Denmark’s Lars Petersen, Mikala Gundersen Top Global Dressage Festival Money Winners List, Tina Konyot No. 1 American

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Lars Petersen riding Mariett, the horse that took him to the top of the 2014 Global Dressage Festival Money list, as compiled by dressage-news.com. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen riding Mariett, the horse that took him to the top of the 2014 Global Dressage Festival Money list, as compiled by dressage-news.com. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 31, 2014–Lars Petersen and Mikala Gundersen, both from Denmark and based in Florida, were the top money winners each with more than $40,000 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival that ended its 12-week winter circuit Sunday, while Tina Konyot was the No. 1 American.

Lars earned $47,920 (€34,780) for the top spot while Mikala ended with $42,080 (€30,540) over the season at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex where dressage is staged, according to a compilation of prize money distribution by dressage-news.com.

Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida was the highest earning American with $39,665 (€28,790) in the third spot overall while Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho was fourth on the money leaderboard with earnings of $28,381 (€20,600) and Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida in the fifth spot with $24,888 (€18,067).

Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén, the world’s fifth ranked rider with Don Auriello, was in the sixth spot with earnings of $22,400 (€16,260) from a handful of compettions as she went home early to ride Benetton Dream in a stallion show.

A total of 57 riders from 11 nations shared in the total purse of about $600,000 for the seven CDIs staged by Equestrian Sport Productions from January through the end of March, including CDI5* and CDI4* events. The figures did not include earnings by riders in small tour and the Under-25, junior and young rider divisions.

The overwhelming amount of the prize money earned by each of the top five riders was with their top horses–Lars with Mariett, Mikala with My Lady, Tina and Calecto V, Adrienne and Wizard and Shelly and Doktor.

Tina Konyot having fun on Calecto V and becomingthe top American money earner on the 2014 Global Dressage Festival circuit. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tina Konyot having fun on Calecto V and becomingthe top American money earner on the 2014 Global Dressage Festival circuit. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Not surprisingly, the greatest number of winners, 27, came from the United States, with 16 from Canada, the four riders on the Spanish Nations Cup team made up the third largest group while Germany had two riders in the money, the same number as Denmark with Lars and Mikala.

Countries with individual money winners were Argentina, Australia, Georgia, Italy, Mexico and Sweden.

The Top 20 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Money List
(In U.S. dollars and as calculated by dressage-news.com)
1. Lars Petersen – DEN – $47,920
2. Mikala Gundersen – DEN – $42,080
3. Tina Konyot – USA – $39,665
4. Adrienne Lyle – USA – $28,381
5. Shelly Francis – USA – $24,888
6. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén – SWE – $22,400
7. Diane Creech – CAN – $17,940
8. Jacqueline Brooks – CAN – $15,010
9. Belinda Trussell – CAN – $14,600
10. Cesar Parra – USA – $13,436
11. Catherine Haddad-Staller – USA – $12,258
12. Megan Lane – CAN – 12,040
13. David Marcus – CAN – $11,690
14. Jill Irving – CAN – $11,373
15. Michael Barisone – USA – $9,086
16. Caroline Roffman – USA $8,970
17, Tom Dvorak – CAN – 8,519
18. Susan Dutta – USA – $8,326
19. Karen Pavicic – CAN – $8,050
20. Kelly Layne – AUS – $5,340