Lars Petersen and Mariett Earn Victory at Palm Beach Dressage Derby FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Everglades Dressage

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Wellington, FL – March 5, 2016 – Lars Petersen (DEN) and long-time mount Mariett proved they have hit their stride at the right point during the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) circuit, taking a commanding win in the Palm Beach Dressage Derby FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Everglades Dressage, with a score of 78.025%. Competition at AGDF continues tomorrow with the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W, presented by Today’s Equestrian and Diane and George Fellows, along with the second annual Palm Beach Dressage Derby class beginning at 1 p.m.

Fellow Danish rider Mikala Gundersen and My Lady finished in second with a 75.700%, while Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar represented the United States in third place, receiving a 73.450%.

Lars Petersen and Mariett

Lars Petersen and Mariett

Petersen and Mariett have been working towards their big score all season long, as Petersen has discussed getting back into a rhythm with the 1998 Danish Warmblood mare (Comeback II x Zendi). After enjoying most of the 2015 season off after AGDF competition concluded, Petersen and Mariett seem to be peaking at the right point in time as Danish riders are still looking to fill their four-member squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The pair performed a balanced and energetic test, which judge at C, Gary Rockwell (USA), commented may have been the best freestyle routine he’s ever seen the pair perform. Petersen was quick to praise the seemingly ageless mare on her efforts in the ring, which earned them a score near the 80% mark.

“It always feels good to win. This was two weeks in a row for her to show and it’s, I think on all of the horses, a lot, but she was really fresh,” said Petersen. “It was a fun night.”

“For Mariett, it’s very important that she stays fresh. That is my main goal with her. She’s not the easiest horse in the world, but tonight, you know, I’ve had some good tests this season and more not so good. I was just determined,” continued Petersen.

It is always a question of how Petersen keeps Mariett in such fine shape to compete and his plan is very simple: keep her loose and keep her happy. Detailing his preparation this week, it is clear that the more relaxed Mariett stays throughout the week, the better she performs.

“Last Saturday she had off. Sunday she hacked out. Monday and Tuesday we rode her in the field. Wednesday we jogged and then on Thursday, Melissa, my wife, and I did a little bit of test riding on her before and that was it since the last week. She’s just been kept loose and happy. There’s not too much more I can teach her, I don’t think,” he explained.

Mikala Gundersen and My Lady

Mikala Gundersen and My Lady

Gundersen and My Lady have dominated the circuit again this season, but their test tonight could not match the fellow Danish combination of Petersen and Mariett. Gundersen opened up about a moment of distraction, which led her to forget the first moments of her test.
“The pilot didn’t remember where to go tonight. I started going the wrong way, and I lost my focus a little bit. I was not riding the way I normally ride the test and I will say that,” commented Gundersen. “On the other hand, I’m so proud of this second place. I’m really happy that Lars won tonight. It was so important that he got a really good score tonight, as we’re still trying to get the fourth spot for the Olympics. I’m very happy for my second place tonight.”

Originally vying for a position in the FEI World Cup Finals competition to be hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden, in April, Gundersen announced that she and My Lady will forego the opportunity to compete in the competition, and instead turn their sights to Rio de Janeiro.

“I had a long talk with my trainer last night and we’ve decided that, while originally we were trying to qualify for the FEI World Cup Finals, we will not go. We’re going to try to focus on earning a spot on the Danish team for the Olympics,” expressed Gundersen, when asked about her upcoming plans with My Lady. “We want to save Lady for that. Now that we’ve changed our plans for that, I may come back to ride the last CDI here for the Grand Prix Special, because we have not done one yet this season.”

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar

Judge at C, Gary Rockwell (USA), who will also sit on the panel for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, noted the several combinations that seemed to struggle in the nighttime atmosphere, but praised Petersen for his accurate and forward ride.

“I was a little surprised that a lot of horses were electric tonight and it’s pretty far into the season. It seemed to have been a really electric atmosphere tonight,” commented Rockwell. “I was very pleased though with Lars’ ride. I thought it may be one of the best tests I’ve ever seen him do with this horse. He made so many wonderful transitions, which we love to reward when we see them. He pulled them off tonight very well, and to me, it was a very quality win.”

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby is a staple for the dressage community each season, and has been a part of the winter circuit in south Florida for nearly three decades. Everglades Dressage is a key sponsor in the success of the AGDF circuit. Representative Endel Ots sat on the press conference panel to discuss the importance of dressage in Wellington.

“Everglades Dressage, with Bethany and Rose Peslar, have sponsored dressage here in Florida for two decades and to sponsor the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is super important to them. They want to continue to support the sport and the riders here every year,” noted Ots.

Title sponsor Adequan® has brought the competition to new heights in 2016 and continues to play a major role in the overall success and growth of the largest dressage circuit in the western hemisphere.

“I really enjoyed the fans (in the grandstand). As the riders were going down and acknowledging the applause, and it really was like a wave of applause. How cool is that to see? We are just thrilled that we can have a little piece in making this a special place for dressage in this country and the world,” noted Allyn Mann, representative for title sponsor Adequan®.

Lars Petersen and Mariett in their presentation ceremony with groom Mallory Brown, Mary Anne McPhail, Walter McPhail, Patrick Roggenbau, Bethany Peslar of Everglades Dressage, Endel Ots of Everglades Dressage, judge Gary Rockwell (USA), Marcia Pepper, and Allyn Mann of Adequan®.

Lars Petersen and Mariett in their presentation ceremony with groom Mallory Brown, Mary Anne McPhail, Walter McPhail, Patrick Roggenbau, Bethany Peslar of Everglades Dressage, Endel Ots of Everglades Dressage, judge Gary Rockwell (USA), Marcia Pepper, and Allyn Mann of Adequan®.

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Everglades Dressage
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %

1. Lars Petersen (DEN), Mariett, 1998 Danish Warmblood mare by Comeback II x Zendi x Sidney owned by Lars Petersen and Marcia Pepper: 74.500%, 78.375%, 78.875%, 79.250%, 79.125%, 78.025%

2. Mikala Gundersen (DEN), My Lady, 2000 Danish Warmblood mare by Michellino x Marion x Ritterstern owned by Janne Rumbough: 76.875%, 77.000%, 74.125%, 74.625%, 75.875%, 75.700%

3. Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA), Alcazar, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Contango x Polina x Ferro owned by Jane Forbes Clark: 73.250%, 72.000%, 73.625%, 73.750%, 74.625%, 73.250%

4. Jacqueline Brooks (CAN), D Niro, 1999 Swedish Warmblood gelding by D Day x Alitalia x Napolean 625 owned by Brookhaven Dressage Inc.: 72.125%, 71.125%, 72.750%, 70.875%, 70.750%, 71.525%

5. Chris Von Martels (CAN), Divertimento, 2002 Westphalian gelding by Di Versace x Fatima x Farragmo owned by Lovsta Stuteri: 70.000%, 68.250%, 70.000%, 71.875%, 71.000%, 70.225%

6. Charlotte Jorst (USA), Kastels Akeem Foldager, 2002 Danish Warmblood gelding by Akinos x Lobelia Foldager x Loran owned by Charlotte Jorst: 70.125%, 71.750%, 66.625%, 71.000%, 71.500%, 70.200%

7. Evi Strasser (CAN), Renaissance Tyme, 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Royal Diamant x Valencia x Dream of Heidelberg owned by Evi Strasser: 68.500%, 70.875%, 69.250%, 70.125%, 69.000%, 69.550%

8. Ricardo Wallenstein (POR), Ben Me Quer, 2006 Lusitano stallion by Malmequer x N-Rola x Urco owned by Lusitano Academy: 67.500%, 68.625%, 68.375%, 67.875%, 67.625%, 68.000%

Final Results: FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle, presented by Peacock Ridge Farm
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge B%, Total %

1. Juan Matute, Jr. (ESP) Dhannie Ymas, 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Don Crusador x Welina owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L.: 74.500%, 73.625%, 76.625%, 74.917%

2. Katharina Stumpf (AUT), For My Love, 2001 Hanoverian gelding by For Feeling x Escudine x Escudo I owned by Katharina Stumpf: 72.625%, 69.500%, 72.625%, 71.583%

3. Christer Egerstrom (CRC), Bello Oriente, 2004 Oldenburg gelding by Belissimo M x Maradonna x Donnerhall owned by Christer Egerstrom: 68.875%, 69.250%, 71.375%, 69.833%

4. Yvonne de Haan (NED), Winter, 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Farrington x Tess x Flemmingh owned by Jack de Haan: 68.250%, 67.875%, 67.375%, 67.833%

5. Amy Bock (USA), Walk the Line, 2006 Oldenburg gelding by World of Dreams x Heinira x De Niro owned by Amy Bock: 68.000%, 67.750%, 65.875%, 67.208%

6. Rikke Poulsen (DEN), Pikk Elena HU, 2005 American Hanoverian mare by Pik L x Donatela x Don Primero owned by Horses Unlimited: 65.375%, 65.875%, 64.750%, 65.333%

7. Sarah Stanuschewski (GER), Lertigo Tyme, 2002 Hanoverian gelding by Lancier x Greafin Bahr x Graf Lehndorf ownd by Evi Strasser: 61.250%, 62.750%, 61.000%, 61.667%

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