Steffen Peters (USA) and Rosamunde, the spectacular mare who has wowed crowds this week at AGDF, took home another win, this time in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty at the 2015 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). The duo received a 73.745% to win the class followed closely by Charlotte Jorst and Kastel's Nintendo scoring a 69.608% and Shelly Francis and Danilo in third on a 69.137%. Peters said the pair made further strides building their relationship today, as "Rosie" really impressed him in her ability to carry herself. "The beautiful thing about today was that I found I can really trust her in the piaffe. I didn't trust her enough in the first piaffe in the Grand Prix on Thursday, and she got a little bit quick," he explained. "I rode it today just like I do in training and that is quite unusual to be able to do with a horse in the show arena. Her one-tempis also worked beautifully and they were a bit straighter already than the first day." CLICK HERE to watch Steffen Peters and Rosamunde's winning FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*!
The mare looks to be the next big star of dressage in the U.S. and continues to impress Peters with her trainability and willingness. "She is a horse you can really count on. Never since I have had her has she taken a wrong step or said no. She just has that type of attitude that reminds me an awful lot of Ravel. She has the power and this beautiful soft connection," he smiled. "When we retired Ravel I didn't think I would ever get that feeling again in the show arena, and it is a true honor to ride a horse like that not just in the show ring, but every single day."
Peters will look to continue educating the mare at the Grand Prix level but will be very careful not to push too hard because of her young age. "When I get home I would like to work on the transition from piaffe to passage and the straightness of the changes. Otherwise I am perfectly happy, and it is just sensational for an eight-year-old horse to be at this level. I would be silly to criticize her."
Charlotte Jorst has another fantastic ride aboard her stallion, Kastel's Nintendo. The duo has only been together for a year, but you would never be able to tell from their consistent performances in the ring. "He always feels great. I'm still learning how long to warm him up and today I think I may have warmed him up a bit too much because if he comes out soft, he only needs ten minutes to feel great," she said commenting on her test today.
The pair will compete again in two CDIs in March at AGDF and will look forward to a strong summer circuit in California. "I don't know what I'm going to do after California, but I'm going to continue competing because I have so much fun." Jorst will be adding a new mount to her growing string, as she recently purchased Akeem Foldager from Andreas Helgstrand in Denmark and the horse will arrive on U.S. soil next week. "I'm just over the moon, and we will see how I can ride him. Maybe he will be a Pan American Games contender, but I'm just going to see if I can ride him first and get the one and two tempis because they're the hardest for me, but if we can get them, I would love to go for it."
Shelly Francis (USA) and Danilo had a strong showing in the class, and Francis feels like she is starting to get a hold of Danilo's nerves in the ring. "If you overwhelm him he just gets hotter and hotter, so I am being really careful to make sure we don't fry him mentally and do it the right way. He is so talented physically, he just has a little bit of catching up to do mentally," she said.
The pair enjoys relaxing work sessions during the week to help keep the gelding calm and continue to build on their already solid relationship. "He's learning to trust me more, and he's staying much calmer. He really internalizes everything and starts to get nervous. We do a lot of work in the field several days a week and give him a chance to look at things. It's good for him. He's a very stimulated horse."
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.
Final Results for FEI Grand Prix Special 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 Rhinelander mare, Rock Forever x First Lady x Fidermark: 76.863%, 72.451%, 73.235%, 71.078%, 75.098%, 73.745%
2. Charlotte Jorst (USA), Kastels Nintendo, 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion, Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco: 67.451%, 70.490%, 68.627%, 70.196%, 71.275%, 69.608%
3. Shelly Francis (USA), Danilo, 2004 Hanoverian gelding, De Niro x Annabella x Andiamo: 69.510% 69.706%, 70.490%, 67.647%, 68.333%, 69.137%
4. Arlene Page (USA), Woodstock, 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding, Havel x Mirania x Contango: 69.412%, 67.451% 70.980%, 68.235%, 68.725%, 68.961%
5. Carrie Schopf (ARM), Sancisco OLD, 2001 Oldenburg gelding, Sandro Song x Rosenfee x Rohdiamant: 71.078%, 68.529%, 65.980%, 67.745%, 67.549%, 67.824%
6. Lara Griffith (GBR), Rubin Al Asad, 2002 Hanoverian gelding, Rubin Royal x Wandergirl: 66.373%, 67.059%, 70.392%, 67.745%, 67.549%, 67.824%
7. Alice Tarjan (USA), Elfenfeuer, 2007 Oldenburg mare, Florencio x Elfensonne x Sion: 65.980%, 66.961%, 65.490%, 69.216%, 66.569%, 66.843%
8. Yvonne Losos de Muniz (DOM), Foco Loco W, 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding, V Sierappel x M. Weingraefin: 65.784%, 64.412%, 64.804%, 67.745%, 65.196%, 65.588%
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.