Steffen Peters & Rosamunde Compete in California Show In 3-Month USA CDI Drought

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Steffen Peters and Legolas competing in California. © 2016 Terri Miller
Steffen Peters and Legolas competing in California. © 2016 Terri Miller

DEL MAR, California, Oct. 30, 2016–Steffen Peters competed for the first time since the U.S. team bronze medal performance at the Rio Olympics, riding Rosamunde to victory in the Spooktacular Halloween national Grand Prix Saturday.

Steffen and the nine-year-old Rhinelander mare that he competed in Europe as a backup to Legolas, his Olympic and championship mount, was awarded 78.800 per cent from a single judge.

“Rosie did a wonderful clean test, with more relaxation in the collected walk, better trot extensions and great trot half passes,” Steffen said of the ride.

“I have to admit, I miss competing with my amazing team mates from Rio. I can’t wait to see everybody again during the upcoming show season.”

The show had 50 per cent more entries than in 2015 with four arenas utilized for nine hours at a time of the year when there are no CDIs anywhere in the United States or Canada for three month.

The next competition for Rosamunde will be at the newly created World Cup event in Las Vegas in January, the first scheduled dressage show in the world in 2017.

Rio team mates Laura Graves, Kasey Perry-Glass and Allison Brock are based on the East Coast with the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida over winter the next competition.

Results:

Grand Prix
C: Kolstad – USA
Rider Nat. Horse T Pl.
Peters, Steffen USA Rosamunde 78.800 1
Blake, David USA Ikaros 70.200 2
Rocovich, Terri USA Uiver 67.800 3
Carter, Mark  USA Bellino 66.500 4
Weinert, Emma  AUS Velvet 64.700 5