Lars Petersen & Mariett Win World’s Richest Dressage Event, Wellington CDI5* Freestyle

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Lars Petersen on ariett in the victory round of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen on Mariett in the victory round of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 6, 2015–Lars Petersen and Mariett, the 17-year-old mare that keeps getting better as she gets older, won the world’s richest dressage competition Friday night, the $200,000 (€177,700) Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle.

To the accompaniment of fun music that the Danish Olympian prefers, Mariett performed under lights what Lars said was one of their best ever Freestyles before a standing-room only crowd to score  79.175 per cent.

Steffen Peters of San Diego, California on Legolas recovered from a sub-par performance in the Grand Prix to place second in the Freestyle on a score of 76.200 per cent while Florida-based Danish team rider Mikala Gundersen on My Lady slotted into third on 75.725 per cent. the same score as Spanish Olympian Jose Daniel Martin Dockx on the U.S.-owned Grandioso.

The score for Lars and Mariett, the mare he owns with Marcia Pepper, was their second highest ever, surpassed only by the 79.950 per cent attained at Global last March that boosted the combination to the top of the North American League World Cup standings for the 2014 Final.

Result:

Class: 522 – 5* FEI Grand Prix Freestyle Ring: The Stadium
E: Matthiesen – DEN H: Max-Theurer – AUT C: Fore – USA M: Umbach – LUX B: Wuest – GER
Rider Nation Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett 79.125 1 79.625 1 79.875 1 78.875 1 78.375 1 79.175 1
Peters, Steffen USA Legolas 92 78.000 2 73.375 6 76.750 2 76.750 3 76.125 2 76.200 2
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 76.875 3 73.750 5 75.625 4 76.625 4 75.750 3 75.725 3
Martin Dockx, Jose Daniel ESP Grandioso 74.625 4 75.375 3 76.500 3 77.750 2 74.375 5 75.725 4
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 74.125 5 76.250 2 73.750 5 76.625 4 74.125 6 74.975 5
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton 73.250 6 75.250 4 73.125 7 72.000 11 72.625 8 73.250 6
Koschel, Christoph GER Tiesto 72.000 9 72.250 7 73.625 6 75.500 6 71.250 10 72.925 7
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri 73.250 7 69.875 11 70.250 13 74.375 7 74.625 4 72.475 8
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 72.250 8 71.250 9 71.750 9 71.250 13 72.875 7 71.875 9
Page, Arlene USA Alina 70.125 12 71.500 8 71.875 8 72.250 10 72.250 9 71.600 10
Darcourt, Caroline SWE Paridon Magi 70.750 10 67.125 15 70.875 12 73.750 9 71.000 11 70.700 11
Kane, Devon USA Destiny 69.000 14 70.125 10 70.000 15 74.000 8 70.375 13 70.700 11
Wilcox, Lisa USA Denzello 70.125 12 69.500 12 71.000 11 71.500 12 70.750 12 70.575 13
Blitz, Heather USA Paragon 70.375 11 67.875 14 70.250 13 71.000 14 68.750 15 69.650 14
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail 68.000 15 69.125 13 71.250 10 69.625 15 68.875 14 69.375 15