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Lars Petersen - DEN

Lars Petersen represented Denmark at the pinnacle of competitive dressage for more than 10 years, including at the Olympic Games, two World Equestrian Games, three World Cup Finals, and two Continental Championships. He was also named Danish National Champion five times.

Through his successes with Blue Hors Cavan, Lars achieved the position of #2 in the FEI World Rankings. The following year, Lars and Blue Hors Cavan were the Reserve Champion at the 2002 World Cup final in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, and also competed at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, where they finished 10th individually. That same year, Lars moved to the United States where he initially was based in Virginia and now operates from Loxahatchee, Florida, just outside of Wellington with Melissa Taylor and Legacy Farms. In 2014, Lars and Mariett earned win-after-win during the winter show season in South Florida and he swept the prestigious Hamburg Derby in Germany with a 75.275 percent in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In 2015, he continued his domination at the Grand Prix level at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and qualified for the 2015 Reem Acra World Cup Dressage Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada, for his home country of Denmark.

Lars is considered a Master at dressage, as demonstrated by the number of horses he has trained from young horse to Grand Prix and his innate talent for developing a horse into a world-class Grand Prix competitor. His ability to help each horse reach its full potential is proven again and again with his success in the show ring. As one client has stated, “Lars could make a camel piaffe!”. A dedicated horseman, Lars inspires confidence in all the horses he trains and competes. His horsemanship and work ethic are unparalleled. He begins his day before dawn to school his training horses before dedicating the rest of the day to his students. His horsemanship is incomparable, as shown by the longevity of his horses’ competition careers. His love and understanding for each horse is demonstrated in and around the farm, and the horse always comes first.