Steffen Peters Rides Rosamunde for Win at Wellington in 1st International Grand Prix
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 5, 2015–Steffen Peters rode Rosamunde to victory in the mare’s first international Grand Prix at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Thursday while runnerup Arlene “Tuny” Page on Woodstock posted their highest Grand Prix result on any horse in eight years.
The ride on the Rhinelander mare who turns eight years old in May came four days after flying from Steffen’s base in San Diego, California and earned the pair 71.300 per cent. Tuny Page of Wellington and Woodstock were at 70.420 per cent and Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada on Kastel’s Nintendo was third on 70.360 per cent.
Video of te ride by Steffen on Rosamunde http://campfieldvideos.com/2015/02/06/steffen-peters-rosamunde-g-2-5-15/
Rosamunde, bought by Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang in September, 2013 as a successor to Ravel and Legolas that they also own, was shown by Steffen in her first Grand Prix, a national event in California, after seven wins in eight starts at small tour on both sides of the Atlantic last year.
Steffen said that he was amazed from the first day he rode Rosie as he calls her, but found it “even more amazing in the Grand Prix, she was so focused with a few little rookie mistakes. I was obviously very happy with the half passes, canter pirouettes, two tempis… lots of wonderful things.”
After this competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Festival, he plans to compete Rosamunde at shows in San Juan Capistrano, California in March and a decision will then be made on whether to go with a squad of about eight Big and Small Tour combinations to Europe for about six weeks in preparation for the Pan American Games in Toronto in July.
Although he rode Rosamunde in Europe last summer, performing the Grand Prix there “may be simply too soon. It could overwhelm the horse. The Grand Prix is a whole new, tougher world.”
The closest comparison of Rosamunde he made was to Ravel that he said “taught me well and I think will benefit Rosie.”
For Tuny Page, whose highest score at Grand Prix was on Wild One in 2007, Woodstock displayed “a lot of confidence.”
Charlotte Jorst, who earlier in the day disclosed to dressage-news.com her purchase of Akeem Foldager from Andreas Helgstrand from whom she bought Nintendo, was competing in her fifth Grand Prix on the horse.
Getting Nintendo to this point, she said, was “very difficult and challenging” but he goal was see how well she could ride it.
Correction: An earlier version stated that Charlotte Jorst had previously ridden five Grand Prix on Nintendo and the same number in her riding career. Charlotte had ridden five international Grand Prix on Nintendo but also on other horses and some national Grand Prix.