February 2018 - The Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival #1
Written by phtoos by Terri Miller Photography
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:13
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Inaugural circuit attracts top talent who take top prizes.

photos by Terri Miller Photography

Over the course of January 3-February 17, the events of the inaugural Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival will unfold. The first week of showing was held at Galway Downs in Temecula, while the remaining three events began Jan. 17 hosted by the Del Mar Fairgrounds. These competitions serve as an alternative to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL.


Nick Wagman - Ferano - CDI 1* Prix St. Georges

Sabine Shut-Kery - Sanceo - Grand Prix

In the first week of competition, Steffen Peters of San Diego showcased his new partnership with Suppenkasper, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding purchased from German Olympian Helen Langehanenberg. Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang of Four Winds Farm bought the horse to potentially be Peters’ mount for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC, this September and for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. In their debut show, Peters and Suppenkasper were victorious in the CDI 3* Grand Prix with a score of 71.152 percent. Scoring 68.609 percent, Charlotte Jorst of Reno, NV, placed second with Kastel’s Nintendo. Mette Rosencrantz of Pacific Palisades aboard Marron earned third with a score of 66.109 percent.

The blue ribbon for the CDIW Grand Prix Freestyle was awarded to Dawn White-O’Connor aboard Legolas 92, a 16-year-old Westfalen gelding. White-O’Connor is Peters’ assistant, and Legolas 92 was Peters’ mount for the 2016 Olympics, the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2015 Pan American Games. Legolas 92, also owned by Yamazaki and Yang, will be retired in April.

White-O’Connor also took home the blue aboard Bailirino in the Grand Prix on Thursday with a score of 65.978 percent. In the same event, Olympian Günter Seidel of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Crush on You, an 11-year-old KWPN mare, placed second with a score of 65.435 percent.

Steffen Peters - Suppenkasper - CDI 3* Grand Prix for Special

Tiffany Mahoney - Rey del Mundo -- CDI-AM Prix St. Georges for Amateurs

On Friday, it was Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks and her mount, Sanceo, who won the Grand Prix. The pair scored 70.326 percent. Schut-Kery has trained the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion for nine years.

David Wightman and Silberpfeil won the USEF Developing Horse Prix St Georges with a score of 70.735 percent. Silberpfeil is an 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding who Wightman competed in the 2016 FEI World Championships For Young Horses in Ermelo, Netherlands. Wightman trains in Murrieta with his wife, Kathleen Raine.

Another highlight of the festival is the “Masterclass” series held every competition Saturday prior to the Musical Freestyle. These classes taught by experts in their field feature: world famous horseman, Monty Roberts; US Olympian, Boyd Martin; US Olympian, Laura Graves; German Olympian, Helen Langehanenberg; and British Olympian, Charlotte Dujardin.

Alexa Brown - MHS Magnastar - CDI-P FEI Pony Team and Individual Test

The first week of the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival competition in Temecula was considered a great success and leads to the next three weeks of showing in Del Mar, where each week is a World Cup qualifying event.