Wellington, FL -Steffen Peters (USA) and Rosamunde continued their dominance in Large Tour competition at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, earning top scores in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, to take the class with a 73.333%. Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet earned another top finish, adding a second place collection for the week, while young talent Juan Matute, Jr. (ESP) and Quantico Ymas earned third place with a 69.059%.
Peters and Rosamunde have taken the dressage world by storm as he and the stunning 2007 Rhinelander mare, owned by Four Winds Farm, continue to make a strong statement with their efficiency in the ring.
"She's clearly improving and the one-tempis were already straighter. The weak parts were better today and we just had silly little things. She anticipated the two-tempis a bit and then at the end, the final halt, she stepped a little bit back. Silly little things, but expensive things," noted Peters. "The collected wasn't quite as relaxed, but things that were very difficult for her are better. Those are minor little things and are easier to polish."
Rosamunde has progressed quickly through the beginning of her young career and Peters plans to keep her feeling comfortable, but confident, through their training at home. "The good thing with Rosie is that I don't have to push her. She wants to go. There are so many situations, especially in the first few extended trots, where I'm holding her back a little bit. At home, it is just very comfortable and not stressful so she just offers so much," he explained. "I don't think it's really about what you're doing in the show arena, it's more of what you're doing in the warm-up and how much work you have to do at home. That's the main thing. I always believe in keeping them mentally just as healthy as they are physically healthy."
As the combination heads back to California to test the rest of the season before the pressure begins to rise with the qualifications and selections for the 2016 Olympic Games, Peters is confident that "Rosie" will continue to improve during the duration. "Rosie needs to get stronger, and we have a nice fitness program laid out for her. We're skipping the next CDI in California, but we'll show her again in late March. It's always easy to think about improving, but it's also equally important to think about maintaining what we have. I believe in bubble-wrapping them when they're good."
Peters brought Legolas 92 and Rosamunde to PBIEC for the USEF Festival of Champions in December 2015 and for this week's competition. He explained why traveling to Wellington during the winter season is not just important for his horses, but for the sport.
"This is the place to be from January to March," he said. "Nowhere else in the world, even at the Grand Prix, do you have such a wonderful turn out. We had a great panel of judges for both the CDI 3* and CDI 5*. We have to support shows like this and on top of that, I've never seen anywhere in America a crowd like we had last night. When the audience is that generous, the riders need to play along and show up here."
Perry-Glass has shot through the national rankings at the Grand Prix level with Goerklintgaards Dublet over the course of the past month and the combination continues to show improvements in their tests together with each outing. "He felt really good in the warm up, probably the best I've ever felt him. He was really focused and relaxed, but hot at the same time. When I went into the ring, I felt he got a little bit hotter. There were a few mistakes in the test, but that was probably the most focused and in front of my leg that I've ever felt him," commented Perry-Glass. "That was the positive thing for today. It's just a matter of pilot errors on my end. It's me getting used to him in the ring, and we're going to continue working on that."
With two horses competitive at the Grand Prix level, Perry-Glass has found herself learning more about her own riding and technique under the watchful eye of trainer Debbie McDonald. Gaining more experience in the international arena is a priority for Perry and "Dublet" who are still solidifying their partnership together at the Grand Prix.
"We are entered into the CDI-W at the end of the month and then possibly skip the Palm Beach Derby, but have put in our application for the CDIO Nations Cup and see where it goes from there," explained Perry of her future plans with "Dublet". "If Scarlett doesn't get into the top eight for the traveling tour to Europe, we're possible going to breed her because she's such a good mare. That's her plan and then we're shooting for that top eight with Dublet."
The young Juan Matute, Jr. found himself among some of the best in today's FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, but that did not deter him from riding a beautiful test aboard Quantico Ymas for third place. "It's the details of the tests. I think we have all of the relaxation and the movements. I've been riding him now for three years. This was our first CDI Grand Prix so I was very happy with the results and really proud of our progress and our journey," he explained. "It's a horse that is very sensitive. He's from a jumping line by Fighting Fit so he's a horse that has really made me work everyday and analyze my basic concepts of riding. He has a lot of talent. He's ambitious in the ring, which helps, but today was very good."
Ever so early in his career, Matute has found success in the inner workings of the basic movements, which has helped to increase scores and create a more secure partnership with Quantico Ymas.
"We always begin working on the passage and piaffe when they're young, maybe five or six years old, to start developing that power from behind little by little. He's always been a talented passage horse because he likes to sit a lot. We've been working little by little on our way up to Grand Prix, but really only over the past year did we start to consider moving him up to the Under 25 division and then to the Grand Prix."
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Final Results FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty
1. Steffen Peters (USA), Rosamunde, 2007 Rhinelander mare by Rock Forever x First Lady x Fidermark owned by Four Winds Farm: 74.608%, 72.941%, 72.647%, 71.569%, 74.902%, 73.333%
2. Kasey Perry-Glass (USA), Goerklintgaards Dublet, 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding by Diamond Hit x La Costa x Olympic Ferro owned by Diane Perry: 71.667%, 72.745%, 70.784%, 70.196%, 71.373%, 71.353%
3. Juan Matute, Jr. (ESP), Quantico Ymas, 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Fighting Fit x Hauptstutbuch owned by Juan Matute: 69.706%, 70.392%, 67.647%, 68.725%, 68.824%, 69.059%
4. Anna Marek (USA), Unico G, 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Negro x Kleora x Animo owned by Anna Marek: 68.725%, 67.549%, 68.039%, 68.725%, 69.118%, 68.431%
5. Mikala Gundersen (DEN), HF Victor, 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Gribaldi x Miana x Burggraaf owned by Virginia Alling: 67.255%, 68.627%, 66.176%, 66.765%, 70.000%, 67.765%
6. P.J. Rizvi (USA), Unlimited, 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Jazz x Clairudith x Winckenburgh owned by Peacock Ridge LLC: 65.980%, 68.824%, 66.765%, 66.765%, 66.667%, 67.000%
7. Suzan Pape (GBR), Harmony's Fiorano, 2005 Hanoverian gelding by Rousseau x Rawina x Rotspon owned by Harmony Sporthorses: 68.039%, 66.078%, 66.667%, 64.510%, 66.667%, 66.392%
8. Chris Von Martels (CAN), Divertimento, 2002 Westphalian gelding by Di Versace x Fatima x Farragamo owned by Lövsta Stuteri: 68.235%, 64.804%, 65.000%, 65.784%, 66.176%, 66.000%