The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship started the action in the Dick and Jane Brown Arena on Thursday with 17 Small Tour combinations earning the first 40% of their championship score for the FEI Prix St. Georges Test. In Intermediaire I competition Peters proved doubly unbeatable on Thursday by claiming the first and second spots with Rosamunde and Apassionata, respectively. “I’m so excited that both mares were so rideable today, now I can get some comments and make some adjustments,” said Peters of his two Small Tour horses. “I’m so excited about both of them. I honestly had a blast riding both of them.” As the second horse down centerline on Thursday, Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde, scored 75.974% to stand just over three points ahead of her barn mate after the first leg of competition. The seven-year-old Rheinlander mare displayed athletic and expressive gaits throughout the test as she showcased great potential for the future at the highest level of the sport.
“This is her first championship; it’s hard to put into words, she’s so special,” said Peters of Rosamunde. “She can be spicy but she went right to work. I’m speechless.”
Apassionata, Tracy Roenick’s eight-year-old Oldenburg mare, was the second ride of the day for Peters and has given the three-time Olympian an excellent chance to earn another National Title as she currently stands second after scoring 72.921%.
Finishing in third place in the Prix St. Georges test was Olivia Lagoy-Weltz (Reston, Va.) with her own 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Rassing’s Lonoir on a score of 72.211%.
The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship continues on Friday with the FEI Intermediaire I Test with combinations earning a further 45% of their championships score.
Photos provided by Susan J Stickle - the Official Photographer of The U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp