Steffen Peters & Legolas Win Del Mar World Cup Freestyle with Sabine Schut Kery & Marques 2nd in Spectacular Big Tour Debut

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Sabine Schut-Kery on Marques. Photo courtesy Kristian Kery
Sabine Schut-Kery on Marques. Photo courtesy Kristian Kery

DEL MAR, California, April 30, 1976–Steffen Peters rode Legolas to a World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle victory Saturday night with Sabine Schut-Kery on the new to CDI Big Tour Spanish stallion Marques and the World Cup Final pair of Charlotte Jorst on Nintendo not far behind.

In the last competition before heading to Europe with the American squad to determine the team for the summer Olympics, Steffen and the 14-year-old Westfalen gelding ranked No. 8 in the world scored 75.675 per cent.

Sabine, like Steffen German-born who became an American citizen and lives in Thousand Oaks just east of Los Angeles, scored 74.725 per cent for runner-up on Marques that was the CDI Grand Prix debut for both rider and horse.

Sabine, 47 years old, has trained the 12-year-old black P.R.E. stallion since Marques was six years old. Over the past five years, she has competed him in national shows up to Medium Tour and he was the U.S. Dressage Federation Prix St. Georges Horse of the Year in 2014. The horse was out of the competition arena for a year with an iguinal hernia that occurs more frequently in stallions than mares or geldings.

The pair made their CDI debut eight weeks ago, at Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I.

Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada on Kastel’s Nintendo that she competed at the World Cup Final in GHothenburg, Sweden a month ago placed third on 74.100 per cent.

Steffen, of Sam Diego, California plans to take Legolas and Rosamunde, a nine-year-old Rhinelander mare also competing at this show, to Europe as part of a group of eight horses from which will be selected the four combinations to make up the American team plus a reserve for Rio de Janeiro in August.

The Freestyle for Marques, owned by Rhea Scott, was a compilation if epic scores from movie trailers that Sabine and her movie stunt performer husband Kristian Kery put together in three weeks.

Sabine has enjoyed both national and international success with Sanceo, a Hanoverian stallion (San Remo x Ramiro’s Son II) now 10 years old. The duo earned a start as a six-year-old at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany in 2012 then two years later won the national developing Prix St. Georges championships.

Sabine and Sanceo were on the American squad of mixed Big and Small Tour combination that competed in Europe in spring in 2015 and was named to the U.S. Pan American Games team that won team gold last July to clinch a team start for the United States at the Rio Games.

Results:

 CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
E: Gribbons – USA H: Tissot – FRA C: Clarke – GBR M: Warren – USA B: Waddell – BRA
RIDER Nat. HORSE E . H . C . M . B . T Pl.
7 Peters, Steffen USA Legolas 92 75.375 74.625 78.625 75.500 74.250 75.675 1
Schut-Kery, Sabine USA Marques 75.125 74.625 73.875 73.250 74.500 74.275 2
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastel”s Nintendo 73.875 74.125 76.750 72.250 73.500 74.100 3
Ball, Elizabeth USA Avanti 70.875 70.375 71.625 69.875 71.135 70.777 4
Reilly, Michelle USA Umeeko 68.625 71.125 72.375 68.250 70.875 70.250 5
Lert, Tracey USA Udo 70.875 69.125 70.500 69.250 69.250 69.800 6
Raine, Kathleen USA Breanna 65.875 64.625 65.625 66.375 64.625 65.425 7
Rocovich, Terri USA Uiver (Iver) 63.875 61.875 62.625 64.250 65.125 63.550 8