Steffen Peters & Suppenkasper Win Thermal World Cup Freestyle With One of Highest Scores in Five Years of Top Sport

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Steffen Peters riding Suppenkasper in the Thermal World Cup. © 2022 Terri Miller

THERMAL, California, Nov. 19, 2022–Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday with one of the highest scores in almost five years of top sport for the partnership pursuing a start at the Final in Omaha next April.

The score of 82.020% for Steffen and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding nicknamed “Mopsie,” was just a fraction off 82.525% posted in Germany in July and a personal best of 83.495% almost five years ago.

The 2009 World Cup champion rider who with Suppenkasper was on the U.S. silver medal teams at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and the Tokyo Olympics moves into a tie for third with 20 points in the North American league of the championship that gets to send three horse and rider combinations in the lineup of 18 starters at Omaha next April.

The ride was “one of Mospie’s better Freestyles,” Steffen of San Diego, California told

” I was very happy the way he felt, still very energetic, and a wonderful start for the World Cup season.”

Anna Buffini on the 15-year-old Hanoverian mare FRH Davinia la Douce scored 77.500% for runner-up as they were in the Grand Prix Friday. Anna of Rancho Santa Fe, California competed Davinia at the World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany last April.

Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada and Kastel’s Nintendo, a KWPN stallion who will be 20 years old by the time of the Final, was third on 74.110%. The duo competed in top European events last summer.

The results in Thermal intensify the battle by American riders to be selected for Omaha before what will be an enthusiastic home crowd.

Two more qualifiers remain in Thermal–Dec. 15-18 and Jan. 5-8–with four to come at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida from Dec. 8-12 with the wrap-up Mar. 1-5.

Alice Tarjan of Oldwick, New Jersey leads the North American standings with two victories in qualifiers to earn 40 points, Michael Bragdell of Colora, Maryland stands second on 35 points followed by Sarah Tubman of Wellington in third now tied by Steffen on 20 points.

Steffen won the World Cup Final on Ravel in Las Vegas in 2009, only the second American to claim the title. Debbie McDonald was the first American rider to claim the championship.

Suppenkasper is owned by Akiko Yamazaki as was Ravel and other horses that Steffen has competed.


World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Janet Lee Foy Maria Colliander Michael Osinski Hans-Christian Matthiesen Henning Lehrmann
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 82.020 USA Steffen Peters Suppenkasper 82.425 82.600 81.625 80.875 82.575
2. 77.500 USA Anna Buffini FRH Davinia la Douce 77.700 77.425 75.275 76.800 80.300
3. 74.110 USA Charlotte Jorst Kastel’s Nintendo 74.250 75.425 74.400 72.950 73.525
4. 73.410 USA Kristina Harrison-Antell Finley 74.425 73.500 73.025 71.850 74.250
5. 71.010 USA Claire Darnell Harrold S 70.850 72.375 70.175 68.775 72.875
RET. CAN Pia Fortmüller Frieda