Lars Petersen and Mariett Collect Another Top Prize at AGDF 5 CDI 4*
Lars Petersen (DEN) and Mariett have become familiar faces in the winner's circle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), and Thursday evening was no exception. Petersen topped the FEI Grand Prix 4* presented by The Dutta Corp. with Marcia Pepper's 16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare with a score of 70.960%. For his win in Thursday's class, Petersen was also presented with the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style Award. Adrienne Lyle was the top finishing American rider, finishing second with Wizard on a score of 69.600%. Mikala Munter Gundersen (DEN) and My Lady rounded out the top three with their score of 69.460%. Petersen's win kicked off competition for the AGDF 5 CDI 4*/3* competition, presented by The Dutta Corp. and Havensafe Farm, which runs through February 9 at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The feature class for the week will be the "Friday Night Stars" FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 4* presented by The Dutta Corp. (7-9 pm) and 3* (3:20-5:20 pm) in the afternoon and evening of Friday, January 7.
Petersen admitted that while they topped the class today, it was not the best test he and Mariett have executed. "She was very hot today. I don't think I've ever had her that hot! She really wanted to go, so there were [a few mistakes] here and there, but overall, you know what, when they get a little older and they want to go like that, that's actually a good thing," Petersen remarked.
Petersen has high hopes for Mariett, who he hopes to compete with at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games for his home country of Denmark before potentially changing his citizenship to the United States in 2015. With such a strong start to 2014, Petersen will be carefully choosing which CDIs to contest with the mare.
"She's going to do two more shows and that's it. She's done enough," Petersen noted.
Having an experienced partner affords Petersen the ability to give Mariett plenty of well-deserved time off, since there's no need for much more than a tune-up in between shows.
"When they get older, and they know everything, it's not so much like you're drilling things every single day. If you're smart, it doesn't have to be harder to go to a show. Actually, it's less [difficult], often. It's keeping them happy and supple and in condition," Petersen detailed.
Final Results: FEI Grand Prix 4*, presented by The Dutta Corp.
Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%
1 Lars Petersen, DEN, Mariett: 70.500%, 71.400%, 70.900%, 70.500%, 71.500%, 70.960%
2 Adrienne Lyle, USA, Wizard: 66.900%, 72.400%, 68.000%, 72.400%, 68.300%, 69.600
3 Mikala Munter Gundersen, DEN, My Lady: 68.700%, 68.900%, 69.700%, 70.200%, 69.800%, 69.460%
4 Shelly Francis, USA, Doktor: 68.200%, 69.500%, 69.400%, 68.300%, 70.800%, 69.240%
5 David Marcus, CAN, Chrevi's Capital: 68.00%, 70.200%, 69.200%, 68.200%, 68.100%, 68.740%
6 Karen Pavicic, CAN, Don Daiquiri: 68.900%, 71.200%, 67.600%, 65.900%, 69.900%, 68.700%
7 Cesar Parra, USA, Van the Man: 68.000%, 69.400%, 66.900%, 66.000%, 70.200%, 68.100%
8 Jacqueline M. Brooks, CAN, D Niro: 67.200%, 68.200%, 66.100%, 68.300, 67.300%, 67.420%