Steffen Peters Sweeps Away Ribbons and Trophies at CDI*** Burbank

At the CDI*** Burbank, Steffen Peters of Escondido, CA, swept away many ribbons and most trophies in the FEI classes. The CDI*** Burbank is an international dressage competition embedded in the Festival of the Horse, which served as the West Coast qualifier for the 2003 USET Grand Prix Championships and the Pan American Games Selection Trails.

Riding Lila Kommerstedt's Dutch Warmblood Marlando, Peters dominated the small tour. Placing second in the Prix St Georges with 69.850% and winning the Intermediaire I with 70.200%, Peters is in the saddle of a new Grand Prix hopeful who can succeed his 15-year old Grandeur later on. Peters chose not to ride the Intermediaire I freestyle, so this gave Canadian outsider Leslie Reid a chance to shine. Reid won the kur with Largo (70.700%) and was ahead of the Prix St Georges winner, Kathleen Raine on Lord Glendale. The "small tour" at the CDI Burbank was a heavy populated class with 28 riders scoring above 60%.

In the Grand Prix, Peters presented his good old Grandeur once again. Despite Grandeur's 15 years, the dark bay Dutch bred gelding by John U to Berry xx is still in top shape and apt to score. In the Grand Prix for Special, Kyra Kyrklund's prodigy Leslie Morse topped the score board with her licensed stallion Kingston. With 68.875%, Morse was only a few points ahead of Peters, who received 68.417% from the judges. In the Grand Prix Special, however, the tables were turned and Peters lead with 68.440%, while Morse followed in second place with 68.240%.

The Grand Prix for Freestyle and the Grand Prix Freestyle in Burbank was the time and location for a duel between Jan Ebeling and Leigh Cochran. In the Grand Prix, Ebeling excelled with Acres Focus, but the competition was tough and high scores were hard to achieve. Ebeling scored a moderate 63.083%, while Cochran finished second with 62.917%. Cochran rode her Dutch warmblood gelding Jack (by Zeoliet x Zevenaar) for the first time this season.

In the Freestyle, both riders spiced up their act and their scores climbed a bit. Cochran rode to a Celtic influenced soundtrack which was originally Jack's Intermediaire I music. The duo took the blue with 65.725%, while Ebeling and his Zorro freestyle were good for 64.925%.

by Astrid Appels

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