Lars Petersen Back on Top of Global Dressage Festival Money Earning Rankings

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Shelly Francis on Doktor in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Shelley is the top money earning American on the Global circuit. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Shelly Francis on Doktor in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Shelley is the top money earning American on the Global circuit. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 16, 2015–Lars Petersen, the Florida-based Danish Olympian, moved back to the top of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival rankings of prize money earned heading into the final week of the richest non-championship dressage circuit in the world.

Lars added enough from riding Mariett in the fourth Global World Cup event last week to boost his total for the circuit to $59,860 and $11,940 more than the $47,920 he won as the top money earner in 2014, according to the standings compiled by dressage-news.com and presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock insurance.

Mikala Gundersen, also based in Florida who was a Danish team mate of Lars at the World Games last summer, dropped to second place from the top spot with earnings  unchanged from the previous ranking of $57,065, $14,985 higher than her total for 2014 when she placed second in the standings.

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida was the highest ranked American on the money list with earnings of $35,385
 so far with one international event to come on the Global circuit, the finale week featuring the Nations Cup at the end of March.

Steffen Peters of San Diego, California in the fifth spot with $28,320 and amateur rider Kasey Perry of Orangevale, California in the 10th spot are the only other Americans in the top 10.

Germany’s Christoph Koschel ranks No. 4 with $28,360, Karen Pavicic of Canada at sixth place with $27,895, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén of Sweden at seventh with $23,400, Canada’s Belinda Trussell eighth on $20,840 and 
José Daniel Martín Dockx of Spain ninth with $20,100.

Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida has made $12,300 after just two shows as she seeks selection for the World Cup Final in Las Vegas a month from now.

More than $650,000 was offered for the seven CDIs in the Global circuit, extending from the Grand Prix down to youth riders.

The 17-year-old Juan Matute, Jr. who is based in Wellington but rides under the Spanish flag, has earned $14,025. Canada’s Tanya Strasser-Shostak, Americans Barbara Davis, 

Chase Hickok and Asia Ondaatje Rupert and Felicitas Hendricks of Germany are other youth riders to have made it into the top 60 money earners.

The Global Dressage Festival prize winning list is compiled by dressage-news.com, and is not an official ranking. The list is presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, an equestrian insurance agency.

RANK RIDER NATION $ TOP 60 (as of Mar. 15, 2015)
1. Lars Petersen DEN 59,860
2. Mikala Gundersen DEN 57,065
3. Shelly Francis USA 35,385
4. Christoph Koschel GER 28,360
5. Steffen Peters USA 28,320
6. Karen Pavicic CAN 27,895
7. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén SWE 23,400
8. Belinda Trussell CAN 20,840
9. José Daniel Martín Dockx ESP 20,100
10. Kasey Perry USA 16,795
11. Lisa Wilcox USA 16,210
12. Charlotte Jorst USA 15,595
13. Juan Matute, Jr. ESP 14,025
14. Kathleen Raine USA 14,000
15. Jacqueline Brooks CAN 13,135
16. Laura Graves USA 12,300
17. Arlene Page USA 11,130
18. Megan Lane CAN 8,240
19. Susan Dutta USA 7,200
20. Kelly Layne AUS 6.770
21. Catherine Haddad-Staller USA 6,140
22. Michael Klimke GER 5,480
23. Jill Irving CAN 5,020
24. Kimberly Herslow USA 4,960
25. Allison Brock USA 4,480
26. Michael Barisone USA 4,400
27. Caroline Darcourt SWE 4,300
28. Diane Creech CAN 4,160
29-T. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz USA 4,030
29-T. Tina Irwin CAN 4,030
31. Silva Martin USA 3,750
32. Chris Von Martels CAN 3,700
33. Ashley Holzer CAN 3,520
34. Carrie Schopf ARM 3,080
35. Katharina Stumpf AUT 3,000
36. Anna Marek USA 2,920
37. Devon Kane USA 2,900
38. Katherine Bateson-Chandler 2,700
39. Christilot Boylen CAN 2,460
40. Cesar Parra USA 2,140
41. Heather Blitz USA 2,050
42. Shannon Dueck CAN 2,020
43. Lauren Sammis USA 1,970
44. Janne Rumbough USA 1,880
45. Tina Konyot USA 1,870
46. Gabriela Stumpf AUT 1,800
47.
 Adrienne Pot USA 1,730
48. Sharon McCusker USA 1,630
49.
 Alice Tarjan USA 1,620
50. Mary Bahniuk-Lauritsen USA 1,470
51-T. Laura Tomlinson GBR 1,200
51-T. Sylvia Gugler USA 1,200
53. Danielle Gallagher-Legriff CAN 1,090
54. Chase Hickok USA 1,000
55. Dawn White-O’Connor USA 980
56. Tanya Strasser-Shostak CAN 940
57. Barbara Davis USA 920
58. Lara Griffith GBR 910
59. Karin Persson SWE 900
60-T. Felicitas Hendricks GER 820
60-T. Asia Ondaatje Rupert USA 820
60-T. Brittany Fraser CAN 820