Steffen Peters & Rosamunde Return to Form to Win Del Mar World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle
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DEL MAR, California, Apri 29, 2017–Steffen Peters and Rosamunde returned to form to win the Del Mar National World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night.
Steffen of San Diego, California and the 10-year-old Rhinelander mare (Rock Forever x Fidermark) scored 76.225 per cent for the victory, surpassing their Omaha World Cup performance a month ago that was awarded 75.879 per cent.
Saturday night’s win to the music performed at Omaha gave the duo 21 victories in 34 starts on both sides of the Atlantic since beginning Big Tour in February 2015 and recovered from their first ever sub-70 per cent score in the Grand Prix Friday though still topping the field.
Steffen does not plan to take Rosamunde, owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm, to the U.S. championships in Gladstone next month after a year in which the mare was competed at Las Vegas in January, Wellington, Florida in February and in Omaha last month.
Kimberly McGrath of Yucaipa, California on Winslow placed second on 73.425 per cent with Jan Eberling of Moorpark, California on FRH Rassolini third on 70.325 per cent.
The Del Mar National kicked off almost a year of North American League qualifiers for two places at the World Cup Final in Paris next April 10-15.
It is the only World Cup event in the western United States this year but the schedule for next winter has not yet been finalized. A qualifier that had been scheduled for Thousand Oaks, California in September was scratched from the calendar.
A new qualifier is on the calendar on the East Coast, at Tryon, North Carolina joining Saugerties, New York and Devon, Pennsylvania staging World Cup events in September. Tryon will host the World Equestrian Games in September, 2018, and is organized by the same group that manages the Wellington winter shows of seven CDIs.
For the fourth year in a row, four World Cup qualifiers are tentatively scheduled for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Wellington.
Although Canada is in the North American League, no World Cup events have so far been placed on the calendar for the third year in a row.
Steffen brought to 15 the number of wins on Bailarino in 18 starts over the past year by winning the CDI1* Intermediate 1.
Rebecca Rigdon of San Diego, California and La Fariah placed second on a personal best 70.351 per cent.
Emma Weinert-O’Rourke of Australia but based in San Diego rode Zidane to third place on 67.719 per cent.