USA’s Steffen Peters Performs “Best Ride So Far” on Rosamunde to Win Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix

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Steffen Peters on Rosamunde on their way to victory in the Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters on Rosamunde on their way to victory in the Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 24, 2016–Steffen Peters and Rosamunde won the CDI3* Grand Prix Friday with what the American declared as the “best ride” on the nine-year-old mare while team mate Allison Brock on Rosevelt placed third.

Steffen and the Westfalen mare ranked 17th in the world scored 75.920 per cent that was their second highest score, surpassed only by 76.820 per cent posted at Burbank, California five months ago and 17 months since launching their Big Tour career.

Emmelie Scholtens of the Netherlands on Apache placed second on 75.780 per cent.

Allison Brock on Rosevelt was third on 73.860 per cent, a performance that likely assures her to be one of four riders and horses plus a reserve combination to be selected for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in six weeks.

Allison Brock on Rosevelt in extended trot in the Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Allison Brock on Rosevelt in extended trot in the Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The team will be selected early next week.

Steffen most likely will be selected for the U.S. Olympic team on Legolas, his more experienced mount and like Rosamunde owned by Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang.

Clearly excited with the performance in the tree-shrouded competition arena where spectators and photographers are almost at the edge of the ring and a helicopter hovered overhead throughout the rides of both American riders, Steffen said that he had ridden conservatively in his first selection competition at Roosendaal, Netherlands three weeks ago. After arriving from California “Rosie” had so much energy she needed to be calmed down.

Emmilie Scholtens on Apache in the Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Emmilie Scholtens on Apache in the Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“Today she was exactly like she is at home. There was no need to ride conservatively and I went for it and everything worked out. It was clearly the best test she has done so far,” Steffen told dressage-news.com.

Steffen credited the stage of Rosamunde’s training for producing these results.

“I’m not exaggerating, we spend hours walking her because she can get so excited in anticipation of the first passage and piaffe; we spend hours in extended walk, collected walk in the snaffle, stretching her. She’s one of those horses you simple can’t get tired, not that I would even go there. But it’s just the walk that she needs to settle down and today she did.

“…all of nine years old…pretty amazing.”

Steffen said he heard the helicopter leaving the warmup arena that was indoors, but Rosamunde did not and it clearly did not bother her.

Ali Brock who rides Rosevelt, also nicknamed “Rosie,” and owned by Fritz and Claudine Kundrun produced another performance that meets the by-word for the pair, “consistent.”

“I had a little bit more horse than I expected,”Ali said later. “I could hardly hold him in the extended trots, though I’m not complaining about that. We’ve shortened out warm-up after that worked well in Wellington and France.

“He’s become this very reliable, consistent guy who knows his job.

“One of the happiest things for me is that he walks out of the arena on the buckle with a big smile on his face knowing he’s done a good job.”

Arlene "Tuny" Page on Woodstock in the Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Arlene “Tuny” Page on Woodstock in the Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Other Americans competing in the CDI3* as part of the Olympic selection process were Arlene “Tuny” Page on Woodstock scored at 70.000 per cent for ninth place, Shelly Francis on Danilo with 69.580 per cent for 10th and Günter Seidel on Zero Gravity on 66.340 per cent in 23rd.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

RANK HNR COMPETITOR NATION E H C M B TOTAL

Placed competitors

1. 268 ROSAMUNDE Steffen PETERS USA 76.100 % 75.100 % 76.100 % 74.600 % 77.700 % 75.920 %
2200 EUR
RHEIN / Mare / 2007 / ROCK FOREVER / FOUR WINDS FARM (1.) (4.) (1.) (1.) (1.)
2. 278 APACHE Emmelie SCHOLTENS NED 75.200 % 79.100 % 75.900 % 72.800 % 75.900 % 75.780 %
1700 EUR
KWPN / Stallion / 2005 / UB 40 / A. Valk (2.) (1.) (2.) (3.) (2.)
3. 251 ROSEVELT Allison M BROCK USA 74.400 % 76.000 % 73.800 % 72.300 % 72.800 % 73.860 %
1300 EUR
UN / Stallion / 2002 / ROTSPON / CLAUDINE & FRITZ KUNDRUN (3.) (2.) (3.) (4.) (5.)
4. 272 DANTE WELTINO OLD Therese NILSHAGEN SWE 72.800 % 74.500 % 73.300 % 73.400 % 73.500 % 73.500 %
800 EUR
OLDBG / Stallion / 2007 / Danone / Dressurpferde Leistungsz + T. Nilshagen (5.) (5.) (4.) (2.) (3.)
5. 357 CENNIN Madeleine WITTE-VREES NED 71.900 % 73.200 % 71.300 % 71.300 % 73.500 % 72.240 %
500 EUR
KWPN / Stallion / 2007 / Vivaldi / N.F. Witte & J.E.J. Cuppen (6.) (6.) (8.) (6.) (3.)
6. 307 AQIEDO Adelinde CORNELISSEN NED 70.300 % 75.300 % 71.500 % 71.500 % 72.100 % 72.140 %
100 EUR
KWPN / Stallion / 2005 / Undigo / A. van Manen & A. Cornelissen (8.) (3.) (7.) (5.) (6.)
7. 355 DU SOLEIL Kristy OATLEY AUS 73.100 % 71.300 % 71.600 % 69.100 % 71.500 % 71.320 %
100 EUR
HANN / Gelding / 2004 / De Niro / Oatley, Rosalind (4.) (8.) (6.) (11.) (7.)
8. 325 JIMMIE CHOO SEQ Mads HENDELIOWITZ SWE 69.500 % 71.900 % 72.000 % 70.100 % 68.400 % 70.380 %
100 EUR
OLDBG / Stallion / 2004 / Sandro Hit / Segersta Equestrian (9.) (7.) (5.) (7.) (13.)
9. 343 WOODSTOCK Arlène PAGE USA 71.000 % 69.100 % 70.600 % 69.700 % 69.600 % 70.000 %
100 EUR
KWPN / Gelding / 2003 / HAVEL / ARLENE PAGE (7.) (16.) (9.) (9.) (11.)
10. 312 DANILO Shelly FRANCIS USA 68.400 % 70.000 % 70.400 % 68.400 % 70.700 % 69.580 %
100 EUR
HANN / Gelding / 2004 / DE NIRO / PATRICIA A. STEMPEL (12.) (12.) (11.) (14.) (8.)

Total: 7,000.00 EUR

Other, non-placed competitors

11. 337 ZINIDI Marlies VAN BAALEN NED 69.400 % 71.200 % 68.300 % 66.800 % 70.200 % 69.180 %
KWPN / Stallion / 2004 / Gribaldi / Dressuurstal van Baalen & T. de Vries (10.) (9.) (18.) (22.) (9.)
12. 298 THRILLER Katja GEVERS NED 66.700 % 69.500 % 70.500 % 70.100 % 68.100 % 68.980 %
KWPN / Gelding / 2000 / Gribaldi / Dhr. R. Gevers (17.) (14.) (10.) (7.) (14.)
13. 341 SANDRO BOY 9 Lyndal OATLEY AUS 68.600 % 68.500 % 70.400 % 67.300 % 69.200 % 68.800 %
OLDBG / Gelding / 2001 / Sandro Hit / Oatley, Carol u. Andrew (11.) (19.) (11.) (21.) (12.)
14. 305 BENETTON DREAM FRH 1301 Tinne VILHELMSON SILFVÉN SWE 66.700 % 70.200 % 69.300 % 68.400 % 66.600 % 68.240 %
HANN / Stallion / 2004 / Brentano II / Lövsta Stuteri AB (17.) (10.) (14.) (14.) (20.)
15. 356 XAMA DOS PINHAIS João Victor MARCARI OLIVA BRA 67.900 % 69.000 % 68.600 % 68.400 % 66.500 % 68.080 %
UN / Gelding / 2002 / / JOSÉ VICTOR OLIVA JR (14.) (17.) (15.) (14.) (21.)
16. 270 ZAMACHO Z Jill HUYBREGTS NED 65.800 % 70.100 % 67.900 % 69.500 % 67.000 % 68.060 %
KWPN / Gelding / 2004 / ROUSSEAU / C.C.W. HUIJBREGTS (23.) (11.) (19.) (10.) (16.)
17. 264 BOOGIE WOOGIE 6 Mary HANNA AUS 66.800 % 69.200 % 68.400 % 65.700 % 69.900 % 68.000 %
KWPN / Gelding / 2006 / Du Moulin / Hanna, Mary u.Rob (16.) (15.) (17.) (23.) (10.)
18. 327 DP WELTMIESER Brett PARBERY AUS 68.100 % 67.800 % 68.500 % 68.700 % 66.800 % 67.980 %
UN / Gelding / 2002 / Weltmeyer / Suasan Duddy (13.) (21.) (16.) (12.) (17.)
19. 349 VANCOUVER K Judy REYNOLDS IRL 67.900 % 67.400 % 69.600 % 67.700 % 66.700 % 67.860 %
KWPN / Gelding / 2002 / Jazz / Joe & Kathleen Reynolds (14.) (23.) (13.) (18.) (18.)
20. 347 ZANYO Stephanie DE FREL NED 66.200 % 68.000 % 67.200 % 68.600 % 66.000 % 67.200 %
KWPN / Gelding / 2004 / Turbo Magic / VMF Stables & L. van Oosten (20.) (20.) (21.) (13.) (23.)
21. 322 MARAKOV Michael George EILBERG GBR 65.600 % 69.600 % 67.700 % 68.200 % 64.200 % 67.060 %
UN / Gelding / 2000 / Rufs / Mr F Eilberg (24.) (13.) (20.) (17.) (28.)
22. 262 TIN TIN Claudia DORPMANS BEL 66.400 % 67.600 % 66.400 % 67.500 % 66.500 % 66.880 %
KWPN / Gelding / 2000 / / Claudia Dorpmans (19.) (22.) (22.) (19.) (21.)
23. 296 ZERO GRAVITY Günter SEIDEL USA 66.000 % 66.900 % 65.500 % 67.500 % 65.800 % 66.340 %
KWPN / Gelding / 2004 / ROYAL HIT / JAMES & CHARLOTTE MASHBURN (22.) (24.) (25.) (19.) (24.)
24. 329 ZIPPO Patrick VAN DER MEER NED 66.100 % 68.700 % 66.000 % 63.400 % 66.700 % 66.180 %
KWPN / Gelding / 2004 / Rousseau / Trainingsstal De Hoeve (21.) (18.) (23.) (25.) (18.)
25. 286 EQUITAGO ZANDOR Norma PAOLI ITA 65.100 % 65.900 % 65.900 % 64.800 % 64.800 % 65.300 %
KWPN / Gelding / 2004 / FLORENCIO / EQUITAGO srl (26.) (27.) (24.) (24.) (26.)
26. 280 DIAMANTINA 4 Maree TOMKINSON AUS 64.000 % 66.000 % 63.500 % 62.000 % 67.700 % 64.640 %
OLDBG / Mare / 2002 / Diamond Hit / Maree Tomkinson & Lyn Sultana (27.) (26.) (27.) (28.) (15.)
27. 274 GINSENGUE Nicole FAVEREAU FRA 63.000 % 66.900 % 64.400 % 62.600 % 65.100 % 64.400 %
BWP / Mare / 2006 / WELT HIT II / Mme NICOLE FAVEREAU et M. Jean-Marc FAVEREAU (28.) (24.) (26.) (27.) (25.)
28. 310 REMMINGTON Suzanne HEARN AUS 65.400 % 65.000 % 63.500 % 63.200 % 64.600 % 64.340 %
UN / Gelding / 2002 / RIVER DANCE / Suzanne Hearn & Joady Artup (25.) (28.) (27.) (26.) (27.)