Brandi Roenick & Weltino’s Magic Wrap up 1st Small Tour CDI with Win at Burbank

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Brandi Roenick and Weltino's Magic. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

BURBANK, California, Feb. 24–Brandi Roenick wrapped up her first small tour CDI with Weltino’s Magic with a win in the Intermediate Freestyle¬†Sunday at the Mid Winter Dessage Fair, the first competition for the pair since sweeping the North American Young Rider Championships last July.

The 18-year-old rider and “Magic” won the Freestyle with a score of 72.350 per cent. In the Prix St. Georges won by Steffen Peters and Vaya con Dios on Friday, the pair finished fifth on 66.842 per cent and placed third in the Intermediate 1 with 66.447 per cent.

Weltino’s Magic is an 11-year-old Westfalen gelding (Weltino x Diva x Diamond Boy) and was ridden by Steffen to both team and individual gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games held at small tour. They also won the small tour at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany the same year. The horse is owned by Jen and Bruce Hlavacek of Las Vegas

Brandi, who won gold on her Pretty Lady as a junior in the North American championships, took over the ride on Magic in April, 2012, and has moved to the training center of Steffen and Shannon Peters at San Diego, California from Scottsdale, Arizona.

She plans to take the horse to Europe when Steffen travels with Legolas to some German shows later this year.

Steffen and Vaya con Dios, won both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediate 1 in the first CDI for the 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Odermus R x Liza x Glendale).

Nicknamed “Mel,” the horse was a jmper but did not like water jumps so became a dressage horse and was sent to Steffen to sell.

“A great start,” Steffen said. “I hope a sale happens much later than sooner. Mel is so much fun to ride and shows good potential for the Grand Prix arena.”