Lars Petersen wins the Hamburg Derby

Written by Betsy LaBelle - In Dressage - Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Hamburg Derby has been known as the dressage competition where the top three winning riders in the Grand Prix, trade their horses (second string horses in this case) to see who is the best rider of the three.

On the first day of competition held Thursday, May 29, 2014, Minna Telde riding Santana -Hanoverian (Sandro Hit x Rubinstein) from Sweden won the CDI4 with a score of 73.875 percent. This was the one class to decide the qualifications for the Grand Prix Special, or Grand Prix Kür and Deutschen Dressur-Derby with the three top riders changing horses for the remainder of the weekend.

Second Place went to Mikala Münter Gundersen, riding My Lady, a Danish Warmblood (Michellino x Itterstern) from Denmark, owned by Janne H. Rumbough and Mikala Münter Gundersen but currently living in Wellington, Florida. The pair scored a 71.700 percent.

2014 Hamburg Derby Scoreboard Photo: Melissa Taylor

Lars Petersen riding Mariett, a Danish Warmblood (Come Back x Sidney) owned by Marcia Pepper and Lars Petersen, scored a 70.000 percent to take the third place spot.

The second day of competion Saturday, May 31, 2014,  Münter Gundersen and  Telde opted to ride in the Grand Prix Special in the morning, whereas Petersen chose the Grand Prix Kür in the evening.  In first place was Telde  riding Santana, who scored a 73.922 percent while Münter Gundersen riding My Lady scored a 71.412 percent. That evening in the Musical Kür, Lars Petersen and Mariett scored a 75.375 percent for the top spot.

On the final day, Sunday, June 1, 2014.  the riders rode a shorter version of the Grand Prix test on their horse and then all three riders changed horses to ride the same test. Each rider had their second string horses for this class:  Petersen rode Willano,  Münter Gundersen rode Capri, and  Telde rode Deinhardt. Then they all changed horses.

Petersen won the Final Test for the Hamburg Derby with a score of 3694, Münter Gundersen placed second with a score of 3658, and  Telde took third with a score of 3590.

Lars Petersen on Willano at the 2014 Hamburg Derby Photo: Melissa Taylor

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Marcia Pepper (Owner of Mariett) and Lars Petersen at the 2014 Hamburg Derby Photo: Melissa Taylor