Lars Petersen of Denmark riding Dacardo for owner Melissa Taylor Yee won the FEI Intermediaire I at the Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic in Wellington, Florida, today, topping a field of 15 horses. The victory gave Petersen a clean sweep of his small tour at the show with the seven-year-old, 16.3-hand gray Swedish gelding by D-Day out of Azisterne. The pair won the FEI Prix St. Georges yesterday with a score of 69.375% and came back today to claim victory in the I-I with a score of 70.500%.
Going early in the class, Dominique Culham of Caledon East Ontario, Canada, riding her own Matisse, held the early lead with a score of 67.625%, but the pair had to settle for the second place ribbon in the final tally. Two riders tied for the third place ribbon – Carla De Falco of Wellington riding her own Gionso, and Marco Bernal of Colombia riding Halbgott, a Trahkener stallion he owns with Lumar Equestrian – with both riders earning 66.750%.
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