Articles: Horse News
Ravel Repeats at 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach
Steffen Peters and Ravel Celebrate
(Shannon Brinkman Photo)
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January 26, 2012
By Joanie Morris
est Palm Beach, FL - Before a packed house at the Jim Brandon Equestrian
Center, defending champions Steffen Peters and Ravel scored the first
victory of the 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI4*presented by the
International Polo Club Palm 81.383% in the process.
The marquis event brought some of the very best from both sides of the
Atlantic Ocean and Charlotte Dujardin, from Great Britain, made a hard
charge at the victory with Valegro scoring 78.468 %. But Peters never
flinched in the pressure of being the final rider in the ring. He impressed
the judges (and gave the crowd what they came for).
"Sometimes it's a little hard to put it into words," said Peters after his
ride. "First I have to give a big thank you to my buddy Ravel, it's a
personal best for us. It's amazing to think he keeps getting better after
all these years."
Recently crowned USEF Equestrian of the Year for the third time after Team
and Individual Gold at the 2011 Pan American Games Peters continues to up
his game. With Ravel he has forged a tremendous partnership over the last
"It's really exciting," said Peters. "This feeling I had with Ravel tonight,
I have had this for the last couple of weeks now. I had to risk it a bit
more obviously. He feels stronger than last year, a bit more supple and he
was beautiful in the bridle."
Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm's Ravel looked relaxed and confident in
the venue that he owned last year - sweeping to victory. The 14-year-old
KWPN gelding has matured into one of the most venerable forces on the
dressage circuit since his Olympic debut in 2008. Peters (San Diego, CA)
left nothing in the arena, his half-passes were phenomenal in the opening
trot work pushing him over the 84% mark. He backed it up with a relaxed free
walk, a stellar canter tour, especially his one-tempi changes.
"He's getting consistently better," said Peters. "It is silly for me to ask
for more. We have a great management team behind us. I couldn't ask for
Dujardin, who was on the 2011 Gold medal-winning FEI European Championship
team - has enjoyed her first trip to West Palm Beach. A few mistakes marred
a test that showed tremendous promise.
"He's young and he's still learning," said Charlotte. "I have to forgive him
for those mistakes."
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Favourit were third for Sweden on
73.255%. Vilhelmson-Silfven is based in Florida for the winter months.
Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, ID) rode with tremendous maturity on Parry & Peggy
Thomas' Wizard in her first World Dressage Masters. They finished fourth in
a very polished effort showing the proof of their practice over the last
year. They scored 72.149% for a fourth place finish and were the second
highest placed Americans.
"I think we had so many good horses in this class," said Gary Rockwell, the
Judge at C tonight (Stephen Clark is the President of the Ground Jury). "The
class was good, the horses were good and it makes it easier for us."
The competition continues on Saturday, the Grand Prix Freestyle will be the
showcase, with eight horses from the Grand Prix taking the stage at 7:30
PM. The Grand Prix Special kicks off Saturday's action at 2 PM. It will all
be live on the USEFNetwork.com presented by SmartPak.
The event was downgraded from a CDI5* to a CDI4* on Thursday night, based on
a technicality in the eligibility of some of the horses invited. Please read
the complete explanation here:
Please visit: http://usefnetwork.com/featured/WDM2012/ for photos and video
on demand of the Grand Prix which will be available Saturday morning.
Complete results are available here:
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