Steffen Peters Does It Again With Rosamunde Winning Burbank CDI-W Grand Prix Special With Personal Best

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Steffen Peters riding Rosamunde. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters riding Rosamunde. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Jan. 31, 2016

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Steffen Peters and Rosamunde produced another personal best result of almost 79 per cent in the Grand Prix Special, the fourth new mark for the American rider in competing both Legolas and the nine-year-old mare at the LA Winter World Cup event in Burbank, California.

Steffen, of San Diego, California and Rosamunde scored 78.827 per cent for the win with Canada’s Joni Lynn Peters on Travolta second at 66.196 per cent and the USA’s Mark Carter on Bellino third on 64.765 per cent. Sandra Hotz of the U.S. awarded the pair 80.980 per cent, Cara Whitham of Canada giving them 79.216 per cent and Bo Jena of Sweden 79.188 per cent.

Steffen described Rosamunde’s ride as “clearly better” than in the Grand Prix Friday when he rode both horses to personal best scores for first and second places then followed up with a personal best on Legolas in the Freestyle on Saturday.

This was the first show of this Olympic year as Steffen prepares Legolas that he is ranked No. 7 in the world and Rosamunde, ranked No. 23 for United States team selection trials that will go to Europe after the California and Florida circuits before the team of four horses and riders head to Rio de Janeiro for the dressage competition in August.

“She had lots of energy and did better piaffe-passage transitions,” Steffen told dressage-news.com after the ride at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. “Very expressive trot and passage work. I started the second pirouette too late. Rosie had so much energy after the one-tempis down the centerline it took me just a little too long to prepare for the right pirouette and it ended up too big.

“Rosie was clearly better than in the Grand Prix, which was already a wonderful test.”

Since beginning Big Tour a year ago, Steffen and Rosamunde, a Rhinelander mare, who was then eight years old, started 12 times in the United States and Europe in 2015, never scoring below 70 per cent at any of the three Grand Prix levels. Their previous best score in the Special was 75.863 in California last winter.

In two weeks both Legolas and Rosamunde will be at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival competing in the CDI5*/3* competitions in Wellington, Florida. Rosamunde began her Big Tour career at the same show a year ago.

Legolas will compete in the CDI5* in which 34 combinations are entered while Rosamunde will be in the CDI3* for which 41 horses and riders are entered. Twenty nations will be represented in the two Big Tour classes.

Results:
CDI-W Grand Prix Special