Denmark’s Lars Petersen On Mariett Wins Wellington World Cup Grand Prix, Spain’s Dani Dockx on Grandioso 2nd

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Lars Petersen riding Mariett to their second victory in three starts at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida this year. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen riding Mariett to their second victory in three starts at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida this year. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 22, 2015–Lars Petersen the Danish rider based in Florida gave an early birthday present to the owner of Mariett by winning the World Cup Grand Prix at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Thursday.

Spain’s José Daniel Martín Dockx, competing Grandioso for the first Big Tour for the pair in the United States and the first American competition for the Spanish stallion since Courtney King-Dye’s accident placed second.

Lars and the 17-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Come Back II x Sidney) scored 73.220 per cent with Dani Dockx and Grandioso on 72.360 per cent and the USA’s Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida on Doktor third on 72.200 per cent.

The placings by the judges varied widely–Lare and Mariett were placed second by four judges and first by one, Dani Dockx and Grandioso were awarded first by two judges, fourth by two judges and fifth by one judge while Shelly was put into third place by three judges, first place by one and seventh place by another.

José Daniel Martín Dockx riding Grandioso in the first competition for the pair in the United States. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
José Daniel Martín Dockx riding Grandioso in the first competition for the pair in the United States. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Mariett is the miracle mare who tore off a hoof and was being slowly rehabilitated but owner Marcia Pepper decided she wanted Lars to compete the horse if she ever returned to showing.

In 2014, Lars and Mariett were the top money winner on the Global circuit, won the World Cup North American League and was on Denmark’s team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

This was only their second international event since the World Games–they won the first World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle qualifier in the first show two weeks ago that could put them on track to go to the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in mid-April.

The win in Thursday’s Grand Prix came a day before Marcia’s 62nd birthday.

“Of course, I’m proud to win,” Lars said, “but what I’m most proud of is having a horse 17 years old that is fresh and getting better–and maybe I’m getting better at riding her. That means something.

“My dad always told me to learn from people horses get old. The art is not making a Grand Prix horse but making a Grand Prix horse last.

“We have a responsibility to the horse. It’s something I’m really proud of.”

Shelly Francis on Doktor competing for the first time since the World Equestrian Fesatival in Aachen, Germany last July. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Shelly Francis on Doktor competing for the first time since the World Equestrian Fesatival in Aachen, Germany last July. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dani admitted that he was nervous and feeling the pressure a little before the ride on Grandioso that was the first ever for the pair who rode for Spain at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

The last last time the horse competed in the United States was five years ago when Courtney King-Dye was days away from starting in their first national Grand Prix when she came off a young horse she was training in an accident that stunned the horse community around the world and led to changes in safety helmet rules.

Wellington is also home of Hampton Green Farms, along with Fruitport, Michigan, where Kim Boyer is based for the winter.

“My sponsor and a lot of other people were excited to see Grandioso,” he said.

“I’m very happy with the result. The horse made a really clean test; little mistakes but nothing really bad.

“In the beginning I was a little nervous but after the half passes I was riding like normal, very strong in the small details.”

José Daniel Martín Dockx on Grandioso after the first American competition for the pair. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
José Daniel Martín Dockx on Grandioso after the first American competition for the pair. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The scores were slightly lower than the mid-70 per cent results the pair were getting in Europe last summer, but awards from the European judges were in line with last year

Results:

Grand Prix
E: Torrente – COL H: Mattiesen – DEN C: Holler – GER M: McMullen – CAN B: Weatherwax – USA
Rider Nation Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett 71.300 2 72.900 2 74.400 2 75.000 2 72.500 1 73.220 1
Martin Dockx, Jose Daniel ESP Grandioso 69.700 4 75.800 1 74.500 1 70.800 5 71.000 4 72.360 2
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 69.300 7 71.100 3 73.300 3 75.900 1 71.400 3 72.200 3
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 73.400 1 70.500 5 73.300 3 70.500 6 69.500 7 71.440 4
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Divertimento 69.700 4 70.600 4 71.000 6 71.700 3 70.600 5 70.720 5
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri 69.200 8 70.000 6 71.600 5 68.000 14 69.800 6 69.720 6
Koschel, Christoph GER Tiesto 69.900 3 68.600 8 69.200 9 68.900 9 71.700 2 69.660 7
Schopf, Carrie ARM Sancisco OLD 69.500 6 67.800 10 66.300 19 68.900 9 68.800 10 68.260 8
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 67.600 10 68.708 7 66.800 18 69.600 7 67.700 13 68.082
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 67.300 12 67.600 11 69.400 8 68.200 13 67.500 14 68.000
Page, Arlene USA Alina 65.200 23 66.100 15 68.700 10 71.500 4 67.800 12 67.860
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P 66.900 15 66.200 14 67.500 14 68.500 12 69.000 9 67.620
Creech, Diane CAN Devon L 66.600 18 67.900 9 67.200 16 68.800 11 67.200 16 67.540
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 67.300 12 66.100 15 67.100 17 69.100 8 66.700 17 67.260
Wilson, Leah CAN Fabian JS 66.700 17 65.300 22 68.300 12 67.000 18 68.800 10 67.220
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Benetton Dream 67.400 11 65.800 19 70.600 7 65.300 21 66.700 17 67.160
Barisone, Michael USA HF Victor 66.900 15 64.500 24 67.900 13 67.600 17 67.300 15 66.840
Darcourt, Caroline SWE Paridon Magi 65.700 21 66.500 12 68.700 10 66.200 20 62.800 28 65.980
Perry, Kasey USA Trostruplunds Scarlet 63.400 26 66.500 12 67.400 15 67.000 18 65.300 20 65.920
Kane, Devon USA Destiny 62.900 27 66.100 15 66.300 19 64.600 23 69.100 8 65.800
Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC 65.300 22 64.500 24 65.000 24 67.700 15 65.700 17 65.640
Wilcox, Lisa USA Pikko del Cerro HU 68.400 9 64.700 23 66.000 22 64.000 24 64.700 22 65.560
Boylen, Christilot CAN Drentano 67.300 12 65.500 21 66.200 21 62.800 27 64.608 23 65.282
Sammis, Lauren USA Whitman 66.400 20 64.400 26 62.800 29 67.700 15 64.600 24 65.180
Tarjan, Alice USA Elfenfeuer 66.500 19 63.900 27 64.400 26 63.600 25 65.100 21 64.700
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 64.300 24 65.900 18 65.500 23 63.300 26 64.300 25 64.660
Marek, Anna USA Unico G 63.800 25 65.600 20 64.500 25 64.800 22 64.300 25 64.600
Dvorak, Tom CAN Fling 61.900 28 62.300 28 63.900 28 61.000 29 62.700 29 62.360
Duncan, Alexandra CAN Vitall 61.900 28 61.000 29 64.200 27 59.400 30 60.000 30 61.300
Collomb, Stephanie FRA Oceane Du Desert 60.500 30 60.600 30 59.900 32 61.200 28 62.900 27 61.020
Bukowski, Lisa CAN Santos Utopia 60.500 30 59.100 31 60.800 31 59.300 31 58.700 31 59.680
Pot, Adrienne USA Something Special C 60.300 32 58.200 32 61.800 30 56.300 33 57.700 32 58.860
Cast, Helen USA Donnersohn 57.500 33 56.900 33 58.000 33 57.500 32 51.800 33 56.340