Steffen Peters Has “Best” Ride So Far On Suppenkasper to Win Del Mar National Grand Prix
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DEL MAR, California, Feb. 2, 2018–Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper performed their “best test” so far to win the Adequen West Coast Dressage Festival national Grand Prix Friday, a day before Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg presents a demonstration at Del Mar with the horse that she trained to Big Tour.
The score for Steffen of neighboring San Diego and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding was 75.652 per cent from the single judge.
The ride came two week after their previous competition, a CDI3* in which the pair were awarded 74.587 per cent by an international panel of five judges. Steffen and Suppenkasper launched their Big Tour career in early January, competing in four CDI3* Grand Prix classes before this week.
“Mopsi,” as Suppenkasper was originally nicknamed in German by Helen, “was “super today, no mistakes,” Steffen told dressage-news.com. “Better piaffe/passage today.”
Suppenkasper was bought last summer by Four Winds Farm as a prospect for Steffen for the American team for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Helen Langehanenberg, the German Olympic and World Games competitor, arrives in California later Friday for a master class at the festival, in the third of four weeks of the new California dressage circuit.
Rosamunde, his other Grand Prix mount also owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds, returns to the CDI arena in the World Cup Grand Prix later Friday after a nine-month break from competition.
The Rhinelander mare, 11 years old, is one of six combinations on the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Elite squad that have attained CDI Grand Prix scores of at least 73 per cent.