Steffen Peters & Suppenkasper Win Wellington’s CDI5* Grand Prix for Seventh Straight Victory This Year

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Steffen Peters and Sppenkasper winning the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 20, 2020–Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper won the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Thursday night to extend the pair’s string of victories to seven in pursuing a start in the American’s fifth Olympic Games.

Steffen and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding were awarded 76.239% for the win in what was the fourth Grand Prix staged at Global Thursday–two for the CDI3* and two for the CDI5* with a total of 42 combinations from 11 countries.

Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo placed second on 73.674% in only the third start since the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding returned to competition after an injury break of almost a year.

Canada’s Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu on All In was third also on 73.674%, a personal best for the country’s top ranked combination.

Steffen of San Diego, California but in Florida to earn starts at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in mid-April and the Olympics in Tokyo at the end of July described the ride as “great, even more relaxed than last time.”

He is working with team coach Debbie McDonald on improving the performance of the horse that was bought 2 1/2 years ago by Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang, owners of his Olympic and championship mounts Ravel and Legolas.

Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo in the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sanceo, that Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks, California declared as “really, really on, I could push him and really ride him.”

Sanceo has been with Sabine since the horse was three years old. The pair competed at the World Young Horse Championships when Sanceo was six years old, at Small Tour in Europe in 2015 and was on the U.S. gold medal team at the 2015 Pan American Games.

This performance, she said, was “a great start” to fulfilling her goal of going to Tokyo.

Brittany, who took off most of last year for the birth of her first child, exclaimed herself as “SO happy!”

“It’s the best test we’ve ever done,” she said of the ride on the 15-year-old KWPN gelding that she rode to help Canada earn silver at the 2015 Pan Ams and was on the team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon.

“I couldn’t ask for more,” she said.

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu riding All In for the “best” performance of their career. © 2020 SusanJStickle.com

Her goal is to ride on Canada’s team at the Nations Cup here next month and compete in the last World Cup qualifier at the end of March seeking a start in Las Vegas and then decide on the next step, possibly leading to Tokyo.

Results:

CDI5* Grand Prix for Special

Katrina Wüst Raphael Saleh Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel Susan Hoevenaars Elisabeth Max-Theurer
Place Score % Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 76.239 USA Steffen Peters Suppenkasper 76.304 76.087 75.870 77.283 75.652
2. 73.674 USA Sabine Schut-Kery Sanceo 74.565 74.239 75.870 71.848 71.848
3. 73.674 CAN Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu All In 75.652 72.283 73.804 71.413 75.217
4. 73.087 USA Adrienne Lyle Harmony’s Duval 73.261 69.565 73.804 74.348 74.457
5. 71.913 USA Charlotte Jorst Kastel’s Nintendo 70.217 72.609 73.370 70.652 72.717
6. 71.109 CAN Naima Moreira Laliberte Statesman 72.174 71.739 70.326 70.326 70.978
7. 70.652 DEN Agnete Kirk Thinggaard Blue Hors Zatchmo 71.957 69.130 72.391 68.370 71.413
8. 70.630 USA Shelly Francis Danilo 69.891 69.130 70.109 70.543 73.478
9. 68.587 USA Heather Blitz Semper Fidelis 68.478 68.587 69.891 67.935 68.043
10. 67.870 USA Günter Seidel Equirelle W 67.609 66.522 67.500 68.152 69.565
11. 64.761 GEO Joanne Vaughan Elmegardens Marquis 64.022 65.109 64.783 65.326 64.565
12. 63.478 CAN Jaimey Irwin Donegal V 64.239 62.065 64.022 64.022 63.043