Steffen Peters & Legolas Win Verden CDI3* Grand Prix

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Steffen Peters riding Legolas to victory in the CDI3* Grand Prix at Verden, Germany, the first competition for the top ranked American pair since the rider came down with pneumonia. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters riding Legolas to victory in the CDI3* Grand Prix at Verden, Germany, the first competition for the top ranked American pair since the rider came down with pneumonia. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

VERDEN, Germany, Aug. 9, 2014–Steffen Peters rode Legolas to victory in the CDI3* Grand Prix Saturday, in the first competition for the American national champions since the rider came down with severe pneumonia a month ago.

Steffen and the 12-year-old Westfalen gelding that missed the Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany because of the pneumonia, scored 74.980 per cent for the win over Canada’s David Marcus on Chrevi’s Capital who posted a personal best result of 72.300 per cent. German Olympian Dorothee Schneider on Silvano was third on 71.920 per cent with the USA’s Adrienne Lyle on Wizard fourth on 71.740 per cent.

This event is the last international  competition in Europe before the opening of the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in two weeks in which Steffen and Legolas will ride for the United States and David and Chrevi’s Capital for Canada (see separate story).

The return of Steffen–he described his recovery as 99 per cent complete and will be fully so by the time of the WEG–is a relief for the United States as he and Legolas are the No. 1 combination in the United States.

Under the U.S. selection criteria, Steffen and Legolas and Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida and Verdades were automatically placed on the team as the top two placegetters at the American championships. Based on the average of the Grand Prix results at the championships and at Fritzens, Austria and Aachen, Germany Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida on Calecto V and Caroline Roffman of Wellington, Florida on Her Highness O.

Caroline Roffman on Her Highness O in the Verden Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressge-news.com
Caroline Roffman on Her Highness O in the Verden Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressge-news.com

In Saturday’s Grand Prix, Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho n Wizard, who rode for the United Dtates at the London Olympics in 2012 placed fourth while Caroline and Her Highness were scored at 67.960 per cent for 18th place. Tina Konyot on Calecto, on the American teams at the WEG in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012, competed at a national show in Uden, Netherlands and were reported to have scored 73 per cent.

Adrienne Lyle on Wizard on the Verden CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle on Wizard on the Verden CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

However, the main focus Saturday was on Steffen of San Diego, California and Legolas.

“I have to admit my lungs were burning a bit during the test,” said Steffen after the ride. “I’m happy with my recovery time, though. A minute after we walked out of the arena my heart rate went down. I’m very proud of my lungs–they’re working again.”

He disclosed that he was so excited with the initial recovery he reported it after three weeks but then went through a “really, really rough” patch where he was passing out regularly in the afternoons. He went back to the hospital where he underwent the painful testing of blood content in the arteries.

“The lungs simply weren’t producing enugh oxygen,” he said. “Everybody told me to be careful, and if I eas not careful I could get failure or scar tissue. It was tricky.

“Dr. Mark Hart (U.S. team doctor) advised me that pneumonia is difficult to come back from, I jusut had to be patient. He was right.

“I’m at at 99 per cent now and at the World Games I’ll be 100 per cent.

“We’ve got another two weeks to go. I’m jogging and working out.”

Steffen Peters on Legolas in the lap of honor after winning the Verden CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters on Legolas in the lap of honor after winning the Verden CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

He gave the credit to his wife, Shannon, for improving the suppleness Legolas while he was sidelined from riding. Shannon flew to the U.S. team base in Belgium after Steffen got pneumonia to ride Legolas and his young horse, Rosamunde.

“It really paid off today. The horse felt supple in the ring. We got all the changes. For rideability, it was one of our best tests.”

He said that Legolas felt “very fit” under saddle–“I’ll be happy with this feeling at the World Games. The horse has good fitness, maybe the rider not so much.”

Asked his predictions for the WEG, he laughed and said, “obviously Germany looks strong.”

The United States may be going into a championships with two combinations–Laura and Verdades and he and Legolas–each capable of scoring 75 per cent. Teams for the WEG can include four combinations but the scores of only three count in the Nations Cup.

A check of the records by dressage-news.com showed that the U.S. has never fielded a team where two combinations receved marks of at least 75 per cent.

Kathleen Raine of Murietta, California on Breanna competing inthe Verden Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kathleen Raine of Murietta, California on Breanna competing inthe Verden Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

# horse rider E H C M B total score
1. Legolas 92
G \ Westf \ B \ 2002 \ Laomedon x Florestan II \ B: Kissing,Johannes \ O: Four Winds Farm LLC
USA
Steffen Peters 1.400,00 EUR 73.100%
365.5
(2)
74.800%
374
(1)
73.800%
369
(2)
75.600%
378
(1)
77.600%
388
(1)
74.980%
1874.5
2. Chrevi’s Capital
G \ DWB \ DB \ 2000 \ Chrevi’s Lavallo x Weinberg \ B: \ O: Miculinic,Deborah
CAN
David Marcus 1.200,00 EUR 70.700%
353.5
(7)
72.400%
362
(4)
71.600%
358
(4)
73.200%
366
(3)
73.600%
368
(2)
72.300%
1807.5
3. Silvano 71
S \ KWPN \ B \ 1999 \ Rubinstein I x Cocktail \ B: Wouters, F. \ O: Gestüt Peterhof
GER
Dorothee Schneider
Frankf.Turnierst.Schw.Gelb e.V.
800,00 EUR 71.100%
355.5
(5)
73.300%
366.5
(2)
71.200%
356
(5)
73.500%
367.5
(2)
70.500%
352.5
(10)
71.920%
1798
4. Wizard
G \ Old \ B \ 1999 \ Weltmeyer x Classiker \ B: \ O: Peggy,Thomas
USA
Adrienne Lyle 500,00 EUR 71.000%
355
(6)
70.800%
354
(9)
72.900%
364.5
(3)
71.600%
358
(4)
72.400%
362
(3)
71.740%
1793.5
5. Der Hit
G \ Old \ Db \ 2003 \ Del Gado x Welt Hit II \ B: Ruhe,Heinrich \ O: Aubenhausen GbR Home of the Dress.H
GER
Benjamin Werndl
RFV Aubenhausen e.V.
400,00 EUR 71.900%
359.5
(4)
73.200%
366
(3)
69.300%
346.5
(10)
71.100%
355.5
(6)
72.000%
360
(4)
71.500%
1787.5
6. Deveraux B
G \ Westf \ F \ 2002 \ Dimension x Rivellino xx \ B: Becks,Christian \ O: Koppelmann,Carola
GER
Carola Koppelmann
Kehdinger Reitclub e.V.
300,00 EUR 72.200%
361
(3)
72.100%
360.5
(6)
69.400%
347
(9)
69.900%
349.5
(7)
71.500%
357.5
(6)
71.020%
1775.5
7. Breanna 2
M \ Hann \ B \ 2000 \ Brentano II x Weltmeyer \ B: Rauen,Walter \ O: Mason,Jennifer
USA
Kathleen Raine 200,00 EUR 74.900%
374.5
(1)
71.100%
355.5
(8)
68.800%
344
(16)
69.800%
349
(8)
70.000%
350
(12)
70.920%
1773
8. Very Keen
G \ KWPN \ Db \ 2002 \ Oklund x Dutchboy \ B: Brinks,H. \ O: Michel,Ulrike
GER
Thomas Wagner
RSG Bad Homburger Kronenhof e.V.
200,00 EUR 68.700%
343.5
(12)
72.300%
361.5
(5)
70.800%
354
(7)
71.400%
357
(5)
70.700%
353.5
(9)
70.780%
1769.5
total = 5.000,00 EUR
not placed
9. Mister X 56
S \ Trak. \ B \ 2004 \ Egeus x \ B: \ O: Merkulova,Inessa
RUS
Inessa Merkulova 69.000%
345
(10)
69.600%
348
(13)
75.800%
379
(1)
68.100%
340.5
(18)
70.800%
354
(8)
70.660%
1766.5
10. Zigeuner
G \ KWPN \ B \ 2004 \ Gribaldi x Ehrentusch \ B: \ O: Dressurstal van Baalen
NED
Marlies van Baalen
RFV Dinslaken-Hiesfeld e.V.
70.000%
350
(8)
69.300%
346.5
(16)
69.500%
347.5
(8)
68.900%
344.5
(11)
70.900%
354.5
(7)
69.720%
1743
10. Anton
G \ Sachs \ B \ 2000 \ Antaeus x Melit xx \ B: Glotz,Mirko \ O: Eames,Robyn
CAN
Belinda Trussell 68.100%
340.5
(17)
70.500%
352.5
(10)
71.200%
356
(5)
68.300%
341.5
(14)
70.500%
352.5
(10)
69.720%
1743
12. Daily Pleasure 4
G \ Westf \ F \ 2001 \ De Niro x Ehrenmarsch \ B: Gräfe,Kurt \ O: Buchholtz,Amely Baronin von
GER
Holga Finken
PSV Reitakademie Werder e.V.
68.300%
341.5
(14)
69.700%
348.5
(12)
69.200%
346
(11)
67.500%
337.5
(19)
71.600%
358
(5)
69.260%
1731.5
13. Di Lapponia T
M \ Hann \ R \ 2001 \ Donnerhall x Argument \ B: Tobaben,Joachim \ O: Friberg,Paulinda
SWE
Paulinda Friberg 67.000%
335
(24)
71.500%
357.5
(7)
68.800%
344
(16)
68.700%
343.5
(12)
69.000%
345
(16)
69.000%
1725
14. Miata
S \ Old \ B \ 1999 \ Lancado x Grasco \ B: Grashorn,Gerald \ O: Nyreröd,Emilie
SWE
Emilie Nyreröd 67.800%
339
(19)
69.900%
349.5
(11)
69.000%
345
(14)
69.200%
346
(10)
68.000%
340
(19)
68.780%
1719.5
15. FBW De Vito
G \ Württ \ B \ 2002 \ De Niro x Disco-Stern \ B: Ruetz,Elisabeth \ O: ZG Stritzke u.Schellin,
DEN
Martin Christensen
Stall Tannenhof e.V
66.400%
332
(27)
69.400%
347
(15)
69.100%
345.5
(12)
68.300%
341.5
(14)
69.600%
348
(13)
68.560%
1714
16. Hermes 123
S \ SWB \ \ 2001 \ Rambo x Urbino \ B: Pehrsson,Ann & Thorsten \ O: Pehrsson,Ann & Thorsten
SWE
Anna Svanberg 69.400%
347
(9)
68.000%
340
(20)
68.900%
344.5
(15)
68.500%
342.5
(13)
66.600%
333
(23)
68.280%
1707
17. Dejavu 33
S \ Old \ F \ 2003 \ De Niro x Painter’s Row xx \ B: ZG Denker,Ariane u.Christian \ O: Hansen,Allan
DEN
Rikke Dupont 68.500%
342.5
(13)
69.000%
345
(17)
69.100%
345.5
(12)
67.400%
337
(20)
66.800%
334
(22)
68.160%
1704
18. Her Highness O
M \ Hann \ R \ 2003 \ Hohenstein x Weltmeyer \ B: Ohmen,Matthias \ O: Roffman,Caroline
USA
Caroline Roffman 68.200%
341
(15)
69.500%
347.5
(14)
65.500%
327.5
(24)
68.200%
341
(17)
68.400%
342
(18)
67.960%
1699
19. Rodriguez 9
S \ Brdbg \ Db \ 2000 \ Rubinstern Noir x Gaspari II \ B: Jacobs,Günther \ O: Neumayer,Astrid
AUT
Astrid Neumayer 68.900%
344.5
(11)
66.800%
334
(22)
67.200%
336
(19)
67.300%
336.5
(22)
69.400%
347
(14)
67.920%
1698
20. Unicornio Do Retiro
S \ Ausl. \ B \ 2001 \ x \ B: \ O: Fischer,Eduardo
ESP
Claudio Castilla Ruiz 67.500%
337.5
(21)
67.500%
337.5
(21)
67.400%
337
(18)
68.300%
341.5
(14)
68.800%
344
(17)
67.900%
1697.5
21. Wonder 51
M \ Hann \ Df \ 2002 \ Waterford x Regazzoni \ B: ZG Haase,Cord u.Elke \ O: 21st Century Horse S.L.,
ESP
Jordi Domingo Coll 68.100%
340.5
(17)
68.500%
342.5
(18)
66.500%
332.5
(22)
66.100%
330.5
(24)
69.400%
347
(14)
67.720%
1693
22. Vosk
S \ Hann \ B \ 2005 \ Vodoley x \ B: \ O: Merkulova,Inessa
RUS
Marina Aframeeva 68.200%
341
(15)
68.200%
341
(19)
67.000%
335
(20)
67.300%
336.5
(22)
67.700%
338.5
(20)
67.680%
1692
23. XXXL Rubinio NRW
S \ Westf \ Db \ 2003 \ Rubin-Royal x Florestan I \ B: Bunge,Jürgen \ O: Hoffmann,Jennifer,Hoffmann,Jürgen
USA
Jennifer Hoffmann
ZRFV Coesfeld/Lette e. V.
65.400%
327
(29)
66.300%
331.5
(24)
66.300%
331.5
(23)
69.400%
347
(9)
66.500%
332.5
(24)
66.780%
1669.5
24. GB Cazzago CH
G \ CH.Wb \ B \ 1997 \ Campari M x Kolyma \ B: \ O: Hofmann,Melanie
SUI
Melanie Hofmann 67.700%
338.5
(20)
66.700%
333.5
(23)
65.400%
327
(25)
65.600%
328
(25)
64.600%
323
(27)
66.000%
1650
25. Sammy Deluxe 4
G \ Westf \ B \ 2006 \ Sir Donnerhall x Florestan I \ B: Hahne, Helga \ O: Hubertus Schmidt GmbH
GER
Hubertus Schmidt
RV Altenautal e. V.
67.100%
335.5
(23)
66.200%
331
(25)
67.000%
335
(20)
64.700%
323.5
(26)
64.500%
322.5
(28)
65.900%
1647.5
26. Vancouver K
G \ KWPN \ Schwb \ 2002 \ Jazz x Ferro \ B: Korver,M. \ O: Reynolds,Joe u.Kathleen
IRL
Judy Reynolds
RV Krüsterhof Voerde e.V.
66.200%
331
(28)
62.600%
313
(28)
64.100%
320.5
(28)
64.700%
323.5
(26)
66.000%
330
(25)
64.720%
1618
27. Ramoneur 6
S \ Old \ Df \ 2002 \ Rohdiamant x Alabaster \ B: Bettin-Schulze-Schleppinghoff,Barba \ O: Seymour,Tanya Karen
RSA
Tanya Karen Seymour
RuFC Dinklage e.V.
66.800%
334
(25)
62.500%
312.5
(29)
63.800%
319
(30)
64.500%
322.5
(28)
65.600%
328
(26)
64.640%
1616
28. Capong
G \ DWB \ F \ 2004 \ Michellino x Racot \ B: \ O: Munkedal,Klaus
DEN
Sanne Henningsen 64.500%
322.5
(30)
64.800%
324
(26)
64.500%
322.5
(26)
67.400%
337
(20)
61.900%
309.5
(30)
64.620%
1615.5
29. Ehrengold MJ
S \ Westf \ B \ 2003 \ Ehrentusch x Rohdiamant \ B: Schwierking,Wilhelm \ O: Jerich,Marianne
AUT
Heimo Kendlbacher 67.200%
336
(22)
60.500%
302.5
(31)
64.400%
322
(27)
61.700%
308.5
(30)
67.500%
337.5
(21)
64.260%
1606.5
30. Tailormade Akon Askelund
G \ DWB \ DB \ 2000 \ Akinos x Pari-Ace Dane \ B: Flye,Poul \ O: Tailormade Horses Aps,
NOR
Ellen Birgitte Farbrot
RV Floggensee
66.500%
332.5
(26)
64.600%
323
(27)
64.100%
320.5
(28)
62.100%
310.5
(29)
63.500%
317.5
(29)
64.160%
1604
31. Kartsevo Upperville
S \ KWPN \ DF \ 2001 \ Cabochon x Creool \ B: \ O: Mrs. Sonina V.,
RUS
Tatiana Dorofeeva 61.800%
309
(31)
61.300%
306.5
(30)
60.200%
301
(31)
58.100%
290.5
(31)
60.500%
302.5
(31)
60.380%
1509.5

 

prize money 5.000,00 EUR
judges E: Maja Stukelj
H: Henning Lehrmann
C: Elke Ebert
M: Susanne Baarup
B: Mariano Santos Redondo