On the Scene at the 2nd Annual Del Mar Classic CDI
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Steffen Peters and his Olympic Mount Ravel were back in action this weekend at the CDI World Cup qualifier. The paired performed a flawless winning Grand Prix ride earning a score of 73.875%. Ravel, a ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Contango, showed beautiful piaffe and passage along with exceptional trot half-passes. Peters was very pleased with his ride saying, “Ravel, felt great today, he was very relaxed.
If I had had a ride like that at the Olympics, it would have been good enough for the Bronze Medal!” Peters went on to say how pleased he is with Ravel. “He grew up a lot this season, between training at Aachen for several weeks before the Olympics in show like conditions and then riding in an environment like Hong Kong really helped him mature.”
Peters hopes for great things from Ravel in the future. When asked about his coming plans he said, “I am shooting for the World Cup in Las Vegas in 2009. However, we must compete in all three CDI/W’s in order to qualify; all three scores must be used, there is not a drop score. Also, I would love to go to Europe next year and do a few shows, maybe five big shows. But I really want to save him for WEG in 2010.”
Ebeling and Morse Secure Second Through Fourth Places in Grand Prix
Leslie Morse rode both her stallions, Kingston (KWPN) and Tip Top (SWB), in the Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon. Morse and Kingston, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Voltaire, put in a powerful and relaxed test to earn a score of 67.250%. The pair finished 2nd in the Grand Prix.
The CDI ground jury said, “Leslie and Kingston look great. Kingston was very relaxed and obedient in the both the trot tour and in the canter tour.” Morse also rode her other stallion, Tip Top, to a 4th place finish with a score of 65.417%. Sandwiched between Morse’s two rides was Jan Ebeling aboard the lovely 11-year-old Oldenberg mare jointly owned by Ann Romney, Beth Meyer, Pat Crow and Amy Ebeling, Ralfalca, who placed third with a 66.958%.
CDI Grand Prix Results
Steffen Peters and Ravel 73.875%
Leslie Morse and Kingston 67.250%
Jan Ebeling and Raflaca 66.958%
Leslie Morse and Tip Top 65.417%
Kristina Harrison-Naness and Rociero XV 62.625%
Ebeling Wins CDI Intermediate-1
Jan Ebeling, aboard the nine-year-old Westfalen stallion Louis Ferdinand by Larentianer, won the second leg of the Intermediate-1 with a 65.700% maintaining his overall lead for the I-1 Championship Class.
CDI Intermediate-1 Results
Jan Ebeling and Louis Ferdinand 65.700%
Stacy Zwergel and Sante 62.400%
Erin Mashburn-Boddaert and Hugo 61.600%
Michele DeLuna and Rapallo 56.450%