Steffen Peters & Vaya Con Dios Dominate Mid Winter Dressage Fair CDI3* Small Tour

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Vaya Con Dios performing pirouette ridden by Steffen Peters in Intermediaite I at Mid Winter Dressage Fair CDI3*.

BURBANK, California, Feb. 23–Steffen Peters and Vaya Con Dios dominated the small tour at the Mid Winter Dressage Fair CDI3* winning the Intermediate I Saturday. a day after taking the Prix St. Georges.

Steffen, of San Diego, California, has been competing the 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Odermus R x Liza x Glendale) only since last September and scored 69.956 per cent in the I-1. The pair posted a result of 72.061 per cent in the Prix St. Georges a day earlier.

The horse is owned and had been competed by Paula Howard.

Jan Ebeling, of Moorpark, California, a team mate of Steffen’s at last year’s Olympics in London, rode Descartes, a 12-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Cathy Shelton, to second place with 67.281. In the St. Georges they were also second with 68.904 per cent.

Brandi Roenick, the Young Rider who moved to California from Scottsdale, Arizona, to work with Steffen, rode Weltino’s Magic to third place in the I-! on 66.447 per cent. Brandi is leasing the horse on which Steffen won team and individual gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games competed at small tour as well as winning the small tour title at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany.

Günter Seidel rode Coral Reef Wylea to victory in the Grand Prix Secial with a score of 71.313 per cent capping their debut at a CDI following a win with 70.021 per cent in the Grand Prix a day earlier.

The 13-year-old mare arrived in the United States less than three months ago as an American championship team prospect.

Wylea was formerly named Winci and ridden in a handful of shows in Germany by Anabel Balkenhol, the daughter of Klaus Balkenhol, the German Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. team coach with whom Günter has worked for several years.

Gwendolyn Sontheim Meyer and her Coral Reef Ranch of Rancho Santa Fe, the same Southern California community where Günter has based his horses for many years, bought the horse late last year for the German-born rider to develop as a prospect for U.S. championships teams.