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Legolas on the rise

Gelding gets best scores yet with Peters at Del Mar Nat'l; Lyle, Wizard win GP Special

Special to the Horsetrader - May 17th, 2012 - Cover Story, Show & Event News

DEL MAR – Hometown star Steffen Peters and Legolas made their best scores yet as a tandem at the Del Mar National Horse Show where they won both the Grand Prix and the GP Kur.

The duo won 3* CDI Grand Prix April 27 with a personal best score in their short international career of 76.574% and the following day repeated their success by taking the higher step of the podium on the kur scoring 78.325%.

Legolas is a 10-year-old Westfalen gelding owned by Akiko Yamazaki, who also owns Ravel ridden by Peters.

In their Grand Prix victory on Friday, scores from the five judges were more than nine percentage points apart. The 76.574 per cent reflected a low score of 72.979 percent from Brenda Minor of Canada and a high of 82.021 percent from Betty Brown of New Zealand – though all placed the pair first.

In the four 2012 CDIs in which Peters and Legolas have competed, the scores have risen from 71.000 percent to the the 76.574 score in Del Mar.

Legolas was previously owned and trained by Ullrich Kasselmann.

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard, returning from Florida where they spent the whole winter competing, were second scoring 71.511 % and Guenter Seidel third on 69.617% but Sunday, on the Grand Prix Special, Adrienne Lyle and Wizard won with a 72.600% score.

MORE RESULTS: See website: http://bit.ly/25B_Dress

Del Mar National Horse Show Dressage
April 27-30, 2012 – Del Mar Fairgrounds

CDI 3* Del Mar Grand Prix

Place/ Rider/ Horse/ Score
1 Steffen Peters (USA)/ Legolas/ 76.574%
2 Adrienne Lyle (USA)/ Wizard/ 71.511%
3 Guenter Seidel (USA)/ Fandango/ 69.617%
4 Susan Blinks (USA)/ Robin Hood/ 66.894%
5 Heather Kennedy (USA)/ Pensamento/ 64.277%
6 Elizabeth Ball (USA)/ Orion/ 64.191%
7 David Blake (USA)/ Ikaros/ 64.170%
8 Tracey Hill (USA)/ Aldente/ 62.787%
9 Leslie Webb (USA)/ Harmony’s Sandro/ 62.723%
10 Kathleen Raine (USA)/ Breanna/ 62.596%
11 David Wightman (USA)/ Partous/ 61.979%
12 Kim McGrath (USA)/ Winslow/ 61.638%

CDI 3* Del Mar Grand Prix Freestyle

1 Steffen Peters (USA)/ Legolas/ 76.574%
2 Guenter Seidel (USA)/ Fandango/ 76.375%

CDI 3* Del Mar Grand Prix Special

1 Adrienne Lyle (USA)/ Wizard/ 72.600%
2 Susan Blinks (USA)/ Robin Hood/ 69.533%
3 Kathleen Raine (USA)/ Breanna/ 66.978%
4 David Blake (USA)/ Ikaros/ 66.667%
5 Kim McGrath (USA)/ Winslow/ 65.778%
6 Elizabeth Ball (USA)/ Orion/ 65.089%
7 Tracey Hill (USA)/ Aldente/ 63.489%
8 David Wightman (USA)/ Partous/ 63.178%
9 Heather Kennedy (USA)/ Pensamento/ 61.200%
DNS: Leslie Webb (USA)/ Harmony’s Sandro

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