Steffen Peters and Ravel have claimed their part of Aachen history by being the first US Rider to win the Grand Prix Dressage CDIO at Aachen. Peters and Akiko Yamazaki’s 11-year-old Dutch gelding Ravel put in a history making ride, scoring 77.830% in the Grand Prix against many of the best horses and riders in the world. The five judges unanimously placed the pair first, and their average was more than 5 points clear of second place finisher, Hans Peter Minderhoud and Exquis Nadine. Among those left in their wake were 2008 Olympic Gold medalists Anky van Grunsven and IPS Salinero, who finished fifth on a score of 71.362%.
The pair's quest for a sweep of CDIO Aachen will resume on Saturday, July 4, America's Independence Day, in the Grand Prix Special and Sunday in the Freestyle.
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