Steffen Peters & Rosamunde Narrowly Win Del Mar World Cup Grand Prix With Lowest Score for Pair

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Steffen Peters and Rosamnunde. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

DEL MAR, California, April 28, 2017–Steffen Peters and Rosamunde eked out a win over Dawn White-O’Connor on Legolas in the Del Mar National World Cup Grand Prix Friday, posting the lowest score for the pair in three years at Big and Small Tour.

Steffen and the 10-year-old Rhinelander mare (Rock Forever x Fidermark) scored 69.660 per cent, the only score below 70 per cent since beginning small tour in March, 2014 and moving up to Grand Prix a year later. The pair have competed on both sides of the Atlantic in each of the three years since the horse was bought by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm.

Dawn, an assistant trainer to Steffen at nearby San Diego, California, placed second on Legolas with a score of 69.120 per cent.

Dawn began competing the 15-year-old Westfalen gelding in January this year when Steffen decided to focus on Rosamunde after he rode Legolas on the United States bronze medal team at last year’s Rio Olympics.

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California on FRH Rassolini was third on 66.860 per cent.

Both Rosamunde and Legolas are owned by Akiko Yamazaki as was Ravel that Steffen rode in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, won two individual bronze medals at the 2010 World Games and was World Cup champion in 2009.

Steffen has already made clear he will not compete at the U.S. Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey to give Rosamunde a break from travel that has seen the pair compete in Las Vegas in January, Wellington, Florida in February and at the Omaha World Cup Final last month.

 

Steffen rode Bailarino to victory in the CDI1* Prix St. Georges, to bring the number of wins to 14 in 17 starts since the pair’s first CDI small tour start in March last year.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix
E: Saleh – FRA H: McMullen – CAN C: Colliander – FIN M: Weatherwax – USA B: Waddell – BRA
Rider Ctzn Horse E H . C M B T Pl.
Peters, Steffen USA Rosamunde 67.600 68.100 69.900 70.200 72.500 69.660 1
White-O’Connor, Dawn USA Legolas 92 67.000 69.500 68.900 69.400 70.800 69.120 2
Ebeling, Jan USA FRH Rassolini 65.900 66.800 66.200 68.900 66.500 66.860 3
McGrath, Kimberly USA Winslow 64.400 68.800 67.100 65.600 68.200 66.820 4
Rocovich, Terri USA Uiver (Iver) 62.200 66.500 65.300 65.100 65.100 64.840 5
Pooley, Mackinzie USA Aloha 66.200 62.900 65.300 62.200 64.500 64.220 6
White-O’Connor, Dawn USA Aristo 61.000 60.600 62.900 62.300 61.600 61.680 7
Ekstrand, Christine USA Fleur Rouge 61.700 63.900 61.400 60.100 60.000 61.420 8
Stroh, Lindsey CAN Lancelot 58.700 60.900 61.300 60.200 62.600 60.740 9

 

CDI1* Prix St Georges
H: Weatherwax – USA C: McMullen – CAN B: Saleh – FRA
Rider Ctzn Horse H C B T Pl.
Peters, Steffen USA Bailarino 73.816 72.763 72.368 72.982 1
Rigdon, Rebecca USA La Fariah 66.316 69.211 69.605 68.377 2
Ebeling, Jan USA Sergio Leone 68.289 65.921 68.947 67.719 3
Seidel, Guenter USA Crush On You 68.553 68.947 65.263 67.588 4
Weinert-O’Rourke, Emma AUS Zidane 66.447 68.684 67.500 67.544 5
Yamazaki, Akiko USA Chopin R 67.237 66.447 66.447 66.711 6
Martin, Susan L. USA Dominus 67.237 65.132 67.500 66.623 7
Ighani, Susan USA Liaison 66.579 66.579 65.789 66.316 8
Porter, Riana USA Dax 64.605 65.395 65.658 65.219 9
Lockman, Sarah USA Calimero 65.132 65.921 63.816 64.956 10
Silverman, Tiffany USA Sebastian 65.263 63.947 63.158 64.123 11