American Glory in Aachen: Steffen Peters Wins Grand Prix Group 1

Historically, the CDIO Aachen in Germany has mainly been dominated by Germans, but today American Steffen Peters changed that a bit by outclassing the European riders with a win in the Group 1 CDIO Grand Prix.

Aboard Laurie and Stephen Browning's Westfalian gelding Floriano (by Florestan), Peters rode a very pretty Grand Prix test with the half passes, canter pirouettes and extended walk as highlights. Though Floriano was sometimes a bit tight in the neck, he looked expressive and uphill throughout the test. Judges awarded Peters' ride with a 71.333% score which put him first in a field of 19 competitors.

Finnish Kyra Kyrklund has made an impressive, international come back this year with yet another world class horse. Yvette Conn's Swedish warmblood gelding Max (by Master x Alpenfurst) is a delightful liver chestnut with three outstanding paces. The piaffe and passage were fabulous, but due to a costly miss in the flying changes every single stride her score stopped going up at 70.500%. It ranked her second. The Russian Alexandra Korelova finished in third place with 69.833%. Her 15-year old grey Russian stallion Balagur can do textbook piaffes, but in the extended trot he is running a bit and his passage could be balanced out more.

Text and Photos copyrighted: Astrid Appels/Eurodressage

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