Denmark’s Lars Petersen & Mariett Tighten Grip on World Cup North American League with 2nd Wellington Freestyle Victory

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Lars Petersen and Mariett in the second highest scoring Grand Prix Freestyle at the Gloal Dressage Festival. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen and Mariett in their second highest scoring Grand Prix Freestyle at the Gloal Dressage Festival. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 24, 2014–Lars Petersen and Mariett won the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle on Friday with their second best ever result despite a memory lapse by the rider but the pair tightened their grip at the top of the North American League.

In what he said may be the last time he makes the claim, the Danish Olympian said he believes he can get even better results from the Danish Warmblood mare that is “getting younger” despite her age of 16 years than the 77.450 per cent the pair were awarded.

Canada’s Diane Creech on Devon L debuted a new freestyle that won the partnership second place on 73.175 per cent that was by far their personal best Freestyle result in competing the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding at the top level of the sport for almost five years. And it moved them to the lead of North American citizens on the World Cup North American League standings from which two combinations will be assured of places at the Final in Lyon, France in mid-April.

Diane Creech and Devon L on their way to second place at the Global Dressge Festival World up Freestyle. © 2014 SusanJStickle.com
Diane Creech and Devon L on their way to second place at the Global Dressge Festival World up Freestyle. © 2014 SusanJStickle.com

United States team rider Cesar Parra of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey scored 72.725 per cent with Van the Man in Friday’s Freestyle and that gave them an average of 72.350 and moved them into second place for U.S, and Canadian riders on the NAL standings.

Mikala Munter Gundersen, like Lars a rider who moved from Denmark to become a fulltime resident of Florida, was third on My Lady with 72.075 per cent in their third performance of a freestyle that was created by British musical creator Gary Patterson. She said she was disappointed that he had flown to Florida for the ride and had not performed better.

Mikala Munter Gundersen on My Lady in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Munter Gundersen on My Lady in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The result for Lars and Mariett was the second highest to the 78.450 per cent the pair scored a year ago to win the CDI5* at this same venue.

Lars, a master at riding the Freestyle as he has done on several horses including Blue Hors Cavan on which he was reserve champion at the 2002 World Cup Final, mistimed the final centerline of the test on Mariett Friday night which was the last of  14 rides in an open air arena that had gotten unseasonably cold, about 60F (15C) after the sun went down. And the drop in temperature cleared many spectators out of the stands which had been full during the first few rides when the sun was out.

The music continued for several seconds after Lars saluted.

He had forgotten the piaffe on the final centerline of the freestyle that has a high degree of difficulty though fun circus-like music.

Even so, the performance was a big step up from their ride two weeks ago which was the first competition for the pair since last September.

“We’ve now had a little bit of practice,” he said, “when it gets easier.”

Friday night’s Freestyle was the fifth of nine World Cup North American League events to qualify for the Final in Lyon, France in mid-April.

Lars and Mariett have four results that average 76.996 per cent as the NAL is determined by the average of the top two scores and not points as in the Western and Central European Leagues that makes their qualifying result 77.212.

Mikala and My Lady are in second place with a two-score average of 73.663.

However, the NAL is reserved for two North American citizens so Lars and Mikala can only hope for a wild card invitation from the International Equestrian Federation which has to be requested by the Danish federation.

The highest ranked Canadian or United States combination are Diane Creech of Canada and Devon L with an average of 72.737 after two competitions and Cesar Parra and Van the Man with a two-competion average of 72.350. Jaqueline Brooks of Canada and D Niro, the 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Cup Final partnership, have a two-show average if 71.912 per cent and third in rankings.

Nanna Skodberg Merrald is the only Danish rider in the Western European League with better results, two 13th place finshes that place her seventh in the rankings.

Results:

Grand Prix Freestyle l
E: Matthiesen – DEN H: Umbach – LUX C: Bredahl – USA M: Wessels – GBR B: Osinski – USA
Rider Nat Horse Breed Sex Sire Dams Sire Birth Year E H C M B T Pl.
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett DANISH Mare Comeback II Sidney 1998 76.875 77.875 76.125 79.750 76.625 77.450 1
Creech, Diane CAN Devon L HANN Gelding De Niro Wolkenstein II 2000 73.125 74.375 71.625 75.000 71.750 73.175 2
Munter Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady Danish Warmblood Mare Michellino Ritterstern 2000 71.375 72.250 73.000 72.625 71.125 72.075 3
Parra, Cesar USA Van the Man Dutch Gelding Obelisk 2002 71.500 73.875 72.625 71.250 70.625 71.975 4
Irving, Jill CAN Pop Art KWPN Gelding Amsterdam Cabochon 1997 71.125 68.625 71.375 71.625 72.000 70.950 5
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro SWB Gelding D Day Napoleon 625 1999 72.750 69.750 69.875 71.875 70.500 70.950 5
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella KWPN Mare Contango Riverman 2001 70.625 72.250 69.500 71.250 68.875 70.500 7
Marek, Anna USA Unico G Kwpn Gelding Negro Animo 2001 68.875 71.375 69.875 69.125 69.750 69.800 8
Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC OLD Gelding Clintino 2000 69.750 71.125 69.250 71.125 67.000 69.650 9
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri OLD Gelding Don Cardinale 2002 68.500 71.125 67.500 69.125 67.875 68.825 10
Kaldewei, Maria GER Companero 12 HANN Gelding Carbid World Cup I 1998 67.125 69.000 68.250 66.500 65.500 67.275 11
Rizzo, Sylvia ITA Sal Lusitano Stallion Mississipe Dolega 1999 66.875 63.625 63.875 62.000 64.125 64.100 12
Vaughn, Joanne GBR Prego KWPN Stallion Zazou Ulft 1997 59.000 64.750 64.125 64.250 60.875 62.600 13
Marcus, David CAN Don Kontes SWB Gelding Don Schufro Bellini 2000 59.000 60.625 59.625 56.625 60.125 59.200 14