Together Lars Petersen and Melissa Taylor run Legacy Farms, a world class dressage training operation that includes: training horses to Grand Prix on a consistent day to day basis, breaking and selling super fancy dressage horses, coaching other international riders to meet and exceed their goals in the competition arena. They groom, bath, turnout, train and coach more than 25 horses a day in the summer and almost 50 a day during the winter season. Legacy Farms is a successful operation that together Lars and Melissa build day in and day out with lots of fun positive energy that now comes together in marriage.
Lars, 48 years-old, competed Mariett, a Danish Warmblood mare (Come Back II x Sidney) owned by Marcia Pepper, at the Wellington, Florida CDI5* where the pair beat the top ranked American combination of Steffen Peters and Legolas, in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 78.450%. The prize money allowed a chance to compete in Europe, the Danish Championships and Rotterdam for the first time in a decade ranking him 18th in the world on the 2013 FEI Dressage ranking list.
Melissa, 43 years-old, Grand Prix rider competes but also runs the enormous operation in Loxahatchee. A super coach and rider, she takes care of the farm, the business and the working students. With an amazing amount of energy, Melissa makes sure all the major and minor details are spotted and put to task.
Melissa shared, "As a team, we support each other's riding, help each other's clients, coach each other at the shows, and ride each other's horses."
Married in Telluride, Colorado, Lars and Melissa planned a huge surprise to all during this Christmas holiday. They play hard before a huge 2014 winter dressage season in Wellington, Florida.
The group of friends ski and snowmobile together before heading back to South Florida to prepare horses for 2014.