West Palm Beach, FL - Danish Olympic dressage star Lars Petersen rode away the winner of the FEI Prix St. Georges Open class aboard Willano at the Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Petersen and Willano, a Danish warmblood owned by the Global Dressage partnership, earned top honors in the class sponsored by The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Ocala and were awarded a beautiful wool dress sheet from The Sanctuary as well as a $100 gift certificate to the world-class center.
“Willano is a really, really fabulous horse,” said Petersen, the head trainer at Legacy Farms in White Fences. “It was his first Prix St. Georges class and I was really happy with him.”
Petersen has a lengthy and noteworthy dressage career, including being named the Danish National Champion five times and represented Denmark at the Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games, two World Cup Finals and three Continental Championships. Since moving to the United States, Petersen has continued to earn an impressive record at some of the most prestigious shows in the country.
“Lars has really made his mark on the dressage world and we are thrilled that he won a class we were sponsoring,” said Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary. “We are looking forward to assisting Lars with any of his dressage horses he brings to The Sanctuary. We are well aware of the physical demands put on dressage horses and we have the technology to keep dressage horses competing at their peak.”
The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center is a multi-million dollar facility dedicated to the healing, conditioning and well being of all equine athletes. “The Sanctuary features some of the most advanced conditioning and rehab equipment in the world,” McDuffee said. “Our conditioning and rehab equipment helps equine athletes in all disciplines stay fit, avoid injury, and recover faster and more completely from injuries they might experience when competing in intense and physically demanding sports.”
The Sanctuary is home to an Equine Hyperbaric Chamber with box stall type freedom of movement, as well as an Aqua Pacer Water Treadmill, the safest, most effective water treadmill available. The Sanctuary also features: a Cold Saltwater Leg Spa featuring 34 degree, highly salinated water for all types of leg therapy; an Equine Swimming Pool – a 110 foot long, 14 foot deep inline pool with therapeutic water; a 5/8 mile race track; two Eurocisers with therapeutic tracking surface - one under cover and one outdoors; Solariums; Temperature-controlled veterinary inspection area with semi-surgical lighting, and rubberized surfaces in most areas.
For more information on The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, visit their website at www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com.