Articles: Press Release
Lars Petersen And Dansko's Success Win Grand Prix at 3rd Annual Dressage
At The National At The 121st National Horse Show & Family Festival
Lars Petersen and Dansko's Success
Photo by Ken Braddick
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
WELLINGTON, FL - December 3, 2004 - Denmark's Lars Petersen, 39, of
Wellington, Florida, aboard his long-time partner Dansko's Success
successfully defended his Grand Prix title at the 3rd Annual Dressage At
The National At The 121st National Horse Show & Family Festival today.
Petersen earned a score of 72.292% from judges Lorraine MacDonald and
Jeanne McDonald to top a class of 12 horses. Katherine Bateson aboard
Rainier owned by Jane Clark placed second with 68.958%. Jans Brons
earned the third place ribbon aboard Jourdan. Petersen, who won the
Grand Prix at last year's Dressage At The National was pleased with his
second consecutive victory at this show. "It feels good," Petersen
beamed. "It always feels good to win!"
Dansko's Success is in his second year of competing in the Grand Prix
and has only shown the test five times, including last year's win at
Dressage At The National where he made his debut at this level. He
followed that win with victories in the Winter Equestrian Festival CDIs,
and then on to clinch the Grand Prix honors at this year's Dressage At
Devon. "I thought he was good today," said Petersen. "He hasn't shown
since Devon so I was very happy with him. He's a very hot horse and at
Devon he was very fresh - too fresh, so I was a little bit worried for
here, but he was good. He stayed with me. I was really happy."
Dansko's Success is a 17-hand, 10-year-old gray Danish warmblood by the
Trakehner stallion Silver Moon out of a World Cup I mare. He put in a
solid, obedient, and harmonious test today, showing fluid gaits and
precise performance of the movements. Petersen was most pleased by his
horse's execution of the Grand Prix trademark moves. "I was really
happy with my piaffe/passage tour and my tempis today," noted Petersen.
"That was just easy to ride." He has trained Dansko's Success up the
levels to Grand Prix, but without attempting to adjust the horse's hot
temperament. "I like to keep him hot, but controllable, of course,"
Petersen smiled. "I like hot horses." But he said Dansko's Success is
relaxing on his own with age. "He's getting better. He was a lot hotter
when he was young."
Petersen says he will not compete in the 2005 World Cup Dressage Final
in Las Vegas in April, but he is considering a trip to Europe. "If
everything goes well, I'd like to go to Europe and try for the European
Championships," he said. He noted that he is not planning as far ahead
as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He will next compete Dansko's Success
in tomorrow's Grand Prix Special at Dressage At the National.
The 121st National Horse Show & Family Festival runs through Sunday,
December 5. More than 500 of the nation's top horses are competing in
hunters, jumpers, equitation and dressage for more than half a million
dollars in total prize money. Upcoming attractions on Saturday, December
4, include the Children's Fair from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM sponsored by
Wellington Show Stables, Lenehan Builders, Barbara Conners, and
Alexandra Pozzo; the Taste of Wellington from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM; and
The I.V. Technologies, Inc. Ladies' Side Saddle Over Fences and Hack
For more information about the 121st National Horse Show & Family
Festival, write to National Horse Show, PO Box 386, Greenvale, NY 11548.
E-mail: NationalHS@aol.com; Phone: (516) 484-1865; Fax: (516) 484-1982.