Rosamunde Celebrates 1st Year at Big Tour With Victory in Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 13, 2016–Steffen Peters rode Rosamunde in the first anniversary of their Big Tour career for a victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday.
Steffen and the nine-year-old Rhinelander ranked 18th in the world scored 73.333 per cent in what was their 12th victory in 16 starts at Grand Prix since beginning the Big Tour at this same Palm Beach International Equestrian Center a year ago.
Kasey Perry-Glass in only the second CDI Special on her Dublet was runner-up on 71.353 per cent.
The Florida-based Spanish teenage superstar Juan Matute, Jr. on Quantico Ymas was third on 68.725 per cent in what was the pair’s first senior Grand Prix after a warm-up Under-25 Grand Prix two weeks ago.
Rosamunde was “clearly improving,” Steffen said, and mistakes “were silly little things” to be fixed.
This ride, after Friday night’s third place on Legolas in the CDI5* Freestyle, “was important to go in and do our best as these two young people next to me”–pointing to Kasey Perry-Glass and Juan Matute–would go in and try to beat me.”
“We have our work cut out with Legolas,” he said. “We need to expose him to more arenas like this.”
The recent change in the rules that allows ear muffs for horses could help protect against sound, he said, that has an effect on Legolas.
“Rosie needs to get stronger,” said Steffen of San Diego, California. “We have a nice fitness program.
“It’s always easy to think of improving, but maintaining is important. I believe in bubble wrapping.”
The 28-year-old Kasey Perry-Glass who moved from California to Florida to pursue dressage said that the warm-up for the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding was the best she had ever felt with him.
“He was focused and relaxed but hot at the same time,” she said and described the mistakes as “pilot error.”
An error in the tempi-changes was caused by too strong an aid, she said, but “it’s a learning process” with Dublet that she competed in Europe last summer and began his international Grand Prix career in January.
“It’s now me riding it (being hot) and channeling it, knowing not have too strong an aid, just be softer.”
The 18-year-old Juan Matute, Jr., son of the Spanish Olympian Juan Matute, said that Quantico from jumping bloodlines “is very sensitive.”