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