Steffen Peters and Weltino’s Magic Dominate Burbank CDI1*

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Steffen Peters and Ravel. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

BURBANK, California, Feb, 26–Steffen Peters and Weltino’s Magic dominated the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI1* small tour in the first CDI competition for the nine-year-old horse aiming to be on the U.S. team for the Pan American Games in October.

Rain forced organizers to move the Intermediaire I indoors, and Steffen of San Diego said the Westfalen gelding owned by Jen Hlavacek performed exactly the same as he did in the Prix St. Georges a day earlier outdoors.

The pair scored 76.404 per cent in the Intermediaire and 76.272 per cent in the St. Georges. The qualifying criteria for the Pan Am selection trials are a minimum of two competitions with the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire scores averaged. A freestyle is required to qualify for the selection trials but the scores do not count, a procedure that has puzzled several riders as the freestyle will determine individual medals at the Pan Am championships to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Canada’s Karen Pavicic rode her own nine-year-old gelding Don Daiquiri to score 71.974 per cent for second place in the Intermediaire, while Steffen riding Pallas was third on 71.667 per cent.

Steffen said that Magic “felt effortless” and received 8s and 9s for his extended and collected walks and scored well in the half pass and canter pirouette which are co-efficient movements.

He rode the CDN Grand Prix on Ravel “very conservatively” as it was their first competition since winning double individual bronze medals at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year.

“Any time you have not shown for five months, you wonder if it will feel the same,” he said. “It can feel the same at home, but it can be very different at a show where the environment is not the same.”

Ravel showed him gaits that were very honest and the Burbank competition was a great warmup for the World Dressage Masters CDI5* in Florida Mar. 10-11.

On Sunday, only two combinations competed in the Intermediaire I Freestyle, both Canadians.

Karen Pavicic rode Don Daiquiri to a score of 72.417 per cent while Dominique Culham Buckland on Denise Turner’s Utango DG scored 70.333 per cent.

“I’m very pleased with the progress both of these combinations have made with each day of this competition,” said Robert Dover, Canada’s interim dressage team coach. “This is reflected in both riders scoring over 70 per cent freestyles today in their first CDI outings of the year.”

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