Lars Petersen & Mariett Win Wellington World Cup Freestyle Stays Atop North American League

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Lars Petersen winning the Wellington World Cup on Mariett, © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Lars Petersen winning the Wellington World Cup on Mariett, © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 14, 2014–Lars Petersen rode Mariett to a personal best result that was the second highest for a Danish combination anywhere in the world this season to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle before a standing room only crowd on a mild tropical night.

The Olympic, world championship and World Cup star for Denmark before he based himself in Florida, confirmed himself as a contender for a place in the World Cup Final with his fourth victory in eight starts this year on a score of 79.950 per cent.

American Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida and her Olympic and World Equestrian Games partner Calecto V were second on 77.975 per cent while fellow Dane Mikala Gundersen, also based  in Florida, was third on My Lady with 76.500 per cent.

After what she described as being “terribly disappointed” by her Grand Prix ride Thursday, Tina said: “I thought about retiring him, at the age of sixteen, but he’s so strong and healthy and sound that I kind of re-evaluated everything, and I’ll continue moving forward.”

Tina Konyot and Calecto V in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tina Konyot and Calecto V in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The moving forward will not include the World Cup, she said.

“My horse doesn’t owe anything to me. He doesn’t owe anything to the United States. The distance for the flight from here to Amsterdam then to Lyon and back is a lot of traveling. I don’t want to put him in a risky situaton.”

Mikala Gundersen and My Lady. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen and My Lady. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

After the latest competition, it semed likely that two American combinations, Cesar Parra of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey and Van the Man and Catherine Haddad-Staller of Califon, New Jersey and her Mane Stream Hotmail qualified for the World Cup Final in Lyon, France in mid-April.

Tina Konyot, the highest qualifying American in the North American League, was adamant she would not put her Danish Warmblood stallion through the stress of transatlantic travel for the World Cup, returning to the United States for World Equestrian Games selection trials then going back to campaign in Europe to seek selection for the WEG team in Normandy.

Caroline Roffman on Her Highness O was the most enthusiastic competitors. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Caroline Roffman on Her Highness O was the most enthusiastic competitors in their first Freestyle. that was to music of the Spice Girls © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Only Anna Kasprzak on her Olympic and European Championship mount Dennperignon has turned in a higher score in the Freestyle in the 2013/14 World Cup season and is ranked fourth in the highly competitive Western European  League. The highest score for Nanna Skodborg Merrald, the Danish rider ranked fifth in the WEL on Millibar, was 78.325 per cent in World Cup qualifier in Odense, Denmark last October.

Lars said he has promised the Danish federation he will notify them of his decision on whether he will accept an invitation as a foreign rider “additional” to the two places reserved for North Americans at the Fina. A maximum of three riders from a single nation can compete in the Final.

On the assumption Anna Kasprzak and and Nanna Skodberg Merrald are invited, that will leave one place open that could go to Lars or Mikala who stands second in the North American League.

“I’ll wait and see what Lars decides,” Mikala said. “If my federation wants me, I’m ready to go. If I get the opportunity I will go.”

My Lady, bought more than two years ago by Danish native and longtime Florida resident Janne Rumbough for Mikala to compete, is still only 14 years old and Mikala believes she may have opportunities in the future to compete at championships for Denmark.

Results:

Grand Prix Freestyle
E: van Daele – BEL H: Markowski – POL C: Foy – USA M: Gribbons – USA B: Clarke – GBR
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett 81.125 1 82.125 1 78.250 1 79.875 1 78.375 1 79.950 1
Konyot, Tina USA Calecto V 76.875 2 80.375 2 76.250 2 78.125 2 78.250 2 77.975 2
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 76.625 3 77.875 4 74.125 4 77.625 3 76.250 4 76.500 3
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 75.750 5 78.000 3 75.250 3 72.375 6 76.625 3 75.600 4
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail 75.750 6 73.875 7 72.625 8 73.500 5 75.250 5 74.200 5
Parra, Cesar USA Van the Man 76.250 4 75.625 5 73.000 6 72.000 8 72.750 9 73.925 6
Roffman, Caroline USA Her Highness O 70.750 9 73.875 7 73.000 6 75.000 4 74.250 6 73.375 7
Wilcox, Lisa USA Denzello 73.250 7 74.250 6 73.875 5 72.375 6 72.125 10 73.175 8
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 72.500 8 68.750 14 72.125 9 69.750 10 73.750 7 71.375 0
Irving, Jill CAN Pop Art 70.000 10 71.000 10 71.000 10 71.250 9 70.875 12 70.825 0 No
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 68.375 11 71.125 9 70.625 11 69.500 11 71.375 11 70.200 0 No
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme 66.375 12 70.000 12 67.875 12 65.625 14 73.625 8 68.700 0 No
Creech, Diane CAN Devon L 63.875 14 70.750 11 67.625 13 69.250 12 70.875 12 68.475 0 No
Kane, Devon USA Destiny 62.375 15 70.000 12 67.375 14 67.375 13 67.625 14 66.950 0 No
Rizzo, Silvia ITA Sal 65.250 13 67.000 15 66.500 15 63.125 15 64.500 15 65.275 0 No