Steffen Peters Rides Ravel 1st, Legolas 2nd, both above 80% in California National Show
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THERMAL, California, Jan. 13–Steffen Peters rode Legolas, his new Grand Prix mount, in their first competition Friday, scoring more than 80 per cent and just a fraction behind Ravel in the CDN with a single judge.
Steffen of San Diego, California, has been riding Legolas 92 for a month since Akiko Yamazaki bought the 10-year-old Westfalen gelding as his next top international mount.
At the Dressage Getaway competition in this California desert city, Steffen and Ravel were scored 80.426 per cent by Lilo Fore of Santa Rosa, California, with Legolas on 80.213 per cent. Kathleen Raine of Murrietta, California, on Breanna and Elizabeth Ball of Encinitas, California, on Orion tied for third on 73.298 per cent.
Legolas by Laomoden out of a Florestan II mare, was bought from Ulrich Kasselman who with Paul Schockemöhle owns Performance Sales International of Hagen, Germany. Ullrich trained the horse up to Grand Prix.
Akiko bought Ravel for Steffen after the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, as a mount for the 2008 Olympics. The pair missed out on an individual medal by the slimmest of margins. However,in Las Vegas in 2009 they became only the second American combination to capture the World Cup title, the first U.S. pair to be crowned CDIO champions at Aachen later the same year then won two individual bronze medals at the WEG in Kentucky in 2010.
Ravel, a KWPN gelding (Contango x Hautain x Democraat), is now 14 years old.
He will defend his World Dressage Masters title in Florida later this month and is being aimed for the World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, in April.
Steffen and Ravel are expected to lead the U.S. dressage team at the London Olympics.
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