Steffen Peters Rides Suppenkasper to Personal Best Score to Win Wellington World Cup Grand Prix

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Steffen Peters riding Suppenkasper to a personal best score to win the Wellington World Cup Grand Prix. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 6, 2020–Steffen Peters rode Suppenkasper to a personal best score to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Thursday.

Steffen and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding scored 76.869% to lengthen the American pair’s undefeated streak to five victories in five starts at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex this year. The previous best score for the pair was 76.304% set in California last spring.

With two of three qualifying scores already in hand, Steffen and the horse he has been competing for two years as a Tokyo Olympic prospect performs the Freestyle under the lights Friday night that appears certain to earn the pair a start at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in mid-April.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir placed second on 73.891% in only their third start since returning from a break of 18 months to recover hoof problems stemming from a farrier problem.

Agnete Kirk Thinggaard, the Danish Olympian competing in Florida for her first winter circuit, was third on Blue Hors Zatchmo with a score of 71.413%.

Olivia LaGoy Weltz and Lonoir in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The ride by Steffen and Suppenkasper, with the nickname of “Mopsie” inherited from previous owner, German Olympic rider Helen Langehanenberg, received a high mark of 79.130% from Hans Voser of Switzerland, one above 77%, two above 76% and the fifth 75.543%. The extended canter received the highest marks, three eights and two nines.

Both Debbie McDonald, the U.S. team trainer, and he, Steffen said, “feel that there might be an 80% in there and you know it doesn’t hurt to dream about that and visualize that and knowing what an 80% feels like. We have seen it from so many riders in here, especially from Laura where we know what that 80% is like. The dream and the goal is there.”

Steffen of San Diego, California who is in Florida seeking to qualify for the U.S. team for Tokyo that would be his fifth Olympics explained the development of Suppenkasper this year.

“Every show has been getting a little bit better. I was super excited because in the walk I heard the tents flapping, but Mopsie didn’t hear it and that’s a huge step ahead because that really threw him off the first week when we competed here.

“So I have been exposing him and exposing him and we’re walking in the morning, working a little bit in the afternoon and then another 20 minutes before the test. So this was the plan. The Wellington arena was the plan to give him the exposure for the future.

“When a horse is this rideable, so soft in the contact, always so perfect in the frame, he goes forward at any time, he comes back at any time, he goes sideways at any time so easily, so extremely rideable–it’s a feeling that you can’t give less then a 10. I wish the judges could experience that because it is incredible what this horse can feel like and that gives an effortless picture. I still believe that the harmony goes way, way over expression. Yes there is enough expression in there, but I would never sacrifice the harmony over expression.”

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix

Judges Clive Halsall Hans Voser Cesar Torrente Lee Tubman Christof Umbach
Place Score % Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 76.869 USA Steffen Peters Suppenkasper 77.065 79.130 75.543 76.196 76.413
2. 73.891 USA Olivia LaGoy-Weltz Lonoir 75.000 72.609 75.217 73.152 73.478
3. 71.413 DEN Agnete Kirk Thinggaard Blue Hors Zatchmo 72.174 72.391 70.543 69.783 72.174
4. 70.761 DOM Yvonne Losos De Muñiz Aquamarijn 69.022 71.739 72.174 70.978 69.891
5. 70.261 JPN Kazuki Sado Barolo 69.674 70.978 71.522 69.130 70.000
6. 70.065 CAN Megan Lane Zodiac MW 70.000 72.391 69.783 68.696 69.457
7. 69.391 USA Anna Marek Dee Clair 69.457 67.609 70.435 69.130 70.326
8. 69.239 CAN Jaimey Irwin Donegal V 71.304 68.370 68.804 68.370 69.348
9. 69.109 USA Rebecca Waite Doktor 69.674 69.674 68.804 70.217 67.174
10. 68.261 CAN Naima Moreira Laliberte I Do Kiss 67.174 68.370 69.022 67.065 69.674
11. 68.130 USA Heather Blitz Semper Fidelis 67.174 69.783 65.543 68.804 69.348
12. 66.348 USA James Koford Adiah HP 64.783 67.283 66.739 66.522 66.413
13. 66.326 MEX Martha Fernanda Del Valle Quirarte Beduino Lam 66.196 65.217 67.391 66.957 65.870
14. 65.370 AUS Nicholas Fyffe Fiero HGF 65.870 60.870 64.348 67.500 68.261 ()
15. 65.174 CAN Jill Irving Arthur 68.261 63.587 64.565 65.109 64.348 ()
16. 65.044 SWE Caroline Darcourt Paridon Magi 66.196 62.283 66.848 65.652 64.239 ()
17. 64.696 USA Jan Ebeling Indeed 64.348 63.152 64.674 65.326 65.978 ()
18. 64.261 ISR Sahar Daniel Hirosh Whitman 64.674 60.978 64.239 66.087 65.326 ()
19. 63.369 USA Bent Jensen Chance 66.739 60.217 65.435 64.239 60.217 ()
20. 63.044 CAN Evi Strasser Rigaudon Tyme 65.217 62.609 61.739 61.957 63.696 ()
21. 62.848 USA Jessica Jo Tate Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon 65.652 61.087 61.413 61.848 64.239 ()
22. 61.978 CRC Gloriana Herrera Vampiro De Pereto 60.652 61.957 60.435 63.261 63.587 ()
23. 60.522 SUI Barbara Bertschinger Rubin Cortes OLD 60.761 60.000 59.891 62.391 59.565 ()

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