Danish Olympian & USA Trainer Launch Young Horse Training Venture

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WELLINGTON, Fla., Apr. 23–Danish Olympian Lars Petersen and U.S. trainer Ed Borreson have launched a young horse training venture to improve opportunities for American breeders and owners.

The program is based out of Legacy Farms, the training facility for Petersen and Melissa Taylor, in Palm Beach. Caroline Roffman, a champion Young Rider, will will also be part of the venture.

Lars Petersen and his Success at the World Dressage Masters in Palm Beach. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz
Lars Petersen and his Success at the World Dressage Masters in Palm Beach. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz

“We want horses bred in the United States taken right out of the field–typically three and four years old, maybe some up to five, depending on the quality–and with no previous training,” said Petersen, a five-time Danish national champion who competed in the Olympics, World Cup and World Equestrian Games. He was the rider for Denmark’s Blue Hors stud for more than a decade.

“The plan is to break them, train them and try to help sell them, if necessary.”

Petersen said that he and Borreson had talked to a small number of breeders who welcomed the plan as many operate in areas a long way from high performance trainers.

“Some breeders say that their young horses do not get the right initial training,” Petersen said. “So they are unable to get the prices they deserve for the quality of the bloodlines.

“We have tailored the program to make it economically feasible for the breeders.

“We feel it’s really important for the breeders that the horses get the right start, and not too late.”