Petersen Wins $25,000 Outback Steakhouse-Horses Helping Horses Grand Prix
CONYERS, GA—JUNE 29, 2008—
On Saturday, Derek Petersen of Archer, FL captured his second Outback Steakhouse-Horses Helping Horse Grand Prix aboard Jordan Coyne’s Lazaro, delivering an exciting conclusion to a weekend of giving at week II of the Atlanta Summer Classic.
After a passing rain shower chased away the high temps, 26 teams gathered at the Georgia International Horse Park’s former Olympic stadium to take on the course designed by Allen Rhenheimer. Petersen lead off the class with his own Heaven Bound, who finished with four faults. But he earned a spot in the jump off with two other mounts: Krystal Roe’s Vondergraaf and eventual winner Lazaro.
The first round concluded with 14 teams clear, including Hardin Towell with three horses, among them his own Cotopaxi 2, Kyle King aboard Bonnie Smith’s Tibor, Daniel Geitner with Kyle Register’s Trading Places, Sergio Campos and a new mount Soleil owned by Melissa Rudershausen, and Megan Edrick aboard Kandel, owned by Procedures, Inc.
The first round “was a bit soft, I thought” noted Petersen, but the jump-off was “really a horse race.” Indeed the second round challenged riders with a serpentine route through six tough obstacles
“Lazaro jumped so big and hard at the second jump that I lost a stirrup,” laughed Petersen. “I was riding around to the combination trying to dig for it. Luckily I got it just before the [7a-b] combination.”
Despite the mishap, Lazaro stayed clean–and fast, winning with a jump-off time of 31.76, about half a second faster than second place finisher Towell and Cotoapaxi 2.
“He’s still very young,” said Petersen of the 8-year-old gelding. “This is only his fourth Grand Prix. But he’s going to be the real one—actually, he is already. God has blessed me with another one.”
Rounding out the Grand Prix results were Megan Edrick and Kandel in 3rd place, 4th and 5th went to Kyle King aboard Tibor and the Cimarron Farm-owned Paola, respectively, and 6th was Monkey du Parc with owner Dianna Rodolpho in the irons.