Lars Petersen & Mariett Score Personal Best to Win Wellington CDi5* Grand Prix

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Lars Petersen on Mariett winning the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressge-news.com
Lars Petersen on Mariett winning the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressge-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 5, 2015–Mariett, the forever young Peter Pan of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, was ridden by Lars Petersen to a personal best score and victory in the CDI5* Grand Prix, delayed by tropical thunderstorms to be staged under lights Thursday night.

The Florida-based Danish rider and Mariett scored 74.160 per cent at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Centewr for the fourth straight victory for the 17-year-old Danish Warmblood mare that was on the Danish team at last year’s World Equestrian Games.

Mikala Gundersen, also a Danish rider based in Wellington, on My Lady placed second on 72.960 per cent while the USA’s Kathleen Raine of Murietta, California on Breanna competing in Wellington for the first time was third on 72.420 per cent.

Mikala Gundersen on My Lady. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen on My Lady. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The surprise of the world’s richest dressage event with $200,000 in prize money presented by Diamante Farm was the performance by America’s national championship partnership of Steffen Peters of San Diego, California on Legolas.

The pair placed seventh on 71.220 per cent that was the lowest Grand Prix score since their first show in February, 2012. Legolas appeared very hot and performed some of his best tempi changes and passage but also made mistakes that were costly.

Lars, who has been competing Mariett for three years after recovering from a hoof torn off in a freak accident, said Mariett “is like riding an eight-year-old.”

He keeps her fit and loose and in good condition.

Steffen Peters on Legolas in the CDI5* Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters on Legolas in the CDI5* Grand Prix. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Mikala, who was a team mate with My Lady on the World Games team last year, said that being in the top five in the star-studded Grand Prix was “like a dream.”

Results:

CDI5* Grand Prix
E: Wuest – GER H: Fore – USA C: Foy – USA M: Armando – ARG B: Lang – AUT
Rider Nation Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett 73.400 1 75.300 1 72.900 4 74.300 1 74.900 1 74.160 1
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 72.000 3 74.100 3 74.500 1 72.100 5 72.100 4 72.960 2
Raine, Kathleen USA Breanna 71.300 5 75.200 2 72.100 5 71.200 6 72.300 3 72.420 3
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 72.400 2 71.800 4 73.100 3 73.100 3 68.200 12 71.720 4
Martin Dockx, Jose Daniel ESP Grandioso 69.500 8 71.700 5 72.100 6 73.000 4 71.000 6 71.460 5
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton 70.600 6 71.100 6 73.300 2 70.500 7 70.700 7 71.240 6
Peters, Steffen USA Legolas 92 67.300 13 71.100 6 70.700 9 73.500 2 73.500 2 71.220 7
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Divertimento 71.400 4 69.700 10 71.200 8 70.200 9 71.400 5 70.780 8
Koschel, Christoph GER Tiesto 70.200 7 68.200 13 71.500 7 69.500 10 68.800 10 69.640 0
Blitz, Heather USA Paragon 67.500 12 70.600 8 69.800 11 70.400 8 67.400 14 69.140 0
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri 69.000 9 69.900 9 69.600 12 68.400 12 67.400 14 68.860 0
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 68.600 10 68.500 12 69.000 13 67.200 15 68.900 9 68.440 0
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail 68.300 11 65.900 18 68.500 14 69.300 11 69.000 8 68.200 0
Wilcox, Lisa USA Denzello 64.900 19 68.200 13 70.500 10 67.600 14 68.700 11 67.980 0
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 66.900 15 67.800 15 66.400 18 66.000 19 68.200 12 67.060 0
Darcourt, Caroline SWE Paridon Magi 65.900 18 69.600 11 65.400 18 66.200 18 66.400 17 66.700 0
Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC 66.300 16 66.400 17 68.400 15 66.900 16 65.100 20 66.620 0
Page, Arlene USA Alina 67.100 14 67.500 16 66.500 17 65.000 20 66.200 18 66.460 0
Kane, Devon USA Destiny 66.300 16 64.200 20 66.800 16 68.300 13 66.100 19 66.340 0
Barisone, Michael USA HF Victor 64.700 20 65.200 19 64.700 20 66.400 17 67.300 16 65.660 0
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0