While Shannon Peters husband Steffen was breaking records at the World Dressage Masters in Wellington, Florida, his wife was achieving her own milestone in the first CDI with her Grand Prix partner Odyssey. After two years full of starts and delays, Shannon Peters navigated Odyssey to win the top honors in Odyssey’s first CDI Grand Prix Special class with a 66. 250%. Odyssey is owned by Akiko Yamasaki and is a lovely 15 year old KWPN gelding by Ferro out Gerina. Especially since this is Odyssey’s first Grand Prix CDI, Peters is extremely happy that he put in two days back to back of solid, on-the-aids tests. Peters says, “He is a difficult horse to work with. He can be spooky and hot. In addition, he had had a full year off in 2010.” Prior to that, he had had four years off from showing, so getting him in the CDI arena for two solid tests was important. “This is a turning point for him for sure. He was terrific both days,” said Peters.
Shannon has only been working with Odyssey since 2009. Preceding his being imported, he had been in Anky’s training barn in Holland. “When I began to work with him,” she said, “he could do all of the Grand Prix movements, but not necessarily put a test together. He had only shown through fourth level in Europe. Also, having not shown in four years was our challenge.” This weekend, the pair showed the fruit of Shannon’s diligent efforts. Placing fourth in Saturday’s Grand Prix test with a 65.532%, Peters was most happy with his piaffe and passage work. In Sunday’s Grand Prix Special, she felt he really showed his high quality passage. “The Special is a good test for him as he can show the passage and also the changes. His changes on the centerline are quite good.” Shannon hopes this turn toward consistent performances will continue!.