Rosamunde Celebrates 1st Year at Big Tour With Victory in Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special

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Rosamunde being ridden by Steffen Peters in the Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2016Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Rosamunde being ridden by Steffen Peters in the Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2016Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 13, 2016–Steffen Peters rode Rosamunde in the first anniversary of their Big Tour career for a victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday.

Steffen and the nine-year-old Rhinelander ranked 18th in the world scored 73.333 per cent in what was their 12th victory in 16 starts at Grand Prix since beginning the Big Tour at this same Palm Beach International Equestrian Center a year ago.

Kasey Perry-Glass in only the second CDI Special on her Dublet was runner-up on 71.353 per cent.

The Florida-based Spanish teenage superstar Juan Matute, Jr. on Quantico Ymas was third on 68.725 per cent in what was the pair’s first senior Grand Prix after a warm-up Under-25 Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Rosamunde was “clearly improving,” Steffen said, and mistakes “were silly little things” to be fixed.

This ride, after Friday night’s third place on Legolas in the CDI5* Freestyle, “was important to go in and do our best as these two young people next to me”–pointing to Kasey Perry-Glass and Juan Matute–would go in and try to beat me.”

“We have our work cut out with Legolas,” he said. “We need to expose him to more arenas like this.”

The recent change in the rules that allows ear muffs for horses could help protect against sound, he said, that has an effect on Legolas.

“Rosie needs to get stronger,” said Steffen of San Diego, California. “We have a nice fitness program.

“It’s always easy to think of improving, but maintaining is important. I believe in bubble wrapping.”

Kasey Perry-Glass riding Dublet in the Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kasey Perry-Glass riding Dublet in the Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The 28-year-old Kasey Perry-Glass who moved from California to Florida to pursue dressage said that the warm-up for the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding was the best she had ever felt with him.

“He was focused and relaxed but hot at the same time,” she said and described the mistakes as “pilot error.”

An error in the tempi-changes was caused by too strong an aid, she said, but “it’s a learning process” with Dublet that she competed in Europe last summer and began his international Grand Prix career in January.

“It’s now me riding it (being hot) and channeling it, knowing not have too strong an aid, just be softer.”

The 18-year-old Juan Matute, Jr., son of the Spanish Olympian Juan Matute, said that Quantico from jumping bloodlines “is very sensitive.”

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special
E: Whitham – CAN H: Wuest – GER C: Zang – USA M: Eisenhardt – GER B: Lang – AUT
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Peters, Steffen USA Rosamunde 74.608 1 72.941 1 72.647 1 71.569 1 74.902 1 73.333 1
Perry-Glass, Kasey USA Goerklintgaards Dublet 71.667 2 72.745 2 70.784 2 70.196 2 71.373 2 71.353 2
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Quantico Ymas 69.706 3 70.392 3 67.647 4 68.725 3 68.824 5 69.059 3
Marek, Anna USA Unico G 68.725 4 67.549 7 68.039 3 68.725 3 69.118 4 68.431 4
Gundersen, Mikala DEN HF Victor 67.255 7 68.627 5 66.176 7 66.765 5 70.000 3 67.765 5
Rizvi, P.J. USA Unlimited 65.980 8 68.824 4 66.765 5 66.765 5 66.667 6 67.000 6
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmony’s Fiorano 68.039 6 66.078 8 66.667 6 64.510 11 66.667 6 66.392 7
Von Martels, Chris CAN Divertimento 68.235 5 64.804 10 65.000 10 65.784 7 66.176 9 66.000 8
Mc Cusker, Sharon USA Wrigley 64.863 10 67.804 6 64.471 12 65.157 10 66.529 8 65.765 0
Petersen, Lars DEN Elfenfeuer 65.784 9 63.039 11 65.882 8 65.588 8 65.882 10 65.235 0
Zimmermann, Christian PLE Aramis 606 63.922 12 65.098 9 65.098 9 65.196 9 65.196 12 64.902 0
Tomlinson, Laura GBR Rosalie B 64.804 11 61.569 13 64.804 11 63.333 12 65.686 11 64.039 0
Lopardo-Grana, Cesar ARG Tyara 61.667 14 61.961 12 59.706 13 60.000 13 62.255 13 61.118 0
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne DOM Foco Loco-W 63.627 13 60.490 14 59.314 14 59.608 14 58.922 14 60.392 0
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastels Akeem Foldager 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0