Steffen Peters & Rosamunde, Ashley Holzer & Havanna One-Two for USA in Leudelange CDI4* Grand Prix

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Steffen Peters on Rosamunde in the Rotterdam Nations Cup, the leading American combination in the Grand Prix. © 2018 Ken Btraddick/dressage-news.com

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.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix

Pl. Rider Horse  Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B
1 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 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 Dragao  Stallion / LUSIT / Ruça / 2008 / Unico / / Dressage Grand-Ducal 73.043    3 70.761   2 71.7392 71.6304 72.3913 71.913
4 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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