Winners Again, Lars Petersen & Mariett Take Wellington World Cup Grand Prix, Laura Graves & Verdades Runnerup

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Lars Petersen on Mariett notching their sixth straight win on the Florida circuit this year. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen on Mariett notching their sixth straight win on the Florida circuit this year. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 5, 2015–Lars Petersen, one of the most experienced international competitors on the Florida circuit, rode Mariett to their sixth straight win this year by taking the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Thursday, while Laura Graves and her Verdades just starting their second year at Big Tour were runnerup.

The Danish Warmblood mare that Lars said is feeling better than ever despite her age of 17 scored 72.960 per cent for the victory that was the sixth in seven starts in this winter’s circuit that has seen the Danish combination top the World Cup North American League standings so far.

Laura of Geneva, Florida rode her Verdades for a score of 72.200 per cent in the first outing for the pair since placing fifth in the world championship Freestyle at Normandy last August.

“I need to get my act together,” Laura told dressage-news.com after explaining mistakes that she said were mostly hers and came from being “competition rusty.”

Even so, Laura who has owned Verdades from a foal that she has trained as her first Grand Prix mount, was placed first by three of the five judges with a high score of 75.300 per cent from Freddy Leyman of Belgium and a low of 67.500 per cent for 15th place from Jan Nivelle of Germany.

Shelly Francis of neighboring Loxahatchee, Florida on Doktor was third on 72.120 per cent.

The Freestyle for which the scores count in qualifying for the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in mid-April will be staged Friday night under lights.

Laura Graves on Verdades in their first Grand Prix in six months, runnerup at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves on Verdades in their first Grand Prix in six months, runnerup at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Laura and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding were competing in the first of two World Cup qualifiers needed to gain scores high enough to earn one of the two places available to North Americans at the Final in mid-April.

If the 27-year-old rider and “Diddy,” as she calls Verdades, become one of the two combinations to qualify for Las Vegas, the duo may not have to go to Europe to be selected for the American team for the Pan American Games in Toronto in July.

The last qualifying event in the world’s four geographic divisions for the World Cup Final will be in San Juan Capistrano, California Mar. 19-22.

Steffen Peters of San Diego on Legolas with the highest World Grand Prix Freestyle score in the United States this year of 80.825 per cent will seek to attain his second qualifying score and thus defend the title he won on Ravel in 2009. That was the last time the Final of the annual global dressage championship was held in the U.S.

Laura Graves and Verdades in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves and Verdades in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Class: 500 – FEI Grand Prix Ring: Stadium
E: Nivelle – GER H: Zang – USA C: Clarke – GBR M: Schwennesen – AUS B: Leyman – GER
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett 74.400 1 70.700 5 74.300 2 71.500 2 73.900 2 72.960 1
Graves, Laura USA Verdades 67.500 15 73.400 1 72.800 3 72.000 1 75.300 1 72.200 2
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 71.000 4 71.100 3 75.500 1 70.000 7 73.000 5 72.120 3
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Divertimento 71.300 3 72.300 2 72.500 4 71.100 3 73.300 4 72.100 4
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 72.800 2 70.800 4 71.600 5 70.800 4 71.900 7 71.580 5
Wilcox, Lisa USA Pikko del Cerro HU 70.600 5 68.700 13 70.400 9 70.200 6 73.800 3 70.740 6
Koschel, Christoph GER Tiesto 70.500 7 70.200 8 70.000 12 70.000 7 72.000 6 70.540 7
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail 68.600 13 69.100 10 71.400 6 69.600 11 69.800 9 69.700 8
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Benetton Dream 68.500 14 70.500 6 70.300 10 69.000 13 69.200 10 69.500 0
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P 69.700 8 69.000 11 71.400 6 69.700 10 67.700 14 69.500 0
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastels Nintendo 70.600 5 70.500 6 67.800 15 67.800 15 70.700 8 69.480 0
Kane, Devon USA Destiny 68.900 10 69.400 9 67.800 15 70.600 5 68.600 12 69.060 0
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 69.700 8 68.000 14 70.800 8 65.800 23 68.200 13 68.500 0
Francis, Shelly USA Danilo 68.800 12 66.700 17 70.300 10 66.700 19 69.100 11 68.320 0
Holzer, Ashley CAN Dressed In Black 67.300 17 68.800 12 70.000 12 69.800 9 65.300 23 68.240 0
Creech, Diane CAN Devon L 66.900 18 67.400 15 69.700 14 67.100 16 66.000 19 67.420 0
Bateson Chandler, Kathrine USA Alcazar 68.900 10 67.200 16 67.200 19 66.300 21 67.100 17 67.340 0
Pot, Adrienne USA Something Special C 64.300 23 66.600 18 65.900 21 69.400 12 65.400 21 66.320 0
Tarjan, Alice USA Elfenfeuer 66.800 19 64.800 21 65.600 22 67.000 17 67.400 16 66.320 0
Boylen, Christilot CAN Drentano 67.500 15 64.000 22 67.300 18 66.900 18 65.400 21 66.220 0
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 66.300 20 63.800 23 66.300 20 66.700 19 67.000 18 66.020 0
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 62.600 27 66.100 20 67.800 15 66.000 22 67.500 15 66.000 0
Hamilton, Susanne USA Lord Locksley 65.900 21 62.100 26 64.000 26 68.200 14 64.500 24 64.940 0
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Tarpan Ymas 65.200 22 63.300 24 65.200 24 63.700 26 65.800 20 64.640 0
Gugler, Sylvia USA Baudolino 64.000 24 61.200 28 64.100 25 65.100 25 62.500 27 63.380 0
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 63.400 25 66.400 19 61.800 28 61.600 27 63.600 26 63.360 0
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Stuntmann AF Hvarre 63.200 26 61.600 27 63.000 27 65.500 24 61.900 28 63.040 0
Blitz, Heather USA Paragon 60.200 28 63.200 25 65.400 23 61.300 28 64.000 25 62.820 0
Rumbough, Janne USA Junior 60.000 29 58.700 29 58.500 29 59.200 29 58.200 29 58.920 0
Williams, Noel USA Sir Velo 58.800 30 53.600 30 57.500 30 58.000 30 54.800 30 56.540 0