Steffen Peters Places Third in Freestyle as CDI4* Roosendaal Concludes
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Roosendaal, The Netherlands - Steffen Peters wrapped up a fantastic three days of competition at CDI4* Roosendaal on Sunday. He and Rosamunde placed third in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 77.250% to end to the competition on a high note. The maturing combination had incredible rhythm and energy, executing graceful half-passes and pirouettes, in their relatively new Freestlyle. Peters was joined by U.S. compatriots Laura Graves and Guenter Seidel during CDI4* Roosendaal as the competition served as an observation event for selection of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team.
"I'm super excited that both Legolas  and Rosie [Rosamunde] were in the top three every time, with good scores and good tests. It is a lot about preserving the form we have right now and proving consistency in Rotterdam," said a pleased Peters.
All three combinations got off to a good start in Friday's Grand Prix Test, with Peters and Graves finishing first and second, respectively. Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Legolas 92, Four Winds Farm's 2002 Westfalen gelding, showcased superb thoroughness in the test, along with outstanding piaffe and passage work, for a score of 76.820%. Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades, a 2002 KWPN gelding, had a harmonious test that included wonderful piaffe movements and half-passes for a score of 75.800%. Seidel (Cardiff, Calif.) and Zero Gravity, James and Charlotte Mashburn's 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding, placed eighth with a test full of nice one-tempi changes, piaffe, and passage work.
As a result of their top finishes in the Grand Prix, all three combinations qualified for Saturday's Grand Prix Special. Peters and Legolas 92 continued with another gratifying performance. He and Legolas 92 showed expressive passage, piaffe, and canter work to place second with a score of 75.863%.
Graves and Verdades exhibited great scope and ability in their test. However, they had an unusual mistake in their first pirouette. They missed placing in the top three, barely, with a score of 74.255% for fourth place.
Seidel and Zero Gravity had an accurate test but struggled in the piaffe work to finish 10th with a score of 69.686%.
Peters competed with Four Winds Farm's Rosamunde in Saturday's Grand Prix. He and the 2007 Rheinlander mare had incredible passage, piaffe, and canter work to place third with a score of 72.220%, which qualified them for Sunday's Freestyle.
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