Steffen Peters & Rosamunde, Ashley Holzer & Havanna One-Two for USA in Leudelange CDI4* Grand Prix
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LEUDELANGE, Luxembourg, July 6, 2017–Steffen Peters on Rosamunde and Ashley Holzer on Havanna made it one-two in the CDI4* Grand Prix Friday, at the second of three European events to select the American team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in two months.
Steffen and the 11-year-old Rhinelander mare were awarded 75.652 per cent, the highest score for the pair in two years.
Ashley and Havanna, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, placed second on 71.935 per cent.
Luxembourg’s Sascha Schulz on Dragao was third on 71.913 per cent.
“Rosie was today even better than in Rotterdam,” Steffen told dressage-news.com. “A clean test with a lot of controlled power. A few nines on the trot extensions and canter pirouettes.
“This is exactly the feeling I was looking for. And I hope that Rosie and I can support the US team with another ride like this in Aachen.”
Ashley, the Canadian Olympian who now rides for the United States and is on her first American team tour, said:
“The US program has been so helpful. It truly has made all the difference. She is really improving with Robert’s (Dover) and Debbie’s (McDonald) help. The support we as US riders receive is over the top.”
The results came two weeks before the premier World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany that will decide the four combinations for The Dutta Corp. team to start at Tryon with the goal of returning to the medals podium for the first time since 2006 at a WEG that are held once every four years.
And the initial results here reversed the scoring at Rotterdam, Netherlands where two judges–Holland’s Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel and Finland’s Maria Colliander between them placed American riders last by significant margins in both the CDIO5* Nations Cup and the CDI3* Grand Prix.
Laura Graves who was to compete her world No. 2 mount Verdades here opted to focus on training at the American base in Belgium ahead of Aachen where in 2017 she became the first and still only combination to beat world No. 1 Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD since the 2016 Olympics. The American pair did it in the Grand Prix Special, then repeated the feat in the Grand Prix at the World Cup Final in Paris in April–still the only pair to best Germany’s top partnership.
Laura and Verdades have ranked in the world’s top five for almost two years, longer than any other American combination since the current world ranking format was impemented more than a decade ago.
For Steffen of San Diego, California and Rosamunde, the victory came in the fifth year of international competition for the duo ranked 26th in the world. Rosamunde was given a break of several months after the World Cup in Omaha, Nebraska in 2017 and has returned this year appearing likely to go to his fourth straight world championships–winning team bronze in 2006 and individual and freestyle bronze in 2010.
CDI4* Grand Prix
|Pl.||Nat.||Rider||Horse Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner||E||H||C||M||B|
|1||USA||Rosamunde Mare / RHEIN / Bay / 2007 / Rock Forever x Fidermark / Hannelore Koch, Nümbrecht / Four Winds Farm||75.870 1||73.913 1||74.891 1||75.652 1||77.935 1||75.652|
|2||USA||Havanna 145 Mare / HANN / Bay / 2007 / Hochadel x Rodgau / Walter Robert / Diane Fellows||73.261 2||70.000 4||70.217 5||72.174 3||74.022 2||71.935|
|3||LUX||Dragao Stallion / LUSIT / Ruça / 2008 / Unico / / Dressage Grand-Ducal||73.043 3||70.761 2||71.7392||71.6304||72.3913||71.913|
|4||POR||Coroado Stallion / LUSIT / Ruça / 2007 / Rubi / Coudelaria De Alter / Juan Manuel Cordeiro||66.957 11||70.652 3||71.304 3||71.196 5||70.870 4||70.196|
|5||BEL||Aranco V Stallion / KWPN / Bay / 2005 / Ferro x G.Ramiro Z / P. Van De Vleuten, Sint-Oedenrode / Isabel Cool||67.826 8||69.130 5||70.978 4||72.283 2||69.348 5||69.913|
|6||NED||Asther de Jeu Mare / KWPN / Darkbay / 2005 / Contango x Jazz / Emmy De Jeu, Oosterstreek / A.F.M. Visser- V.D. Meulen||69.457 6||69.130 5||67.826 7||69.348 7||67.609 8||68.674|
|7||JPN||Barolo Gelding / HANN / Chestnut / 2006 / Breitling W x Hitchcock / Eustace, Diane, Surrey / Japan Racing Association||65.761 14||69.022 7||67.826 7||69.239 8||69.022 7||68.174|
|8||NED||Variohippique’s Vingino Gelding / KWPN / Black / 2002 / Polansky x Variant / Stv Dressagefarm, Handel / T. Visser||67.500 9||68.152 8||68.587 6||69.674 6||66.304 13||68.043|
|9||BEL||Eres DL Gelding / BWP / Bay / 2004 / Sir Lui x Balzflug / Lousberg Daniel Za / Lousberg Daniel||67.174 10||66.304 9||67.609 9||68.043 9||66.522 11||67.130|
|10||ESP||Euclides Mor Stallion / / Ruça / 2009 / Riopele / / Abelardo Morales Puron||66.413 13||64.565 13||66.304 12||67.609 10||69.348 5||66.848|
|11||POL||Ron Gelding / PZHK / Bay / 2007 / Samba Hit x Rabus / Malgorzata Lisiecka, Bojanowo / Bartosz Jura||69.674 4||65.652 10||66.848 11||63.696 14||66.739 10||66.522|
|12||GER||Dilenzio Old Gelding / OLDBG / Chestnut / 2007 / Duino 2 x Weltmeyer / Renschen, Renate / Wagner, Ursula||68.152 7||65.217 11||66.087 13||65.543 11||66.848 9||66.370|
|13||LUX||So Dark Mare / HANN / Black / 2007 / / Lütjen Erika / Schönhofen Victoria Marie||66.630 12||65.109 12||67.500 10||64.783 13||66.522 11||66.109|
|14||NED||Dicaprio Swing Gelding / KWPN / Darkchestnut / 2008 / Jazz x Optiebeurs Zebulon R / J.P. Eschauzier & E. Schreutelkamp / Matty Marissink Stables||69.674 4||64.239 14||64.891 14||64.891 12||63.261 14||65.391|
|15||NED||Legend Of Loxley Gelding / WESTF / Bay / 2007 / Lord Loxley x Darwin / P. Crum / S. Maertens & V.H.J.L. Verberne||59.130 15||59.348 15||57.065 15||56.304 15||57.391 15||57.848|