The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival continued on Saturday, January 30, with a consecutive win for the USA’s Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI4*, presented by Havensafe Farm. AGDF 3 concludes on Sunday, January 31, and the circuit hosts 10 weeks of international and national dressage competition until April 4. Free live streaming and on-demand of select classes are available to view at

Peters and Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Spielberg topped the class of 11 entries, earning a final score of 75.766%.

“The grand prix special is always my favorite test,” began Peters. “It has those beautiful transitions from extended trot to passage, and then the half-passes are a little easier to ride, so there was a bit more of a throttle there with Mopsie today because he was so relaxed. The passage tour felt really good, and I really thought I had him there for the one tempis – I really collected him on the short side, and then I risked it a little and it was just a tad too much, so we had a small mistake. But, he’s done five shows in a row without a single mistake, and at the end of the day I am human, and they’re horses and not machines, so those things happen.”

Peters was happy with his mount’s strengths during the performance and noted his relaxation in the walk and patient transitions into piaffe. He explained, “He walked nicely, which is a challenge for him in the grand prix special because he gets so fired up from all of the extensions and all of the passage, and to get him to relax is not an easy thing. However, he waited patiently for me to ask for the piaffe, he didn’t anticipate it, so overall it was a good test and I’m happy with it.”

The pair won’t be back in the Global Stadium Arena at Equestrian Village until the five-star at AGDF 7, and Peters plans to work with U.S. Dressage coach Debbie McDonald on improvements between now and then. However, he noted, Mopsie will get some time to relax as well.

“Debbie McDonald comes over a couple times a week, and we will be taking a look at all of the videos,” said Peters. “We always appreciate the judge’s comments too, so we will review those and go from there. The main thing is that Mopsie will get a nice, easy week. I’m so fortunate that he’s a horse that I can warm up for a bit and get all of the collected work done in 20 minutes, and take him for a half an hour walk, so the workload on his legs is extremely limited for a grand prix horse. I believe in preserving horses, not just winning, doing well, or making the team. Truly preserving them, spoiling them, giving them lots of love and relatively easy work, keeping them fit, but in a relaxed, happy way.”

Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI4*, presented by Havensafe Farm went to Charlotte Jorst (USA) on Kastel’s Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s 2003 KWPN stallion by Negro, with a 72.043%. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) on All In rounded out the top three with with a 71.553%. All In is a 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango owned by Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and Marc-Andre Beaulieu.

Earlier in the day, Nick Wagman (USA) and Elizabeth Keadle’s 2010 KWPN gelding by Scandic, Ferano, bested the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by ProElite with a 71.638%. Benjamin Ebeling (USA) and Illuster Van De Kampert, the 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Spielberg owned by Amy Roberts Ebeling and Nuvolari Holdings, LLC, earned second place with a 71.255%. In third place was the USA’s Susan Dutta and Don Design DC, Susan and Tim Dutta’s 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Der Designer, finishing with a score of 69.362%.

In the FEI Intermediare A CDI3*, presented by Adequan®, Allison Kavey (USA) and Citha’s Utopia, Andrea Woodner’s 2007 KWPN mare by Dayano, claimed the top spot with a score of 60.500%.

CPEDI3* Competition Concludes at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

CPEDI3* competition presented by Adequan® and Nutrena® concluded at AGDF on Saturday, January 30, welcoming three nations worth of competitors to the arena at Equestrian Village to perform their para dressage freestyles. The week also hosted CPEDI3* Team competition, and the United States came out on top, with a team average of 74.50%.

The FEI Para Freestyle Grade V CPEDI3*, presented by Adequan® and Nutrena® saw a win for the Republic of South Africa’s Cayla Van Der Walt, who piloted Daturo II, a 2006 gelding by Mirlito XI owned by Van Der Walt and Christine Heathman, to a 73.150%.

“This whole week we’ve been working on getting him relaxed because he’s been tense, so the goal of this show was to get him to feel more confident,” explained Van Der Walt. “I’ve also been working on my own habits, and the scores show that the hard work is paying off!”

The freestyle score of 73.150% was the pair’s highest to date, and Van Der Walt is eager to see what the future holds. She continued, “We are trying to qualify for Tokyo to represent South Africa. They pick two individuals, so we are really vying for that spot.”

Cynthia Screnci (USA) and Eragon VF, a 2009 KWPN gelding by Don Romantic owned by Cynthia Screnci and Volado Farms, placed second with a 71.542%. Third place went to Katie Jackson (USA) and Scrabble, her own 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit, with a 64.033%.

In the FEI Para Freestyle Grade I CPEDI3,* presented by Adequan® and Nutrena®, Roxanne Trunnell (USA) took the lead with an 83.656% aboard Dalton, Karen Flint’s 2012 Hanoverian gelding by Danone I. The pair were also named the high point combination of the show.

Second place was awarded to Sydney Collier (USA) and All In One, a 2009 Hanoverian gelding by Abanos owned by Going for Gold LLC and Katie Robicheaux, with a 74.556%. Third place went to Deborah Stanitski (USA) and her own 2006 Danish Warmblood mare by de Noir, Skovlunds de Nice, with a 69.523%.

The FEI Para Freestyle Grade II CPEDI3*, presented by Adequan® and Nutrena® welcomed another win for Beatrice De Lavalette (USA) and Clarc, a 2007 KWPN gelding by Dreamcatcher, earning 72.745%. Second place went to Alanna Flax-Clark (USA) and her own 2004 NRPS gelding El Paso by Elegant, with a score of 67.978%. Third place was rounded out by Laurietta Oakleaf (USA) and Comte de Baccara C, a 2007 KWPN gelding by Johnson TN, owned by Oakleaf and Tammi Nowicki, with a 62.212%.

Lauren Barwick (CAN) rode Lee Garrod’s Sandrino, a 2012 Westfalian gelding by Spirit of Westfalia, to the top of the leaderboard in the FEI Para Freestyle Grade III CPEDI3*, presented by Adequan® and Nutrena® with a 76.367%. Rebecca Hart (USA) and Fortune 500, a 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Fidertanz 2 owned by Rowan O’Riley, achieved a score of 76.256% to earn second place. Third went to the USA’s Charlotte Merle-Smith and Guta, a 2011 KWPN mare by Vivaldi, with a 72.667%.

The FEI Para Freestyle Grade IV CPEDI3*, presented by Adequan® and Nutrena® was topped by Kate Shoemaker (USA) and Solitaer 40, a 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Sandro Hit) owned by Kate, Craig, and Deena Shoemaker. The pair wrapped up their consistent weekend with a score of 75.867%. Kate was also the reserve high point rider of the CPEDI 3* with Solitaer 40.

Competition at AGDF 3 will conclude tomorrow after a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Intermediare CDI1*, the FEI Intermediare-II CDI3*, the FEI Intermediare-I Freestyle CDI3*, and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Horseware Ireland, before the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4*, presented by U.S. P.R.E. Association, beginning at 3:50 PM. For more information and to see a full list of results, visit

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Special CDI4*, presented by Havensafe Farm:

1. Steffen Peters (USA) on Suppenkasper, Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Spielberg: 78.191, 73.298, 74.255, 76.170, 76.915; 75.766%

2. Charlotte Jorst (USA) on Kastel’s Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s 2003 KWPN stallion by Negro: 72.128, 71.383, 70.000, 73.936, 72.766; 72.043%

3. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) on All In, Brittany Fraser and Marc-Andre Beaulieu’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango: 71.277, 70.213, 71.383, 72.979, 71.915; 71.553%

4. Yvonne Losos De Muniz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her own 2005 KWPN mare by United: 71.277, 69.681, 71.170, 70.426, 71.277; 70.766%

5. Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) on Alcazar, Jane Forbes Clark’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Contango: 71.915, 67.979, 70.532, 67.766, 71.277; 69.894%

6. Anna Buffini (USA) on FRH Davinia La Douce, her own 2007 Hanoverian mare by Don Frederico: 67.553, 67.340, 68.830, 70.000, 68.830; 68.511%

7. Susan Dutta (USA) on Figeac DC, Tim and Susan Dutta’s 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Fackeltanz: 68.830, 68.085, 66.383, 71.277, 66.809; 68.277%

8. Susan Pape (GBR) on Harmony’s Eclectisch, Harmony Sporthorses’ 2009 KWPN stallion by Zenon: 67.553, 66.809, 67.021, 66.915, 69.255; 67.511%

9. Karen Lipp (USA) on Whitney, Kathleen Oldford’s 2005 Hannoverian mare by White Star: 66.277, 67.234, 64.894, 65.213, 66.809; 66.085%

10. Mette Rosencrantz (USA) on Dzeko, Cory Walker, Mette Rosencrantz, and Robin Cathey’s 2006 Oldenburg stallion by Dimaggio: 63.617, 64.362, 66.489, 68.085, 65.851; 65.681%