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HORSE SCENE: Peters, Ravel earn world title

ONCE AGAIN, Steffen Peters and Ravel have won the championship title. This time it was at the World Dressage Masters at Palm Beach, for the second straight year.

They won the Grand Prix with the highest score (81.383) ever posted at a WDM Grand Prix. They were distantly followed by Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (78.468) and Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson–Silfven on Favourit (73.255).

In the freestyle event, Peters and Ravel performed to music from Avatar and won with a score of 83.70. Dujardin and Valegro came in close behind (83.650), followed by Vilhelson–Silfven and Favourit (78.250).

At the finish of the Grand Prix Special classes, the Americans took home the top three titles. Adrienne Lyle on Wizard won with 73.244, followed by Heather Blitz on Paragon with 72.044 and Todd Flettrich on Otto in third with 69.933.

CALENDAR

March 29–April 1: Showplace Spring Festival

March 30–April 8: VQHA Classic, VHC

March 31: Summerplace; Foxcroft; Silver Lining.

March 31–April 1: Morven Park Spring Horse Trials; Cornerstone Horsemanship clinic and Despooking clinic with Charles and Michele Pellham; Reining Clinic with Terrill and Carolyn Heaton at Wolf Mountain in Spotsylvania.

April 3: Morven Park dressage

April 7: Sumemrplace; Fox Chase

April 7–8: VADA/NOVA at Morven Park

April 11–15: Rose Mount Farm

April 13–14: Old Dominion Gaited Horse Association

April 14: Fox Chase; Coventry; Silver Star

April 15: Lake of the Woods; EKG; Sandstone,

April 21: VPBA at Warrenton; Kelly’s Ford.

April 22: Hazelwild; Sandstone.

April 28: Summerplace

Betsy Carter can be reached at The Free Lance–Star, 616 Amelia St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401; or by fax at 540/373-8455.

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