San Juan Capistrano, CA - While diners savored a luxurious brunch and looked on from the comfort of ringside seating in the California Dreaming Productions VIP tent, two of America's veteran Team members guided promising young mounts to FEI wins on the second day of competition at the Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, being held March 19 - 22 in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The poise and talent of Four Winds Farm's Rheinlander mare Rosamunde (Rock Forever x First Lady by Fidermark) belies her young age of only eight years as she dominated the morning's CDI Grand Prix Special with 75.863% in the experienced hands of Steffen Peters. "She's so rideable, and the connection and sensitivity to the aids is so good that even though it's only her second Grand Prix Special test, we're not just riding the movements - the fascinating part is that I can actually start polishing the test now," said Peters of his mount, who is affectionately known as Rosie.
"I've never had a horse this young be so confident in her work. This test can be tricky for a young Grand Prix horse but it worked out beautifully - the movements are almost easy for her. The way she does all this with such an amazing attitude is astounding, and it's an honor to ride her." FEI judge Michael Osinski (3* USA) was equally impressed. "It's exciting for our country to have such a phenomenal horse, and she's so young yet so good already," he explained. "Personally I have never seen a horse at this age make such a successful jump to Grand Prix. How lucky Steffen is to now have two top horses going at the same time."
Complete results are available on the California Dreaming Productions website. Live video streaming of CDI classes with expert commentary by FEI judge Axel Steiner resumes at 8:00am PT on CDP Live, californiadreamingproductions.com/live-stream-test/.
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 is to bring a fresh face to international-level dressage competition on the West Coast. Additional show information is available on the new California Dreaming Productions website, as well as regular updates posted on Facebook. For more information, contact Glenda McElroy, firstname.lastname@example.org, or David and Alisa Wilson, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.