Herslow (Stockton, N.J.) and Rosmarin narrowly missed sweeping the three tests of Intermediaire I Championship, placing second in Saturday's Freestyle but scoring a decisive victory in the National Championship. Kiroli Enterpirse Inc.'s eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding's score of 75.200% counted for the remaining 15% of the pair's championship average of 75.701%. "I went easy on my horse yesterday and just did a really basic ride," Herslow noted. "Today I wanted to have more horse and I think I had a little more than I have had for a little while, but that's okay. I also have to learn how to ride that tension and I felt like I had him a little more up in his shoulders and I had him in a little more expressive frame. But I was a little on edge because we haven't really been going there. But I'm thrilled." Herslow expressed how proud she's been of Rosmarin and how's he's dealt with the pressure of such difficult competition. "I'm amazed that he came back to showing after having the whole summer off and stepped up to the plate even more than in Florida this past season. I'm really looking forward to the season in Florida this winter and we'll be moving up to the Grand Prix as soon as he's ready."
Caroline Roffman (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Her Highness O finished first in Saturday's Intermediaire I Freestyle test, earning 76.625% and finishing on an overall total of 73.504% as the Reserve Champion. Roffman and her 10-year-old Hanoverian mare performed a powerful test in the Rolex Arena.
"For me, today was the perfect ending to Intermediare I," Roffman said. "She (Her Highness O) showed she's able to compete with the best in the country. She was a blast to ride and it was the perfect way to end, in my mind. Today was perfect."
Emily Jucsher Wagner (La Cygne, Kan.) and Wakeup, her own eight-year-old AWR stallion, finished third in the championship on a score of 69.612%.