Suppenkasper, Steffen Peters’s Bright Dressage Star
Affectionately known as “Mopsie” in the stable
Las Vegas, Nevada • Thomas & Mack Center -
Purchased in 2017 as a U.S. team prospect for Steffen Peters, Suppenkasper is proving to be the superstar that Steffen, a three-time Olympic bronze medalist who won the 2009 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas, and his longtime sponsor Akiko Yamazaki envisioned.
Affectionately known as “Mopsie” in the stable, the massive 18.2 hand Dutch Warmblood gelding was foaled in 2008 and hails from excellent bloodlines. Sired by Spielberg, his dam is Upanoeska (by Krack C). He was bred in The Netherlands by F. van de Poel, was originally named Danny Boy and owned by Dr. David Lichtenberg, a veterinarian who is married to Germany’s Helen Langehanenburg, the 2013 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Champion. Helen trained and competed Mopsie to grand prix level, and the rising star caught Steffen’s eye at a show in Germany.
“I was immediately impressed with his big gaits and by how lightly and quietly Helen was able to ride him,” said Steffen. “I was very interested in him from the start.”
“Our goal has been to be part of Team USA in World Championships and Olympic Games,” said Akiko. “My mother, who is a Japanese citizen, went to watch the 1964 Tokyo Olympics as a young rider. The love of horses and the Olympic dream started then for my family. We are very fortunate to have Steffen and an amazing team that surrounds him and the horses on this great journey.”
Steffen and Mopsie have created quite a bond. In April 2019, the pair recorded a personal-best score of 76.304% to win the Del Mar National World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. Just a couple of weeks later they surpassed that with a new personal-best of 80.990%.
This year, the two have really found their stride. In just the first month of the 2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Steffen and Mopsie scored six international victories in six starts together. Their performance under the lights in last week’s Grand Prix Freestyle World Cup qualifier was simply incredible!
They performed to a new floorplan and soundtrack, but some of the music was the same that Steffen used for Ravel, his famed partner on whom he won the 2009 Final. Their new performance featured movements with high levels of difficulty – including a canter pirouette into piaffe into walk – to score an impressive 83.495% - another new personal-best score!
After earning their invitation to the 2020 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas, a delighted Steffen wiped away tears as he left the arena saying repeatedly, “Mopsie, it looks like we’re going to Vegas!”
“He’s an amazing horse with so much energy, but on the flipside, he’s a little puppy dog. Or, rather, a large puppy dog,” said Steffen with a laugh. “When I call his name, he comes running. He’s just one of those horses that appreciates interactions with humans so much.
“He’s one of the kindest horses I’ve ever met and that I’ve ever had the chance to ride. He’s such a gentle soul!”