All 18 Dressage Horses Pass Vet Check at World Cup Final–Part II

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Lars Petersen and Mariett made it to the World Cup Final by placing high enough in the North Americna League where Danish rider competes as a resident of Wellington, Florida. Mariett is a Danish Warmblood mare whose future as a show horse appeared over when she tore off a hoof. But owner Marcia Pepper let Lars take a year to rehabilitate the horse and the pair have since been on the Danish World Games team in 2014, earned more than $100,000 at Florida's Global Dressage Festival and qualified for their second World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen and Mariett made it to the World Cup Final by placing high enough in the North Americna League where Danish rider competes as a resident of Wellington, Florida. Mariett is a Danish Warmblood mare whose future as a show horse appeared over when she tore off a hoof. But owner Marcia Pepper let Lars take a year to rehabilitate the horse and the pair have since been on the Danish World Games team in 2014, earned more than $100,000 at Florida’s Global Dressage Festival and qualified for their second World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAS VEGAS, April 15, 2015–Horses from nine countries are competing in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas, the 30th staging of the annual individual championship.

The nations represented are Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United States from three of the four geographic regions that comprise the World Cup qualifying series–Western Europe, Central Europe and North America. There is no combination from the Pacific League.

The four different leagues have different qualifying criteria–the Western and Central European leagues are determined by points awarded for placings in competitions within their leagues but limited results from shows outside their home leagues.

The North American League is decided on the average of the two best scores–a formula that most participants say they want changed to the same points system as the Europeans weighted to accomodate local needs while the Pacific League is the only region that is decided by a league final usually held in Australia with no regard to scores by riders from the area based elsewhere in the world.

Mikala Gundersen, a Danish rider resident in Florida for the past decade, with My Lady, a Danish Warmblood mare bought by Janne Rumbough, born in Denmark but a U.S. citizen and whose support of dressage in Florida for many years has seen it flourish into a world center. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen, a Danish rider resident in Florida for the past decade, with My Lady, a Danish Warmblood mare bought by Janne Rumbough, born in Denmark but a U.S. citizen and whose support of dressage in Florida for many years has seen it flourish into a world center. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard of Denmark has been competing JoJo AZ at international level for the past year and is appearing in their fiest World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard of Denmark has been competing JoJo AZ at international level for the past year and is appearing in their first World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tehri Stegars and Axis TSF are appearing in their first World Cup Final but have competed for Final as the highest scoring pair on their nation's team at the World Games in 2014 as well as competing in Nations Cups. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tehri Stegars and Axis TSF are appearing in their first World Cup Final but were the highest scoring pair on their nation’s team at the World Games in 2014 as well as competing in Nations Cups. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany and Unee BB are appearing in their second successive World Cup Final. The pair were a reserve for the German team at the 2014 World Games. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany and Unee BB are appearing in their second successive World Cup Final. The pair were a reserve for the German team at the 2014 World Games. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
El Santo NRW is the latest mount for Germany's superstar Isabell Werth to compete in a World Cup Final. Isabell claimed the title at this venue in 2007 on Warum Nicht and on Fabienne in 1992. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
El Santo NRW is the latest mount for Germany’s superstar Isabell Werth to compete in a World Cup Final. Isabell claimed the title at this venue in 2007 on Warum Nicht and on Fabienne in 1992. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Dutch Olympic team medal rider Hans Peter Minderhoud in the first championship with Glock's Flirt. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Dutch Olympic team medal rider Hans Peter Minderhoud in the first championship with Glock’s Flirt. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tatiana Dorofeeva, one of three Russian riders competing in the World Cup Final, with Kartsevo Upperville that she rode at last year's World Games. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tatiana Dorofeeva, one of three Russian riders competing in the World Cup Final, with Kartsevo Upperville that she rode at last year’s World Games. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The flamboyant Mister X ridden by Russia's Inessa Merkulova draws attention wherever the pair compete in Europe, such as last year's World Games in Normandy and the World Cup Final in Lyon. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The flamboyant Mister X ridden by Russia’s Inessa Merkulova draws attention wherever the pair compete in Europe, such as last year’s World Games in Normandy and the World Cup Final in Lyon. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Russia's Elena Sidneva has ridden Romeo Star in the European Championships in 2013 and in their second straight World Cup Final.. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Russia’s Elena Sidneva has ridden Romeo Star in the European Championships in 2013 and in their second straight World Cup Final.. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Paulinda Friberg of Sweden on Di Lapponia T are competing in the first championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Paulinda Friberg of Sweden on Di Lapponia T are competing in their first championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Malin Hamilton comoeted Fleetwood on Sweden's team at the 2013 European Championships and are making their debut at a World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Malin Hamilton competed Fleetwood on Sweden’s team at the 2013 European Championships and are making their debut at a World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com