Steffen Peters (USA) and Suppenkasper are on a win streak so phenomenal it’s almost defies belief.
The pair recorded a perfect season in 2020, winning every FEI class they entered during the pandemic-paused season. They started the 2021 season this week right where they left off with a CDI4* win in the Grand Prix for Special at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival. And for the past five consecutive shows, they have performed clean tests with zero mistakes.
Until Saturday, that is.
The American Olympic medalist and 2008 KWPN gelding known as “Mopsie” in the barn had a blip in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI4* at the AGDF 3, producing an single error in a one tempis.
“The grand prix special is always my favorite test,” said 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.”
With a score of 75.766%, Peters and his Tokyo 2020 hopeful still managed to ride away with a decisive win in the class of 11 entries to keep their win record intact.
They’ll look to add to it in a month’s time. The pair won’t return to the Global Stadium Arena at Equestrian Village until the five-star during week 7 of the AGDF.
Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo took second with a score of 72.043%. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) and All In, third with 71.553%