Lexington, KY; April 26, 2016 — The Rhineland mare Rosamunde (Rock Forever x First Lady/Fidermark), owned by Akikio Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm and ridden by Steffen Peters, has been named by the USEF as the Direct Reserve to the US Olympic Dressage Team for the 2016 Olympic Games, to be held August 8 – 15, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to the USEF, a direct reserve horse serves an automatic replacement in case the original horse on which the rider was named needs to be substituted.
Rosamunde, or “Rosie,” as the 2007 dark bay mare is affectionately nicknamed, was bred by Hannelore Koch. The mare showed her exceptional potential from the start. In 2007, Rosamunde was the top selling filly at the Westfalian Elite Foal Auction. Once under saddle, she began her show career by competing successfully in young horse classes, including the 2011 Bundeschampionate and the six-year-old young horse classes at the 2013 CDI Vidauban.
In 2013, Yamazaki purchased Rosamunde for Peters, a continuation of Yamazaki’s sponsorship of Peters which has produced outstanding results in international competition, most notably in Peters’ partnership with the dressage stars Ravel and Legolas. As heir apparent to her famous stablemates, Rosamunde has not disappointed.
In spring 2014, Rosamunde and Peters debuted in the FEI classes at California shows, competing in Prix St. George and Intermediare I, winning 8 out of 9 classes entered. Following that auspicious start, the pair travelled east to compete at the US Dressage Festival of Champions in June, where they again dominated their competition, winning the FEI Prix St. George (75.974 percent), the FEI Intermediate I (75.105), and the Intermediate I Freestyle (79.300). Rosamunde and Peters capped their year at their only European show, the CDI4* Frizen Schindlhof in Austria, by winning their two classes, the CDI4* Prix St. George (75.105 percent) and the CDI4* Intermediate I (76.026 percent).
The year 2015 marked the precocious young Rhinelander’s debut at Grand Prix. After exemplary performances in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at California and Florida CDIs, Rosamunde and Peters traveled to Europe in early June. At the CDI4* Achleiten Schloss in Austria, the mare achieved an important benchmark by scoring over 80 percent for the first time in her short career when she won the CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 80.975 percent.
Another highlight, Rosamunde was selected as reserve/alternate for the Pan Am Games and accompanied Peters and his team mount, Legolas, to the competition held in Toronto, Canada.
Throughout 2016, Rosamunde continued to excel. At their first show of the season, the Los Angeles Winter Dressage show, Rosamunde and Peters won the CDI Grand Prix Special with a score of 78.827 percent, the highest score in that class posted nationally by any team to date. After a successful tour of California and Florida shows, Rosamunde and Peters returned to Europe. At their most recent competition in late June, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Rosamunde and Peters scored a double victory, winning the CDI3* Grand Prix (75.920 percent) and the CDI3* Grand Prix Special (75.157 percent).
Rhineland breeders have every reason to take pride in this exceptionally talented and beautiful young mare. Breeders and dressage fans alike can look forward to following what promises to be an exceptional future in high performance dressage.