All Grown Up, Young Rosamunde Earns Her Own Record Score in Grand Prix Special on Final Day of LA Winter Dressage CDI-W

Steffen Peters, Rosamunde, CDP, California, CDI, LA Winter Dressage

Young dressage superstar Rosamunde continues to impress as she and Steffen Peters earned another personal best score in the CDI Grand Prix Special on the final day of the LA Winter Dressage CDI-W. (Photo: Terri Miller)

Burbank, CA - Steffen Peters' magical weekend continued on the final day of competition at California Dreaming Productions' Los Angeles Winter Dressage CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, held January 28-31 in Burbank. This time aboard Four Winds Farm's nine-year-old Rheinlander mare Rosamunde (Rock Forever x First Lady by Fidermark), Peters posted another personal best in the CDI Grand Prix Special with a score of 78.827%, once again setting the standard for the rest of the country with the highest score for this test to date in a 2016 FEI competition on the East or West coast. The pair's impressive performance comes on the heels of two additional record-setting rides Peters posted in the CDI-W Grand Prix and Freestyle with Legolas 92.

"I don't know if Rosie and Legolas are having a secret competition at night when they talk to each other across the stall wall, but each of them certainly upped their game and gave me some of their best work this weekend. But they adore each other, so it must just be a friendly rivalry and good healthy competition," Peters laughed. "Rosie had lots of good energy in the Special even though it was the last day of competition, and this showed with an improvement in her piaffe/passage transitions. With the exception of our right pirouette being a little big, it was a very clean test. I thought it was even better than Friday's Grand Prix test, and I'm delighted that the judges thought the same thing."

Peters has noted previously that he was hesitant to ask Rosie for too much with certain elements of the Grand Prix work, waiting until the young mare became stronger and more experienced. But Sunday's test may have been a turning point. "In the extensions I've held her back before, but today she wanted to go for it and for the first time I didn't ask her to do less," he explained. "She wanted to go and I said, 'okay, let's go with it and see what happens'. So it's wonderful to see that she was ready for it." Finishing second in the Special was Canada's Joni Lynn Peters, who rode her Dutch Warmblood gelding Travolta (Ferro x Lurosa by Landwind II) to 66.196%.

Complete results for LA Winter Dressage CDI and national show are now available at www.californiadreamingproductions.com.

The next California Dreaming Productions international dressage showcase will be the Mid-Winter Dressage CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25, to be held February 25-28, 2016 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Entries close on Friday, February 5, and VIP packages have been upgraded for 2016 to include full breakfast and lunch service. Limited tables are still available - for more information, contact Alisa Wilson at alisa@cdpequestrian.com. In addition, the Mid-Winter Dressage CDI will see the return of live-streaming of CDI classes via subscription to CDP Live, featuring the wildly-popular expert commentary by FEI 5* judge Axel Steiner. Don't miss a minute of the excitement - order your season pass for complete video access plus archives of all featured rides for only $50. Sign up today at this link: californiadreamingproductions.com/?page_id=455.

About California Dreaming Productions:
Formed by a partnership between long-time show organizer Glenda McElroy of Burbank, CA and Grand Prix riders and trainers David and Alisa Wilson of Chino Hills, CA, the goal of California Dreaming Productions (CDP) is to bring a fresh face to international-level dressage competition on the West Coast.

For more information about CDP shows and events, visit our website www.californiadreamingproductions.com or contact Glenda McElroy, glenda@cdpequestrian.com, or David and Alisa Wilson, david@cdpequestrian.com and alisa@cdpequestrian.com.




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