Just a matter of days before he canters down centerline at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Omaha, Neb. with new star Rosamunde, Steffen Peters enjoyed a winning weekend in the small tour at the Dressage Affaire with Four Winds Farm’s nine-year-old Oldenburg Bailarino (Breitling W x Schila by De Niro). The flashy chestnut gelding impressed the judges in the CDI Prix St. Georges test for a winning score of 73.526% over Nicholia Clarke and Quincy (Oldenburg gelding Quaterback x Breanna by Brentano II, owned by Jennifer Mason) with 71.500%, and then repeated their victorious performance in Saturday’s Intermediaire I class to win with 73.500%.
“This was a highly competitive division with the quality of the horses and riders being very impressive,” said Geikie. “But Steffen was the clear winner. He is such a talented rider, and can get the most out of any horse that it is capable of giving. Highlights included a beautiful extended walk, the tempis and pirouettes, and with every horse Steffen rides he seems to instill a sense of sereneness even if the horse doesn’t naturally possess it. This is a talented, very athletic horse with lovely gaits and he was ridden beautifully. It’s definitely a horse for the future.” Meanwhile, Kim Yacobucci and her Oldenburg mare Dona Rosa (Don Graphit x Lalique by Layout) rebounded from a second-place finish in the Intermediaire I class (69.474%) to put in a winning effort in Sunday’s Intermediaire I Freestyle, earning the unanimous favor of the judges with a top score of 73.900%
Complete results for the 2017 Dressage Affaire CDI and open show are available at www.horseshowoffice.com. For more information about Cornerstone Event Management and their lineup of 2017 dressage competitions, visit www.cornerstonedressage.com.