Steffen Peters and Rosamunde
Rotterdam, The Netherlands – June 24, 2016 – U.S. athletes rose to the occasion as CDI3* competition began at CHIO Rotterdam, the final of three designated observation events that will help determine the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. Steffen Peters led the way for the five Americans, winning the Grand Prix with Rosamunde. Allison Brock and Rosevelt also put in a strong effort, placing third. The U.S. was also represented by Shelly Francis, Arlene “Tuny” Page, and Guenter Seidel.
Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde were an image of harmony throughout their test that was highlighted by beautiful extensions and piaffe-passage work, earning a winning score of 75.920%. Entering the ring as the final U.S. combination of the class, Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Claudine and Fritz Kundrun’s Rosevelt put together a consistent and expressive test to score a 73.860%, placing them third. Emmelie Scholtens (NED) and Apache earned a second-place finish on a score of 75.780%.
Also securing top 10 finishes for the U.S. were Tuny Page on her own Woodstock, taking ninth on a score of 70 percent, and Shelly Francis on Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, ending up 10th on a score of 69.58 percent. Guenter Seidel and James and Charlotte Mashburn’s Zero Gravity scored 66.34 percent, placing them 23rd.
CDI3* competition will continue on Saturday with Page, Peters, and Brock competing in the Grand Prix Special and Seidel and Francis in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In the CDIO5*, the U.S. team sits in second after Thursday’s Grand Prix. On Saturday, competition will conclude with Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass contesting the Grand Prix Special and Francis and Peters representing the U.S. in the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Allison Brock and Rosevelt. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.
Results: Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix
1. Steffen Peters/Rosamunde/USA/75.920
2. Emmelie Scholtens/Apache/NED/75.780
3. Allison Brock/Rosevelt/USA/73.860
4. Therese Nilshagen/Dante Weltino OLD/SWE/73.500
5. Madeleine Witte-Vrees/Cennin/NED/72.240
6. Adelinde Cornelissen/Aquiedo/NED/72.140
7. Kristy Oatley/Du Soleil/AUS/71.320
8. Mads Hendeliowitz/Jimmie Choo SEQ/SWE/70.380
9. Tuny Page/Woodstock/USA/70.000
10. Shelly Francis/Danilo/USA/69.580