STEFFEN PETERS & LEGOLAS WIN US CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND PRIX, JAN EBELING & RAFALCA RUNNERUP, 3 UNDER-30 WOMEN RIDERS TIE FOR 4TH

 

Jan-Ebeling-Rafalca-IMG_5779New Jersey, June 12, 2014–Steffen Peters and Legolas, as expected, won the U.S. Championship Grand Prix Thursday, but the Olympic celebrity couple of Jan Ebeling and Rafalca turned in probably the best ever ride for runnerup while a trio of under-30 women riders starred in all tying for fourth place. Steffen of San Diego, California said the ride on the 12-year-old Westfalen gelding on whom he won the 2013 championship was “certainly not our best” and scored 75.160 per cent at the championship presented by The Dutta Corp. at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters on gray, rainy day. He said the warmup with Legolas was rushed as right before he rode two horses, Rosamunde for 75,974 per cent and Apassionata for 72.921 per cent to place first and second in the Prix St.Georges as well as coached another rider.

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