Lars Petersen & Mariett Post Personal Best to Win Palm Beach World Cup Grand Prix
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LOXAHATCHEE, Florida, Mar. 1–Lars Petersen rode Mariett, the horse nursed back to fitness after a hoof was torn off in the stable, to a personal best score that gave the pair the victory Friday in the Palm Beach Dressage Derby World Cup Grand Prix, celebrating its 30th anniversary as a premier competition on the Florida winter show circuit.
Lars, a Danish Olympian who is based in Florida, scored 72.745 per cent on the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Come Back II x Zendi x Sidney) owned by Marcia Pepper. The previous best for the partnership that has been competing at Grand Prix for only a year was 71.979 per cent in early February, showing a steady improvement in results.
Mariett tore off a foot up to the coronet band that took two years for the hoof to grow back. Despite fears she might not be able to compete again, when the mare was healed Marcia turned Mariett over to Lars to train and compete.
Shelly Francis of the United States and Doktor, also based in Florida, were second on 69.391 per cent while Canadian Olympian David Marcus and Don Kontes were third on 68.277 per cent.
The result for Shelly and Doktor, a 10-yeard-old Oldenburg gelding (Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir 1) was also a personal best in only the fifth start for the pair at Grand Prix which they began this year.