Competition in The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship continued on Saturday with 16 of the 17 Small Tour combinations heading down centerline after storms on Friday afternoon delayed the majority of the class. In the second leg of the Intermediaire I Championship, 45% of the overall total was on the line for the FEI Intermediaire I Test. In a repeat performance from Thursday, Peters cruised to the top two spots in the FEI Intermediaire I Test with Four Winds Farm's Rosamunde and Tracy Roenick's Apassionata, on scores of 75.105% and 73.211%, respectively. Peters was unfazed by having his Small Tour rides delayed due to the storms and believes both horses enjoyed having the day off from competition on Friday. "It worked out well for me," said Peters of the rain delay. "I like to take both girls for a walk on their days off. I took them out for a 45 minute walk around noon [yesterday] and they were great today."
As the final Small Tour combination of the morning, Peters and Rosamunde demonstrated why they have been unbeatable this year with a near flawless performance on Saturday. The seven-year-old Rheinlander mare again displayed ground covering, athletic gaits as she topped the field by nearly two full points.
Peters believes Rosamunde, who is owned by long time owners Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki's Four Winds Farm, believes that the mare has a huge future ahead of her but is not planning to start Big Tour competition until 2015.
"I'm one of the luckiest guys with owners like Akiko and Jerry who are supporting me with another horse. This is extremely exciting," said Peters. "She'll stay at the small tour; she'll only be eight and I think that she could be a really valuable asset for the Pan American Games."
Peters used all his experience and poise at the start of his test with Apassionata, as the eight-year-old Oldenburg mare spooked upon entering the ring. However, she quickly settled, producing an impressive effort throughout the test to finish in the runner-up spot to her barn mate.
Finishing in third place on Saturday was Olivia Lagoy-Weltz (Reston, Va.) with her own 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Rassing's Lonoir on a score of 71.526%.
Peters holds the top two spots overall in the championship, with Lagoy-Weltz in third heading into Sunday's Freestyle where the remaining 15% of the week's total will be earned.
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Photos provided by Susan J Stickle - the Official Photographer of The U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp