Peters ended up in a familiar place with his two mounts in The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship. Peters claimed the top two places in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle with Rosamunde and Apassionata, finishing first and second, respectively, as he has done in all three legs of the championship. He and Rosamunde were the final pair of the 17 Small Tour combinations to enter the ring and earn the remaining 15% of their championship score. Peters and Four Winds Farm’s seven-year-old Rheinlander mare had a spectacular Freestyle with graceful music, receiving an impressive score of 79.300%. “This was her second Freestyle. I’ve had a chance to do one in California and that worked out great. Today was even better,” Peters stated. “What she did here today was absolutely phenomenal, very clean, expressive, and she felt supple. It just was one of those things you have to be thrilled with.”
After coming down centerline, the pair wasted no time getting to the challenging movements, performing their three tempi changes across the diagonal. All of their canter work was excellent, highlighted by extended canter to their canter pirouettes. The pair’s trot tour was top-notch as well and they finished with extended trot to their final halt and salute. After earning their third and final score, Peters and Rosamunde won The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship title with an overall score of 76.082%.
With Rosamunde’s stablemate, Tracy Roenick’s Apassionata also had a fantastic freestyle with Peters in the irons. He and the eight-year-old Oldenburg mare rode to up-tempo classical music, getting down to business with their canter work right off the bat. They made a smooth, consistent effort, ending with strong trot work to earn a score of 76.175%. With solid performances throughout the championship, Peters and Apassionata received the Reserve Champion title with a final score of 73.540%.
Olivia Lagoy-Weltz (Reston, Va.) with her own Rassing’s Lonoir finished third in The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship with an overall score of 72.407%. She and the 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding collect a score of 75.575% in the Freestyle and third place for their efforts.