Denmark’s Lars Petersen Debuts New Grand Prix Mount, Beemer
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WELLINGTON, Fla., May 16–Denmark’s Lars Petersen rode the Oldenburg gelding, Beemer, the U.S. champion five-year-old in 2003, in the horse’s first Grand Prix at Florida’s Gold Coast May Dressage on Saturday.
Petersen, 43, who now is based in Wellington, declared after posting a score of 66.170 per cent that placed them third that Bemmer “is one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden.”
“If I can get everything polished off, it will definitely be one of the best horses I’ve ever been on,” said Petersen, the former rider for the Blue Hors stud whose most famous mount was Cavan. The pair placed second in the 2002 World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, fourth in the 2001 World Cup Final in Aarhus, Denmark, and competed at the World Equestrian Games in Rome in 1998 and in Jerez, Spain in 2002. He rode Uffe Korshojgaard in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Beemer was owned and trained by Ed Borresen until a year ago when he was acquired by Global Dressage Sales, a partnership of businessman Stuart Roffman and Petersen. Roffman’s daughter, Caroline, is a successful dressage Young Rider.
Wellington’s Susan Dutta and Golden Choice DC who won the Grand Prix with a score of 71.046 per cent, will compete in the U.S. Grand Prix Championships at the end of June then go to Europe for an extensive circuit of competitions.