Steffen Peters (USA) aboard Rosamunde, the eight-year-old Rhinelander mare, won the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3* presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty at the 2015 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), in truly incredible form scoring a 71.300%. Arlene Page (USA) and Woodstock placed second with a 70.420%, followed by Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastels Nintendo in third receiving a 70.360%. Peters was quick to give the young mare praise, as she is still very green at the Grand Prix level. "She amazed me the first day I sat on her. She's just so focused. We had a few little rookie mistakes today, but there are a lot of wonderful things and the best thing is that she does it with so much lightness. There's a lot of expression, and she feels so beautiful in the contact," he said. The mare, who has only done one Grand Prix prior to competing today, has a bright future ahead of her with Peters in the irons. Rosamunde, who contested Small Tour classes in Europe last year, stepped up to the plate when Peters began asking for Grand Prix movements.
"We started playing with the movements at summer training camp, and I wouldn't compete her in the Grand Prix if I felt like I was pushing the movements. But once we started to try, it worked out great," he commented. "The test two weeks ago was better, but it is still not a test in any way, shape, or form, I could be negative about. It's really just a great to have an eight-year-old Grand Prix horse."
As to a comparison between his two most established partners and Rosamunde, the now retired Ravel and his other Grand Prix mount here at AGDF, Legolas 92, Peters said there are similarities between the three but she seems to be more like Ravel at this point in her training. "They are all very different horses and the main similarity is that they all have a wonderful attitude and it is an honor to work with them each and every day. I do feel like her canter and canter pirouettes and also her trot half passes feel quite like Ravel's, so you know he taught me so well, and I think Rosie will benefit from that," he related.
Arlene Page, coming off a strong start to her 2015 season at AGDF, was pleased with her test aboard Woodstock, as it exuded confidence and was much more relaxed than her last outing with the gelding two weeks ago. "It's nice to just do a solid and clean test. There was a lot of nice, steady canter work and a lot of confidence," she said when describing her ride. "I am really lucky that I was able to experience this environment because he was a lot more content around the things that grabbed his attention two weeks ago. He was much more secure in his own body today, and I like that feeling a lot."
The partnership between Page and Woodstock is relatively new, as this is her second year with the gelding and their connection and trust has grown incredibly since she took over the ride. "At this stage in the game it's about building him up carefully. I really believe he can be a top, top horse, but I don't want to leave a hole anywhere in his training. He needs to continue developing and also building the trust in himself and in me," she explained. Woodstock has consistently improved upon his scores throughout this half of the AGDF season and Page hopes to continue that improvement throughout the rest of the year.
Page, who is based in Wellington for majority of the year, feels so fortunate to live close to the AGDF grounds, as it gives her horses the experience they need to progress through the levels. "I just want to continue to give him these great opportunities with great venues. I have to say this venue is as fantastic as anywhere you could find in the world and for me to say that it's in my backyard is really just terrific," she expressed.
Charlotte Jorst brought an incredible energy to the press conference, and her excitement was palpable as her third place finish was a personal best in a Grand Prix class for her and partner Kastel's Nintendo. "Just sitting next to these people right now. Last year, I read about them and this year I'm sitting here so it's pretty exciting," she smiled. "I didn't have any expectations. I was just out there to try and learn as much as I could and my goal today was to just get a clean test and see if I could get that done."
The duo will look to improve upon their scores in the next few weeks of the AGDF circuit and then Jorst will head back home to Reno, NV, to continue training and see what the pair can accomplish before next fall. "I would love to go ride in Europe. I've never trained there before or done any of the big shows. I would love to get on a team. I would go and do it if I ever got the chance," she said.
Final Results FEI Grand Prix CDI3* presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%
1. Steffen Peters (USA), Rosamunde, 2007 Rheinlander mare, Rock Forever x First Lady x Fidermark: 71.100%, 72.100%, 71.500%, 70.700%, 71.100%, 71.300%
2. Arlene Page (USA), Woodstock, 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding, Havel x Mirania x Contango: 70.400%, 70.400%, 69.300%, 70.600%, 71.400%, 70.420%
3. Charlotte Jorst (USA), Kastels Nintendo, 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion, Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco: 71.500%, 70.000%, 69.100%, 68.600%, 72.400%, 70.360%
4. Carrie Schopf (ARM), Sancisco OLD, 2001 Oldenburg gelding, Sandro Song x Rosenfee x Rohdiamant: 69.400%, 70.200%, 70.500%, 68.100%, 70.300%, 69.700%
5. Lisa Wilcox (USA), Pikko del Cerro HU, 2003 Hanoverian stallion, Pik L x Rohweena x Rohdiamont: 68.800%, 71.500%, 66.600%, 68.400%, 71.700%, 69.400%
6. Christoph Koschel (GER), Rostropowitsch NRW, 2002 Westphalian gelding, Rockwell x Windcandela x Coriograf B: 68.200%, 68.700%, 71.100%, 67.600%, 69.900%, 68.900%
7. Shelly Francis (USA), Danilo, 2004 Hanoverian gelding, De Niro x Annabella x Andiamo: 66.400%, 71.100%, 70.000%, 69.400%, 67.600%, 68.900%
8. Alice Tarjan (USA), Elfenfeuer, 2007 Oldenburg mare, Florencio x Elfensonne x Sion: 69.900%, 67.700%, 65.600%, 66.900%, 69.500%, 67.920%
To learn more about the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival and for schedules and ride times, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com for more information. The FEI CDI5*/3*/1* competition will continue through Sunday February 5, 2015.
About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world's largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 7 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations' Cup Series CDIO in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF offers more than $650,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area.