Steffen Peters was ecstatic about his 77.66% scoring ride in the CDI Grand Prix on Ravel, his 2008 Olympic mount. “I am happy not only that this is our personal best in the Grand Prix, but also that we did it at home. It is always more difficult to score your best at home. The home crowd is a competitor’s toughest audience.” Ravel and Peters, stars around the international dressage community, still live and train right here in Del Mar where the show takes place. Peters, as the consummate competitor, is well aware of the unique challenges of competing in a great stakes’ show on home turf.
They put in a flawless test for the 77.67% with one score of 80.00% from Wim Ernes from Holland who officiated at C, proving even to the home crowd and to himself that they are well prepared and sharp enough to represent the USA at the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games in September in Kentucky.
Peters said, “This is our second CDI and our last required qualifier. We rode the required Freestyle in Florida and scored 81%, and Sunday here we will ride the required Grand Prix Special.” When asked if he will go to Europe to train before WEG, Peters said, “No, we will not travel to Europe this summer. But, I do want Ravel to stay sharp so I will compete with him at the Del Mar CDI and later in the San Diego chapter’s summer shows. It is not good to keep a horse out of the competition arena for too long.” Adrienne Lyle on the Hannoverian Wizard owned by Peggy Thomas placed second in the Grand Prix with a 68.2134%. She was followed closely by third placed Guenter Seidel on UII who scored a 68.043%.