Lars Petersen & Mariett Lead Near Danish Horse, Rider Sweep of Wellington CDI4* Freestyle

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Lars Petersen and Mariett, winners of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen and Mariett, winners of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 7, 2014–Mariett came down from her “hot” high to carry Lars Petersen to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle on a balmy tropical Friday night under lights in which all three horses and two of the riders were born and bred in Denmark.

Lars and Mariett scored 76.400 per cent for their third straight victory this year with the United States Olympic team combination of Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida and Calecto V in second place on 75.500 per cent and Mikala Munter Gundersen, also a Wellington-based Dane, on My Lady placing third on 72.825 per cent.

The $80,000 CDI4* Freestyle was a sellout in both the spectator stands and the VIP pavilion that was the highlight of America’s richest non-championship dressage show sponsored by the Dutta Corp., the third of seven CDIs that make up the Wellington winter circuit from January through the end of March.

“She came down a little bit today, thank God,” Lars said Friday night, a day after the Grand Prix when the mare was hotter than ever before. “She’s like a dog, usually, a really sweet horse at home. But she gets a little bit more up when she comes to the show… the lights, music, people. In some ways that’s what makes them good.”

Lars Petersen and Mariett. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen and Mariett. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

And, he said the pair are getting “closer and closer” to being able to achieve the best in the competition arena that they get at home.

Since the beginning of 2013, Lars and the Danish Warmblood mare (Come Back II x Sidney) have won 12 of their 24 starts in the United States and Europe, including three first places and three second places in their six starts so far in 2014.

The pair are ranked 18th in the world and are atop the World Cup North American League standings.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V. © SusanJStickle.com
Tina Konyot and Calecto V. © SusanJStickle.com

Tina Konyot exclaimed “Thank God” at the performance by Calecto V in the Freestyle after Thursday’s Grand Prix in which she was “a little bit frustrated” at the number of mistakes. However, she said, the stallion she rode on the U.S. teams at the 2010 WEG and the 2012 Olympics was returning to top firm and despite the stallion’s age of 16 years culd again by at the top of the sport.

Mikala Gundersen said that when My Lady was first competing two years ago after arriving from Denmark “she ws terrified” and “we had to feed her sugar cubes to get her into the ring.” Now, “we feel the horse is having fun.”

Mikala Munter Gundersen and My Lady. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Munter Gundersen and My Lady. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Grand Prix Freestyle – 4*
E: Judet – FRA H: Rockwell – USA C: Fore – USA M: Wuest – GER B: Alonso – MEX
Rider Ctzn Horse Breed Sex Sire Dams Sire Birth Year E H C M B T Pl.
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett DANISH Mare Comeback II Sidney 1998 74.625 76.375 78.500 76.500 76.000 76.400 1
Konyot, Tina USA Calecto V Danish Warmblood Stallion Come Back II Rastell 1998 76.625 74.875 75.000 75.875 75.125 75.500 2
Munter Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady Danish Warmblood Mare Michellino Ritterstern 2000 72.625 71.250 73.750 73.625 72.875 72.825 3
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor OLD Gelding Diamond Hit Renoir I 2003 72.875 73.000 73.375 71.625 71.625 72.500 4
Creech, Diane CAN Devon L HANN Gelding De Niro Wolkenstein II 2000 70.375 72.875 72.875 72.250 71.375 71.950 5
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro SWB Gelding D Day Napoleon 625 1999 71.125 72.750 70.500 73.000 71.750 71.825 6
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri OLD Gelding Don Cardinale 2002 69.875 72.125 71.750 72.750 70.500 71.400 7
Marcus, David CAN Chrevi’s Capital DANISH Gelding Chrevi’s Lavallo Weinberg 2000 70.000 71.250 70.375 70.875 72.000 70.900 8
Irving, Jill CAN Pop Art KWPN Gelding Amsterdam Cabochon 1997 69.250 69.750 69.750 71.750 67.875 69.675 0
Marek, Anna USA Unico G Kwpn Gelding Negro Animo 2001 68.375 69.375 68.250 65.500 68.000 67.900 0
Parra, Cesar USA Van the Man Dutch Gelding Obelisk 2002 66.375 65.625 70.375 68.125 68.875 67.875 0
Kaldewei, Maria GER Companero 12 HANN Gelding Carbid World Cup I 1998 62.250 54.875 58.000 60.875 57.875 58.775 0