Update: Steffen Peters & Ravel Win Del Mar Grand Prix, Freestyle
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DEL MAR, California, May 2–Steffen Peters and Ravel won the Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday with a score more in line with their history after taking the Grand Prix at Del Mar National Horse Show a day earlier with a wide disparity of marks. Susan Blinks on Robin Hood won the Grand Prix Special on Sunday.
In the last CDI the top American combination will compete in before the U.S. selection trials in August for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, Steffen of San Diego, California, and Ravel were scored at 81.300 per cent, with only one of the five judges, Sarah Geike of the USA marking them below 80 per cent, at 79.50 per cent.
Guenter Seidel of Cardiff, California, and the still developing U II were second on 71.850 per cent and Elizabeth Ball of Rancho Santa Fe, California, and Orion third with 66.700 per cent.
The Grand Prix Special on Sunday was won by Susan Blinks of Encinitas, California, on Robin Hood on a score of 69.708 per cent with Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California, second on Sandrina with 66.083 per cent and thr adult amateur Alisa Wilson on Weltclassiker 65.583 per cent.
The freestyle may have been one of the last performances of his Cold Play score as Steffen is working on new choreography that he says is “almost done.”
The average score for Steffen and Ravel in the Grand Prix on Friday was 74.511 per cent, from a range of 77 per cent from Bernard Maurel of France to 75 per cent from Victoire Mandl of Austria and Sarah Geike of the U.S. to 73 per cent from Lisette Vega de Purcell of the Dominican Republic and 71 from Gabriel Armando of Argentina.
Jan Ebeling and Sandrina placed second with a score of 67.106 per cent and Guenter Seidel and U II third with 66.426 per cent.
Ravel, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki, felt better than at the Exquis Word Dressage Masters in Palm Beach when the pair won the Grand Prix in February, Steffen said.
“He was very relaxed, it was a clean test,” he said. “I was really happy with it.”
He said that took more of a risk with the extended trot and “it paid off.”
A score of 71.930 per cent for the eight-year-old Weltino’s Magic In the Prix St. Georges “made my day.”
“All in all a very good day at the office.”
|$5000 FEI Grand Prix Test|
|E: Maurel – FRA||H: Geike – USA||C: Mandl – AUT||M: Armando – ARG||B: Purcell – DOM|
|Rider||Ctzn||Horse||E %||Rk.||H %||Rk.||C %||Rk.||M %||Rk.||B %||Rk.||T %||Pl.|
|Seidel, Guenter||USA||U II||66.170%||3||67.872%||2||65.745%||3||65.319%||3||67.021%||3||66.426%||3|
|Blinks, Susan||USA||Robin Hood||62.128%||5||63.404%||8||62.979%||6||64.894%||4||61.064%||8||62.894%||7|
|Magoffin, Nicole||NZL||Jaybee Anzac||57.872%||0||57.660%||0||58.511%||0||57.872%||0||60.000%||10||58.383%||0|