Lars Petersen & Mariett Win Final Florida World Cup Grand Prix, North America Rankings Muddy
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
LOXAHATCHEE, Florida, Mar. 22–Lars Petersen and Mariett posted their fifth straight victory of the winter circuit with another personal best score in winning the International Horse Sport Champions Cup World Cup Grand Prix Friday, the last event in which two combinations from the North American League can win an invitation to the Final in Sweden next month.
The withdrawal of the U.S. Olympic and World Equestrian Games combination of Tina Konyot and Calecto V and a decision by America’s Shelly Francis not to go to Gothenberg with Doktor even if winning an invitation muddied the NAL World Cup picture.
The 73.745 per cent awarded to Lars Petersen, a Florida-based Dane, and the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Come Back II x Zendi x Sidney) was the highest so far in their Grand Prix career that began a year ago after two years out of commission when the horse’s hoof was torn off in an accident.
Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee and the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I), in only their fourth event since starting CDI Grand Prix two months ago, placed second on 69.021 per cent with Canada’s Diane Creech and Devon L third on 67.681 per cent.
Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida did not present Calecto V, a Danish Warmblood stallion, at the veterinary check after a small cut on her leg caused swelling that prevented her from riding most of the week. She had the single highest score in the NAL calendar of eight events, but the average of two Freestyle results is required and there is now no opportunity to obtain a second result.
The Canadian Olympic combinations of David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital and Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro appear likely to be at the top of the standings after the Freestyle Saturday. Even if Shelly Francis was to score high enough in the Freestyle for one of the top two rankings she told dressage-news.com the horse needs more sasoning before considering an appearance at what will be a jam-packed arena with an electric atmosphere at the Final.
David said he will discuss prospects with owner Deborah Kinzinger before making a decision on whether to go to the Final.
Jacqueline Brooks, on the other hand, did not show D-Niro at this show aiming “to peak in Sweden” if she is invited to the Final.
She will compete at the $120,000 Global Dressage Festival CDI5* early next months as a lead up.
“I thought it would be fairer to him to bring him back down now and work my way back up to peak again towards the end of April,” she told dressage-news.com.
Lars Petersen said he also plans to compete Mariett in the CDI5* and then will decide whether plan a trip to Europe.
|FEI Grand Prix Open CDIW USEF HP GAIG/USDF Qual|
|E: Clarke – “O” GBR||H: Foy – “I” USA||C: Rockwell – “O” USA||M: Kruger – “I” DEN||B: Svalling – “O” SWE|
|Rider||Nat.||Horse||E %||Rk.||H %||Rk.||C %||Rk.||M %||Rk.||B %||Rk.||T %||Pl.|
|Creech, Diane||CAN||Devon L||68.723%||3||66.489%||5||66.489%||4||69.574%||3||67.128%||3||67.681%||3|
|Marcus, David||CAN||Don Kontes||64.468%||6||68.511%||3||65.000%||5||64.681%||6||64.681%||5||65.468%||5|