Denmark’s Lars Petersen Taking Beemer to Europe in WEG Bid

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Lars Petersen and Beemer. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen and Beemer. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, May 23–Lars Petersen, who represented Denmark at the Olympics and other world championships, left his Florida base Sunday to compete in Europe with the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding Beemer in hopes of going to his fourth World Equestrian Games.

The 45-year-old trainer will be based with Danish team coach Rudolf Zeillinger and is scheduled to compete at the Internationales Dressurfestival Lingen CDI4* in Germany June 4-6 and Rotterdam CDIO5* in The Netherlands June 16-20. Depending on their performance, they could be nominated for the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen in mid-July.

Beemer, owned by Global Dressage Sales, LLC, was competed in three competitions in Florida this past winter and notched a first place finish in the Grand Prix Special at the Wellington CDI3* with a score of 70.750 per cent.

Mikala Munter Gundersen, a Danish rider also based in Florida, will go to Europe in July to compete the stallion, Leonberg, owned by Horses Unlimited, at Aachen in mid-July and then the Danish championships.

Both riders hope to make the Danish team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky beginning Sept. 25.

Lars is unable to compete in the Danish championships as he has several students competing at the U.S. Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey, the first half of August. That event includes the National Grand Prix Championships which are also the selection trials for the U.S. team for Kentucky.

He represented Denmark at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the WEG in the Hague in 1994, Rome in 1998 and Jerez in 2002, as well as World Cup Finals in 2001 and 2002 when he was reserve champion with Blue Hors Cavan.