Picture Perfect Day for Charlotte Jorst and Steffen Peters at the Adequan® Desert Dressage II CDIW, presented by Buffini & Company
For Immediate Release:
THERMAL, Calif. – November 20, 2020 – Dressage competition is underway at the Adequan® Desert Dressage II CDIW, presented by Buffini & Company. Friday morning competition began with the Beverly Gepfer & Kirk A Martins Foundation FEI Grand Prix CDIW presented by Premier Equestrian. With a score of 72.261%, Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo, owned by Kastel Denmark, took home the blue ribbon and qualified for Saturday’s Grand Prix Freestyle.
Second place was awarded to Carly Taylor-Smith (USA) and her mount Rosalut NHF (Rosenthal x Salut), a ten year old Oldenberg gelding owned by Nikki Taylor-Smith with a score of 66.674%. Rounding out the top three was Dawn White-O’Connor (USA) and Four Wind Farm’s Bailarino (Breitling W x De Niro 6) a twelve year old Oldenburg gelding, with a score of 66.391%.
Kastel’s Nintendo (Negro x Monaco) is an 17 year old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Kastel Demark. After last week’s results and debuting their new music and choreography, Jorst is thrilled to be back again this week to improve even more.
“I put all this pressure on myself yesterday… I just went out today to have fun and have a good ride and that is what I did,” explained Jorst. “I am so excited for Saturday and I feel like I know [the Freestyle] better too. We are back in the groove again. I couldn’t be more excited and happy.”
The day finished on a high note with Steffen Peters (USA) and Suppenkasper (Spielberg x Ips Krack C), owned by Four Wind Farms, winning the FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, sponsored by Elizabeth Keadle, with an impressive score of 77.348%. Second place was presented to Sabine Schut-Kery (USA) and aboard Sanceo (San Remo x Ramiors Son II), owned by Alice Womble, with a personal best score of 74.804%. Rounding out the podium was Catherine Haddad Staller and her own mount Frankie (Florencio x A Jungle Prince) with a score of 69.565%.
“I felt like I could push him a tiny bit more. This week, I worked with our coach Debbie McDonald. That always helps; she kicks my butt a little bit and says if that is good or not good enough,” mentioned Peters. “There were a few places where I totally had her in my ear in the test. It clearly helped. It was a clean test. What an incredibly honest horse that he does it every time. It felt great and I am super proud of him.”
To view full results of the Beverly Gepfer & Kirk A Martins Foundation FEI Grand Prix CDIW, click here.
To view full results of the FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, click here.
About the Desert International Horse Park
With nearly 1.3 million square feet of competition and riding space, the Desert International Horse Park is one of the largest equestrian facilities in North America. Offering multiple weeks of world-class equestrian competition from October through March, the facility is a destination location for thousands of equestrians, their horses, family and friends for several months annually. Competitors from all over the world travel to Thermal, CA to not only compete but to enjoy everything the desert has to offer.