gräf (GER)
Michael Lindsten
( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 7 )
11 Zorro 184 – FRIES
S \ Black \ 1999 \ Brandus x Pike
GER 67.632 67.237 67.368 68.421 67.500 67.632
Jessica  Süss (GER)
Jessica Suess
( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 9 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 )
12 Fürst Khevenhüller – RHEIN
G \ DarkChestnut \ 2002 \ Florestan I x Rohdiamant
GER 66.447 66.184 65.526 70.000 67.105 67.053
Helen  Langehanenberg (GER)
Sissy Max-Theurer
( 13 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 9 ) ( 11 )
13 Wellington 209 – HANN
G \ Bay \ 1995 \ Wanderer x Garibaldi II
GER 67.105 65.921 66.842 64.079 66.316 66.053
Jill  de Ridder (GER)
Gestut Moosbend Gemo AG
( 12 ) ( 13 ) ( 10 ) ( 15 ) ( 13 )
14 Fabienne – DWB
M \ Black \ 2002 \ Blue Hors Future Cup x Rubinstein
DEN 62.500 65.526 63.553 66.842 64.868 64.658
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein (DEN)
Zu Sayn Wittgenstein
( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 )
15 Diamond Girl 11 – WESTF
M \ Chestnut \ 2003 \ Diamond Hit x Liberty M
GER 62.500 64.605 58.289 64.474 60.921 62.158
Nadine  Capellmann (GER)
Nadine Capellmann
( 14 ) ( 15 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 ) ( 15 )
16 Sole Mio 5 – WESTF
M \ DarkBay \ 2004 \ Show Star x Lamoureux II
GER 59.605 59.737 59.737 62.105 59.342 60.105
Fabienne  Lütkemeier (GER)
Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier
( 16 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 16 ) ( 16 )
17 E.H. Wild Wadi – HANN
M \ Bay \ 2001 \ Weltruhm x Aderlass
ITA 23.026 19.737 20.921 19.474 20.526 ELIMINATED
Valentina  Truppa (ITA)
Angelo Gino Zambaiti
( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 )