Steffen Peters Completes Sweep of Leudelange CDI4* With Suppenkasper Victory in Grand Prix Special on Personal Best Score

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Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper at Leudelange CDI4*. © 2018 Sabine Wegener/Equitaris

LEUDELANGE, Luxembourg, July 8, 2018–Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper posted a personal best score to win the CDI4* Grand Prix Special Sunday to sweep all four Big Tour competitions and give the four-time Olympic rider the longest career winning streak outside the United States.

Steffen and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding was awarded 73.936 per cent to surpass the previous best Special result of 72.511 per cent in their first CDI competition in California six months ago.

Differences in the scores of the five judges–all placed Steffen and Suppenkasper first–ranged from a high of 76.596 from the USA’s Anne Gribbons at E to a low of 71.809 per cent from Evi Eisenhardt of Germany at C.

Denmark’s Victoria E. Vallentin on Ludwig der Sonnenkoenig placed second on 71.234 per cent with Fanny Verliefden of Belgium on Indoctro V/D Steenblok third on 70.809 per cent.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of the U.S. retired Lonoir after a handful of movements.

“Mopsi,” Suppenkasper’s barn name adopted from the label given by Helen Langehanenberg who trained the horse to Grand Prix, was credited by Steffen as performing a “great” Special.

“I rode the one tempis a bit too forward and had an expensive mistake on number 13,” he said.

“I had a really nice feeling in the contact and Mopsi’s energy felt even more controllable today.

“Christoph Umbach and his entire team did an incredible job at this show. We are looking forward to come back to Leudelange next year.”

With two victories on Suppenkasper–Grand Prix and Special–and two on Rosamunde–Grand Prix and Freestyle–Steffen logged the most straight wins outside the United States in his career, according to a review of more than a decade of results. However, a sweep of the the three Grand Prix classes in the Aachen, Germany CDIO5* for the prestigious Deutsche Bank Prize was on one horse, Ravel, and came three months after the pair won the 2009 Las Vegas World Cup Final, only the second American to take the annual global championship.

The results here come less than two weeks to the Nations Cup and CDI4* at Aachen, Germany that is the third and deciding selection event for the American team of four horses and riders to go to the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in two months.

Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida on Verdades, ranked No. 2 in the world; Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho on Salvino; Kasey Perry-Glass of Wellington, Florida, on Dublet and Steffen of San Diego, California on Rosamunde have been named to the CDIO5* Nations Cup team.

Steffen on Suppenkasper, Ashley Holzer of New York City on Havanna, Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida on Danilo and Olivia of Haymarket, Virginia and Lonoir have been entered for the CDI4*.

Suppenkasper was bought late last year from German Olympian Helen Langehanenberg by Four Winds Farm of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang as an Olympic and championship prospect in the lineup of top mounts that they have acquired for Steffen that included Ravel, Legolas and Rosamunde.

Steffen and Suppenkasper, with the barn name “Mopsi,” stayed in Caliornia to show on the new California winter circuit, West Coast Dressage Festival. The pair logged seven victories in eight starts.

He brough the horse to Europe along with Rosamunde to get him more experience and exposure, showing at Rotterdam, Netherlands last month where they placed third in the Grand Prix.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

Rank Rider Horse    Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B Total
1 Suppenkasper   Gelding / KWPN / Bay / 2008 / Spielberg x Krack C / F.Van De Poel / Akiko Yamazaki, Four Winds Farm €2015 76.596     1 73.404     1 71.809   1 73.617     1 74.255    1 73.936
2 Ludwig Der Sonnenkoenig 2    Stallion / OLDBG / Chestnut / 2006 / London Swing x Liberator / Christian Richter / Helgstrand Dressage 1715 72.766    2 70.851    2 70.000   3 70.745   3 71.809   2 71.234
3 Indoctro V/D Steenblok     Stallion / BWP / Black / 2008 / Rubin Royal Old x Gribaldi / Frans ‘t Seyen / Fanny Verliefden 1415 69.468   5 70.426    3 70.957    2 72.553     2 70.638   4 70.809
4 Rania M    Mare / HANN / Darkbay / 2005 / Rubin Royal Old x Raphael / Hans-Jürgen Meyer / Hans-Jürgen Meyer 1115 69.681   4 70.319    4 69.362   5 70.106   4 68.617    5 69.617
5 Quater Back Junior    Gelding / HANN / Chestnut / 2009 / Quaterback x Bonheur / Janssen, Gerd / Soc.Hippique Et D’Elevage S.A./N.Wagner 615 67.660   7 68.830    6 70.000   3 69.255   5 71.596    3 69.468
6 Hermes 134     Gelding / DSP / Darkbay / 2008 / Blue Hors Hotline x Lanciano / Niedermair, Martin / Riedmaier, Hildegard M. 515 70.000   3 67.660   7 69.362   5 68.723   6 67.979   6 68.745
7 Chupa Chup A S    Gelding / KWPN / Chestnut / 2007 / Sorento x Fidermark / O.E. Ebbelaar-Dragman, Amstelveen / Masahiro Kosaka 515 68.617    6 66.064   9 68.830    7 68.085   8 67.340   8 67.787
8 Xiripiti    Stallion / LUSIT / Grey / 2003 / Qualificado x Moscatel / Coudelaria Torres Vaz Freire / Roberta Pass & Pci Paulo Caetano Internacional 415 66.809  8 67.021   8 67.766   9 68.298   7 67.766    7 67.532
9 Whitney 341    Mare / RHEIN / Dark Bay / 2006 / Wolkenstürmer x Fortissimo / Raskop, Alfons, Dudeldorf / Gestüt Moosbend Gemoaa & Jill De Ridder 415 65.638 10 69.043   5 68.404  8 67.553   9 66.702   9 67.468
10 Bonzanjo    Gelding / KWPN / Chestnut / 2006 / Jazz x Contango / H. Van Helvoirt, Rosmalen / Ralph Uwe Westhoff 315 65.426 11 65.426 10 65.213 10 65.000 11 65.957  11 65.404
11 Hyrano    Stallion / BWP / Chestnut / 2007 / First Junior x Weltgeist / Gossens Peter / Catherine Gueroult, François Proust 315 66.511    9 64.702 13 64.489 11 64.489 13 66.191 10 65.277
12 Egistar   Gelding / KWPN / Bay / 2003 / Cabochon x Kaiserstern XX / G.W. Van Norel, Wapenveld / Haruka Nakada 215 64.787 13 65.000 12 64.362 12 64.574 12 63.936 14 64.532
13 Chuppy Checker CL    Gelding / KWPN / Blackbay / 2007 / Osmium / Van Der Linden / Stoeterij De Begijnhoeve & Lincom Stables & W.J. Scholte 215 63.532 14 65.128  11 63.532 13 65.021 10 65.021 13 64.447
14 Huracan 10    Gelding / DWB / Darkbay / 2008 / Blue Hors Hotline x Blue Hors Don Schufro / Christensen, Lars / Equeco 215 65.213 12 63.404 14 63.404 14 64.149 14 65.213 12 64.277
15 LonoirGelding / DWB / Brown / 2004 / de Noir 3 x Loran / Jan Og Dorte Rassing, Hjoerring / Olivia Lagoy-Weltz RET
Judges-E: Anne Gribbon-USA H: Hans-Christian Matthiesen-DEN C: Evi Eisenhardt-GER M: Magnus Ringmark-SWE B: Raphaël Saleh-FRA