Steffen Peters & Legolas Win Grand Prix at Rain-Soaked Del Mar CDI3*
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 put behind them the “nightmare” of missed flying changes to have one of the best rides starting the second year of competing the 11-year-old Westfalen gelding to capture the CDI3* Grand Prix at rain-soaked Del Mar, California Friday.
In their 11th CDI start in the year since Legolas (Laomedon x Furstin x Florestan II) was bought by Akiko Yamazaki as a successor to her Ravel, the pair were awarded 74.064 per cent.
Günter Seidel of Cardiff, California and Coral Reef Wylea in only their second CDI scored 69.064 per cent for second place and David Blake of San Diego, California and Ikaros placed third on 67.277 per cent.
More than two inches (50mm) of rain overnight washed out competition in outdoor arenas but organizers moved several classes into the indoor arena between CDI events and competitions continued into the evening.
“It was honestly one of best rides I had with Legolas,” Steffen of San Diego told dressage-news.com. “It was a clean test. I’m so happy we did the one tempis. I’m extremely happy with him.”
The one-tempi changes in previous competitions, he admitted, “was a nightmare, to the point that for a few weeks I thought it was not going to happen. I was so nervous about making a mistake.
“Right now we’re at a confidence level that I hope will continue so there is less tension in the canter and that will carry through to the flying changes.
“I might have some sleepless nights, but no more nightmares.”
Steffen and Legolas are scheduled to compete at the $120,000 CDI5* at the Global Dressage Festival at the end of March before heading to Europe to show at Horses & Dream in Hagen, Germany. The event is organized by Ullrich Kasselmann of Performance Sales International, who trained Legolas to Grand Prix.
“If I go to Florida and have the exact same test and duplicate it in Hagen I will be extremely happy,” he said. “At this stage of his training I could not ask for more.”
In the Prix St. Georges, Steffen rode Vaya con Dios to the win with a score of 72.132 per cent with Brandi Roenick, now based at Steffen and Shannon Peters barn, and Pretty Lady second on 66.132 per cent and Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Descartes third on 65.447 per cent.
|Grand Prix Test – 3/8/2013|
|E; McDonald (USA) H: Lopez (POR) C:Jena (SWE) M: Zang (USA) B: Macartney (CAN)