March 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:46

Sizzling Start for Steffen Peters

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” That lyric from The Who could be the headline for the first of this year’s West Coast CDIs as Steffen Peters rode Legolas 92 and Rosamunde to new personal best scores during the LA Winter Dressage Festival CDI-W Jan. 28-Feb. 1.

In their first competition since December's USEF Festival of Champions, Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 earned yet another personal best score in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle test on the second day of the LA Winter Dressage CDI-W. Photo: Jennifer Keeler

“I don’t know if Rosie and Legolas are having a secret competition at night when they talk to each other across the stall wall, but each of them certainly upped their game and gave me some of their best work this weekend. But they adore each other, so it must just be a friendly rivalry and good healthy competition,” Peters laughed. “Rosie had lots of good energy in the Special even though it was the last day of competition, and this showed with an improvement in her piaffe/passage transitions. With the exception of our right pirouette being a little big, it was a very clean test. I thought it was even better than Friday’s Grand Prix test, and I’m delighted that the judges thought the same thing.”

That’s what he said after posting another personal best in the CDI Grand Prix Special with a score of 78.827%, once again setting the standard for the rest of the country with the highest score for this test to date in a 2016 FEI competition on the East or West coast. The pair’s impressive performance comes on the heels of two additional record-setting rides Peters posted in the CDI-W Grand Prix and Freestyle with Legolas, 84.050% in the former and a 79.942% in the latter.

By setting the bar so high right out of the starting gate in the 2016 season, Peters realized the pressure to continue to perform up to expectations as the world looks to Rio de Janeiro this summer. “The logical question that everyone asks is whether or not we can maintain this score going forward to the 5* in Florida as well as in Europe,” Peters admitted. “I think the expectations do need to be high in an Olympic year and we will do our best to achieve the highest possible standard.”

In other LA Winter Dressage highlights, Shayna Simon and her Hanoverian gelding Harley Davidson (His Highness x Walt Lady by Walt Disney I) earned 68.684% to claim victory in the Intermediaire I. Like Steffen, Shayna is based at Arroyo Del Mar in San Diego and she enjoyed helping bring more ribbons home from what was just her second international competition with Harley.

Just behind Shayna and Harley were Kim Yacobucci and her Oldenburg mare Dona Rosa (Don Graphit x Lalique by Layout) with 68.079%. In the CDI Young Riders Individual Test, Lauren Asher and her Hanoverian gelding De Noir 3 (De Niro x Maharani by Matcho AA) earned another win with 68.728%, while in the Junior Individual Test Francesca Sheld rode Reagan to their second victory in as many days with 63.509% over Paris Richman and Dante.
(Excerpted from releases provided by Jennifer Keeler, Yellow Horse Marketing.)

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