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FEI Grand Prix Special CDI4* Welcomes Consecutive Win for Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper

Sunday, January 31, 2021
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The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival continued on Saturday, January 30, with a consecutive win for the USA’s Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI4*, presented by Havensafe Farm. AGDF 3 concludes on Sunday, January 31, and the circuit hosts 10 weeks of international and national dressage competition until April 4. Free live streaming and on-demand of select classes are available to view at GlobalDressageFestival.com.

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Peters and Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Spielberg topped the class of 11 entries,  earning a final score of 75.766%.

“The grand prix special is always my favorite test,” began Peters. “It has those beautiful transitions from extended trot to passage, and then the half-passes are a little easier to ride, so there was a bit more of a throttle there with Mopsie today because he was so relaxed. The passage tour felt really good, and I really thought I had him there for the one tempis - I really collected him on the short side, and then I risked it a little and it was just a tad too much, so we had a small mistake. But, he’s done five shows in a row without a single mistake, and at the end of the day I am human, and they’re horses and not machines, so those things happen.”

Peters was happy with his mount’s strengths during the performance and noted his relaxation in the walk and patient transitions into piaffe. He explained, “He walked nicely, which is a challenge for him in the grand prix special because he gets so fired up from all of the extensions and all of the passage, and to get him to relax is not an easy thing. However, he waited patiently for me to ask for the piaffe, he didn’t anticipate it, so overall it was a good test and I’m happy with it.”

Click Here to watch Steffen's winning ride! (©Richard's Equine Video)

The pair won’t be back in the Global Stadium Arena at Equestrian Village until the five-star at AGDF 7, and Peters plans to work with U.S. Dressage coach Debbie McDonald on improvements between now and then. However, he noted, Mopsie will get some time to relax as well.

“The grand prix special is always my favorite test,” began Peters. “It has those beautiful transitions from extended trot to passage, and then the half-passes are a little easier to ride, so there was a bit more of a throttle there with Mopsie today because he was so relaxed. The passage tour felt really good, and I really thought I had him there for the one tempis – I really collected him on the short side, and then I risked it a little and it was just a tad too much, so we had a small mistake. But, he’s done five shows in a row without a single mistake, and at the end of the day I am human, and they’re horses and not machines, so those things happen.”

Peters was happy with his mount’s strengths during the performance and noted his relaxation in the walk and patient transitions into piaffe. He explained, “He walked nicely, which is a challenge for him in the grand prix special because he gets so fired up from all of the extensions and all of the passage, and to get him to relax is not an easy thing. However, he waited patiently for me to ask for the piaffe, he didn’t anticipate it, so overall it was a good test and I’m happy with it.”

Nick Wagman
Nick Wagman and Ferano with Miranda Van Kol, Susie Wong of ProElite, and Judge Heidi Berry. (Photo: ©SusanJStickle)

“Debbie McDonald comes over a couple times a week, and we will be taking a look at all of the videos,” said Peters. “We always appreciate the judge’s comments too, so we will review those and go from there. The main thing is that Mopsie will get a nice, easy week. I’m so fortunate that he’s a horse that I can warm up for a bit and get all of the collected work done in 20 minutes, and take him for a half an hour walk, so the workload on his legs is extremely limited for a grand prix horse. I believe in preserving horses, not just winning, doing well, or making the team. Truly preserving them, spoiling them, giving them lots of love and relatively easy work, keeping them fit, but in a relaxed, happy way.”

Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI4*, presented by Havensafe Farm went to Charlotte Jorst (USA) on Kastel’s Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s 2003 KWPN stallion by Negro, with a 72.043%. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) on All In rounded out the top three with with a 71.553%. All In is a 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango owned by Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and Marc-Andre Beaulieu.

Earlier in the day, Nick Wagman (USA) and Elizabeth Keadle’s 2010 KWPN gelding by Scandic, Ferano, bested the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by ProElite with a 71.638%. Benjamin Ebeling (USA) and Illuster Van De Kampert, the 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Spielberg owned by Amy Roberts Ebeling and Nuvolari Holdings, LLC, earned second place with a 71.255%. In third place was the USA’s Susan Dutta and Don Design DC, Susan and Tim Dutta’s 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Der Designer, finishing with a score of 69.362%.

Competition at AGDF 3 will conclude tomorrow after a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Intermediare CDI1*, the FEI Intermediare-II CDI3*, the FEI Intermediare-I Freestyle CDI3*, and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Horseware Ireland, before the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4*, presented by U.S. P.R.E. Association, beginning at 3:50 PM. For more information and to see a full list of results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Results

Place, rider, nationality, horse, horse information: judge E%, judge H%, judge C%, judge M%, judge B%; final score

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Special CDI4*, presented by Havensafe Farm:
E, Elke Ebert (GER); H, Kjell Myher (NOR); C, William Warren (USA); M, Christof Umbach (LUX); B, Mariano Santos Redondo (ESP)

1. Steffen Peters (USA) on Suppenkasper, Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Spielberg: 78.191, 73.298, 74.255, 76.170, 76.915; 75.766%

2. Charlotte Jorst (USA) on Kastel’s Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s 2003 KWPN stallion by Negro: 72.128, 71.383, 70.000, 73.936, 72.766; 72.043%

3. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) on All In, Brittany Fraser and Marc-Andre Beaulieu’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango: 71.277, 70.213, 71.383, 72.979, 71.915; 71.553%

4. Yvonne Losos De Muniz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her own 2005 KWPN mare by United: 71.277, 69.681, 71.170, 70.426, 71.277; 70.766%

5. Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) on Alcazar, Jane Forbes Clark’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Contango: 71.915, 67.979, 70.532, 67.766, 71.277; 69.894%

6. Anna Buffini (USA) on FRH Davinia La Douce, her own 2007 Hanoverian mare by Don Frederico: 67.553, 67.340, 68.830, 70.000, 68.830; 68.511%

7. Susan Dutta (USA) on Figeac DC, Tim and Susan Dutta’s 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Fackeltanz: 68.830, 68.085, 66.383, 71.277, 66.809; 68.277%

8. Susan Pape (GBR) on Harmony’s Eclectisch, Harmony Sporthorses’ 2009 KWPN stallion by Zenon: 67.553, 66.809, 67.021, 66.915, 69.255; 67.511%

9. Karen Lipp (USA) on Whitney, Kathleen Oldford’s 2005 Hannoverian mare by White Star: 66.277, 67.234, 64.894, 65.213, 66.809; 66.085%

10. Mette Rosencrantz (USA) on Dzeko, Cory Walker, Mette Rosencrantz, and Robin Cathey’s 2006 Oldenburg stallion by Dimaggio: 63.617, 64.362, 66.489, 68.085, 65.851; 65.681%

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