Dorothee Schneider & St. Emilion Win Munich CDI3* Grand Prix, Steffen Peters & Rosamunde 2nd

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Dorothee Schneider on St. Emilion celebrating victory in the Munich CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Dorothee Schneider on St. Emilion celebrating victory in the Munich CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

MUNICH, Germany, May 14, 2015–German Olympic rider Dorothee Schneider and St. Emilion won the CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday while Steffen Peters riding Rosamunde in their first European Big Tour event were second.

Dorothee and the 10-year-old stallion scored 73.840 per cent for their third straight win.

Steffen of San Diego, California riding Rosamunde in only their fourth Grand Prix since starting the Big Tour in Florida just three months ago scored 72.240 per cent.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany on Zaire were third on 71.780 per cent while Isabell Werth on Laurenti were fourth on 70.820 per cent in a ride that was marked by a major spook when a white balloon drifted across the arena at ground level, much to the mirth of the standing room only crowd.

Steffen Peters riding Rosamunde to second place in the Munich CDI3* Grand Prix, the eight-year-old mare's first European Big Tour event. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Steffen Peters riding Rosamunde to second place in the Munich CDI3* Grand Prix, the eight-year-old mare’s first European Big Tour event. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Allison Brock of Wellington, Florida competing Rosevelt for the first time in Europe at international Big Tour were fifth on 70.560 per cent.

The Grand Prix was the second competition of the day for the squad of American horses on a month long tour of Europe to make final selection of the team for the Pan American Games. Earlier Thursday, Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin won the Prix St. Georges with Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo second, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir fourth and Kasey Perry on Georklintgaard’s Dublet fifth.

Allison Brock and Rosevelt in the CDI3* Grand Prix in Munich. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Allison Brock and Rosevelt in the CDI3* Grand Prix in Munich. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

In the Grand Prix, the placing for Rosamunde came after blood for testing required for international transportation of horses was lost and the mare’s departure from California was delayed a week so she missed time to settle in with the other Americans.

The horse arrived in Amsterdam last Saturday and after a couple of days layover came straight to these show grounds, the site of the 1972 Olympic equestrian events.

Nevertheless, said Steffen who competed Rosamunde successfully at small tour in Europe last summer, she was “great” despite some minor bobbles and piaffe that “was not quite as good as she can do.”

“Then I have to remember very quickly when we’re finished that she is eight years old. For how old she is, it’s wonderful for her to end up as she did in this big competitive class.

“Her mind is just incredible. It was very busy when she came into the arena but she was unfazed. She gave me a wonderful feeling in the arena.

“A lot of things are getting better and that comes from more strength. The passage is better and the changes have started to become straighter. While she’s thinking very forward, she has a beautiful relaxed walk and the collected walk is more relaxed and is now a true collected walk. So things are heading in the right direction.”

With the Pan American Games just two months away, Steffen said he thinks the U.S. team will need to go to the horse that has the higher scores and at the moment that is Legolas.

He will compete Legolas in the World Dressage Masters CDI5* Grand Prix Friday.

Results:

Munich CDI3* Grand Prix