Lars Petersen & Mariett Win Florida Freestyle for 6th Straight Victory
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
LOXAHATCHEE, Florida, Mar. 23–Denmark’s Lars Petersen and Mariett posted their sixth straight victory in winning the International Horse Sports Champions Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday, the last of eight World Cup qualifiers in which the top two ranked combinations in the North American League did did not compete.
Lars, a Florida-based Dane, and the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Come Back II x Zendi x Sidney) were scored at 74.950 per cent.
Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida, and Doktor, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I), placed second on 70.950 per cent with Susan Jaccoma of Kennebunk, Maine and Wadamur were third on 70.325 per cent.
The result for Shelly moved her and Doktor up to third in the rankings but she told dressage-news.com that even if one of the Canadian combinations decided not to go to the Final in Gothenberg, Sweden late next month she also would decline an invitation because of the age and experience of the horse. This was only their fourth event since starting CDI Grand Prix two months ago,
Only five combinations started in the Freestyle but absent from the competition were the Canadian Olympic partnerships of David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital and Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, the North American League which is entitled to two invitations to the World Cup Final in Gothenberg, Sweden late next month.
David said he would advise Equine Canada before disclosing whether he would go to the World Cup.
Jacquie said, however, she will go if invited.
She gave the 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (D-Day x Alitalia x Napoleon 625) a break from competition after their last Freestyle in mid-March and will ride in the $120,000 Global Dressage Festival CDI5* in two weeks as a final tuneup for the World Cup Final.
An invitation to the World Cup Final in Europe carries a significant financial penalty for North Americans.
Organizers reimburse less than half the cost of about $30,000 for round trip transportation of horse and rider, hotels and other costs.
Simultaneously, growth of the Florida circuit which is tentatively scheduled to host seven of the 12 World Cup events in the United States in the 2013/2014 season has impacted events elsewhere.
Canada did not stage any World Cup events in 2012/13 and does not plan to do so for the next season.
World Cup Dressage 2012/2013 Standings – North America (Unofficial)
1. David Marcus Canada Chrevi’s Capital 73.975%
2. Jacqueline Brooks Canada D Niro 72.600%
3. Shelly Francis USA Doktor 72.287%
4. Jaimey Irwin Canada Lindor’s Finest 72.113%
5. Diane Creech Canada Devon L 71.375%
6. James Koford USA Rhett 70.675%
7. Melissa Taylor USA Schumacker Solyst 70.500%
8. Nicholas Fyffe AUS Sentimiento I 69.913%
9. David Marcus CAN Don Kontes 69.263%
|Grand Prix Freestyle|
|E: Rockwell – “O” USA||H: Kruger – “I” DEN||C: Clarke – “O” GBR||M: Svalling – “O” SWE||B: Foy – “I” USA|
|Marcus, David||CAN||Don Kontes||69.125%||4||67.500%||5||71.500%||3||66.875%||4||68.875%||4||68.775%||5|