Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen & Leonberg Win WEG Test Event Grand Prix Special

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Bonny Bonnello of Canada, Mikala Munter Gundersen of Denmark and Pierre St. Jacques of USA on Grand Prix Special awards podium at WEG test event. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Bonny Bonnello of Canada, Mikala Munter Gundersen of Denmark and Pierre St. Jacques of USA on Grand Prix Special awards podium at WEG test event. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Apr. 21–Mikala Munter Gundersen and the 16-year-old stallion Leonberg won the Grand Prix Special at the World Equestrian Games Test Event Wednesday, and confirmed plans to go to Europe to compete for a place on the Danish team in hopes of returning to Kentucky for the real WEG.

Mikala, a 42-year-old mother of two children who is based in Wellington, Florida, posted a score of 70.792 per cent that made up for a sub-par performance in Tuesday’s Grand Prix when she had to change the Leonberg’s bit midway through the warm up.

Bonny Bonnello, the 59-year-old from Calgary, Alberta, turned in another outstanding ride on Pikardi to score 70.292 per cent and add to her excitement at qualifying for the Canadian funded tour of Europe for two months that will include the shows at Wiesbaden, Lingen, Rotterdam and Aachen. Pierre St. Jacques of Anthony, Florida, on his Pan American Games team gold medal horse Lucky Tiger was third and the highest finishing American with 69.333 per cent.

Mikala said her experience at Kentucky competing at the U.S. Young Horse Championships had made her excited to come back to see the changes created for the WEG.

“I couldn’t wait to come back to Kentucky,” she said, “so if I don’t make it back here (for the Danish team) in the Fall, I can get the t-shirt.”

Bonny might have finished first if she hadn’t performed an incorrect movement late in the test, an error for which each of the five judges must deduct two points from their score for that movement.

“Robert Dover will never speak to me again if I do that again,” Bonny said of the Canadian coach.

Pikardi gets better and stronger with every competition ride that she said is giving both of them more confidence as they head to Europe to compete.

She has not competed in Europe since the 1980s, when she made her first Canadian team for the 1980 alternate Olympics in Goodwood, England and the world championships in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1982. She also competed at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the world championships in Toronto in 1986.

PS: Mikala Gundersen showing off her multitasking skills–passaging Leonberg in the victory gallop while talking to Photographer 97 (Ken Braddick of dressage-news.com). Photo courtesy of Brittany Hannah.

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FEI Grand Prix Special
E: Seefried H: Macartney C: Foy M: Bredahl B: Zang
Rider Horse E H C M B Total % Pl.
Gundersen, Mikala Munter Leonberg 351 336 333 331 348 1699 70.792% 1
Bonnello, Bonny Pikardi 333 340 341 323 350 1687 70.292% 2
St Jacques, Pierre Lucky Tiger 328 332 333 327 344 1664 69.333% 3
Harding, Shawna Come On III 327 331 338 335 321 1652 68.833% 4
Hannigan, Jane D. Maksymilian 326 315 317 327 332 1617 67.375% 5
Shimoni, Oded Granada 310 310 320 322 331 1593 66.375% 6
Winter, Victoria Proton 309 320 318 315 320 1582 65.917% 0
Petersen, Lars Beemer 311 314 320 309 327 1581 65.875% 0
Brooks, Jacqueline Gran Gesto 315 318 310 308 320 1571 65.458% 0
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne Optimus Prime 314 317 301 298 304 1534 63.917% 0
Page, Arlene F. Alina 307 307 299 310 309 1532 63.833% 0
Creech, Diane Wiona 299 302 300 301 300 1502 62.583% 0
Schlonsok, Nadine Ikaros 302 299 295 297 298 1491 62.125% 0
Reteguiz-Denizard, Luis Nalando 293 292 291 304 295 1475 61.458% 0
Busse, Ute Lindor’s Finest 285 294 297 295 282 1453 60.542% 0
Bernal, Marco Halbgott 284 291 280 281 300 1436 59.833% 0