Lars Petersen and Mariett Beat the Heat to Take Another Grand Prix Win at AGDF 9 Palm Beach Dressage Derby

Written by Adequan® Global Dressage Festival - In Dressage - Friday, March 6, 2015

Lars Petersen and Mariett at the 2015 CDI at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Photo: SusanJStickle

Lars Petersen (DEN) and the always-incredible Mariett topped another FEI Grand Prix in 2015, winning the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Week 9 Palm Beach Dressage Derby FEI CDI-W Grand Prix presented by Everglades Dressage. The humid weather played a major role in the outcome of performances, as the temperature was well into the 80's by early morning. Petersen and Mariett topped the class with a 72.960%, followed by Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades in second with a 72.200%, and Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor rounding out the top three receiving a 72.120%. The competitive class saw the top four riders all within one percentage point of each other. Tomorrow's highlight class, the "Friday Night Stars" FEI Grand Prix Musical Freestyle, presented by Everglades Dressage, will begin at 7 pm.

Petersen and Mariett have had a stellar season so far as they aim toward the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas this April. They continue to show their consistency as each competition week passes, clearly in their best form to date. "She did everything I asked, which was good. She was definitely more tired today than in the past which made this test different from our previous rides," Petersen noted.Lars Petersen and Mariett in their winning presentation Photo:

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The hot weather did impact the duo, as they were in the last five rides in the class, right in the heat of the afternoon, as was Laura Graves and Verdades. "Today it was very hot. I was happy with her because I warmed up for a little bit too long considering the heat, and I had to work for it a little bit today," said Petersen.

Graves agreed with Petersen and commented that the humid afternoon impacted Verdades test as well. "We definitely felt very similar to what Lars was saying. We felt super tired, and it was not ideal conditions. We're very used to going early in the morning when it's a bit cooler," she said.

Graves and Verdades are testing the competition waters for the first time this 2015 season after their impressive performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Caen, France, this past August with Team USA. The duo, who placed fifth individually in the Grand Prix Freestyle at WEG, are looking forward to another successful year of competition, as they too aim for World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.Laura Graves and Verdades Photo:

"He tried really hard for me today and we had a few rider errors, which is on me getting back into the swing of competing again, riding the whole test and finding the rhythm," she remarked. "We're going to do the World Cup qualifier next week and then we will see. There's been some discussion about maybe coming out for Nation's Cup, but that's yet to be determined. Making it to World Cup Finals is a priority. We would love to go to Vegas and hopefully we'll get there with scores tomorrow night in the Freestyle and next week."

Both pairs will contest the "Friday Night Stars" FEI Grand Prix Freestyle tomorrow night, which will make for an extremely exciting class with a great atmosphere. Petersen continues to dominate the series with several wins, but Graves and Verdades have the scores to make for a very interesting night of competition under the lights.

AGDF competition will continue tomorrow with the completion of the large FEI Prix St. Georges class presented by Peacock Ridge and the highlight "Friday Night Stars" FEI Grand Prix Freestyle class presented by Everglades Dressage. For more information on the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival please visit

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

1. Lars Petersen (DEN), Mariett, 1998 Danish Warmblood mare owned by Marcia Pepper, Come Back II x Zendi x Sidney: 74.400%, 70.700%, 74.300% 71.500%, 73.900%, 72.960%

2. Laura Graves (USA), Verdades 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by rider, Florett As x Liwilarda x Goya: 67.500%, 73.400%, 72.800%, 72.000%, 75.300%, 72.200%

3. Shelly Francis (USA), Doktor, 2003 Oldenburg gelding owned by Patricia Stempel, Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I: 71.000%, 71.100%, 75.500%, 70.000%, 73.000%, 72.120%

4. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE), Divertimento, 2002 Westphalian gelding owned by Lövsta Stuteri, Di Versace x Fatima x Farragamo: 71.300%, 72.300%, 72.500%, 71.100%, 73.300%, 72.100%

5. Mikala Gundersen (DEN), My Lady, 2000 Danish Warmblood mare owned by Janne Rumbough, Michellino x Marion x Ritterstern: 72.800%, 70.800%, 71.600%, 70.800%, 71.900%, 71.580%

6. Lisa Wilcox (USA), Pikko del Cerro HU, 2003 Hanoverian stallion owned by Horses Unlimited, Pik L x Rohweena x Rohdiamont: 70.600%, 68.700%, 70.400%, 70.200%, 73.800%, 70.740%

7. Christoph Koschel (GER), Tiesto, 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Hof Beckerode GMBH, Gribaldi x Nadie x Ferro: 70.500%, 70.200%, 70.000%, 70.000%, 72.000%, 70.540%

8. Catherine Haddad-Staller (USA), Mane Stream Hotmail, 2002 Oldenburg gelding owned by Rowan O'Riley, Michellino x Rederna x Havel: 68.600%, 69.100%, 71.400%, 69.600%, 69.800%, 69.700%