Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen & My Lady Post Personal Best Score to Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix

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Mikala Gundersen on My Lady at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival on the way to a personal best Grand Prix score. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen on My Lady at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival on the way to a personal best Grand Prix score. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 27, 2015–In final preparation before their second straight World Cup Final appearance, Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen and My Lady posted a personal best score to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Friday.

The result for Mikala and the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare of 73.380 per cent surpassed the previous high of 73.120 per cent at this same Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium complex a year ago.

It was the third victory in the last five starts during the winter circuit that includes seven CDIs over 12 weeks and puts the pair close to the top of the money leaderboard with almost $60,000 earned.

Lisa Wilcox of Wellington on Denzello was second on 72.160 per cent and Arlene “Tuny” Page was third on 71.840 per cent on Woodstock and fourth on 71.700 per cent on Alina.

Mikala, who with her jumper husband Henrik, has been based in Wellington for the past decade works with Ernst Hoyes but during his absence has been helped by her husband, though on Friday it was owner Janne Rumbough, herself a dresage Grand  Prix rider, who was eyes on the ground during the warmup.

“She was like butter in my hands,” said Mikala of the black mare that she rode for Denmark at last year’s World Games. “She was so supple. It gives me confidence going to the World Cup Final.”

Mikala plans to take My Lady to the CDI5* in Aachen, Germany in May then compete at the Danish championships two weeks later seeking to be selected for Danish Nations Cup team at Rotterdam in June.

The goal, she said, is to make the Danish team for the European Championships in Aachen in August where the dressage will be in the 45,000-seat main stadium as it was during the 2006 World Games.

“We’ve already accomplished so much this year, whatever comes now we’ll just take and be happy,” she said.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix
E: Lopes – POR H: Foy – USA C: Armando – ARG M: Torrente – COL B: Zang – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 71.300 2 76.100 1 72.600 2 74.100 1 72.800 2 73.380 1
Wilcox, Lisa USA Denzello 70.500 4 72.400 3 71.700 5 72.200 4 74.000 1 72.160 2
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 72.100 1 71.900 4 70.100 7 72.500 2 72.600 3 71.840 3
Page, Arlene USA Alina 70.600 3 73.400 2 72.000 4 70.600 6 71.900 4 71.700 4
Griffith, Lara GBR Rubin Al Asad 67.700 8 71.300 5 72.700 1 71.400 5 68.000 9 70.220 5
Bateson Chandler, Kathrine USA Alcazar 65.100 12 71.100 6 72.600 2 69.300 8 69.500 5 69.520 6
Boylen, Christilot CAN Drentano 69.100 6 70.100 8 68.100 11 69.900 7 69.200 7 69.280 7
Tarjan, Alice USA Elfenfeuer 69.200 5 67.400 14 70.200 6 72.400 3 66.300 12 69.100 8
Kane, Devon USA Destiny 68.300 7 70.800 7 68.800 9 67.700 10 67.100 10 68.540
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 66.200 10 69.600 11 69.200 8 68.000 9 66.800 11 67.960
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri 66.300 9 69.700 10 68.300 10 67.100 12 65.900 14 67.460
Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC 63.800 16 69.500 12 66.200 14 66.400 13 69.400 6 67.060
Perry, Kasey USA Trostruplunds Scarlet 64.700 13 67.200 16 68.000 12 67.200 11 66.100 13 66.640
Sammis, Lauren USA Whitman 65.300 11 69.800 9 64.700 19 64.000 17 68.400 8 66.440
Parra, Cesar USA Van the Man 64.200 15 66.500 17 66.100 15 65.100 16 64.700 16 65.320
Aragao, Pia BRA Zepelim Interagro 64.300 14 65.100 19 65.400 18 65.700 14 63.700 18 64.840
Poulin, Michael USA Thor M 61.700 22 67.600 13 66.600 13 65.600 15 62.500 20 64.800
Marek, Anna USA Unico G 63.700 18 67.300 15 64.000 21 61.400 24 65.000 15 64.280
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme 63.800 16 66.400 18 64.300 20 61.100 25 64.300 17 63.980
Priest, Kathy W. USA Wild Dancer 62.700 20 64.100 23 65.900 16 63.800 18 61.800 22 63.660
Lopardo-Grana, Cesar ARG Tyara 61.100 25 64.200 22 65.800 17 62.800 20 61.500 23 63.080
Mc Cusker, Sharon USA Wrigley 61.300 24 63.900 24 63.900 22 62.100 21 61.400 24 62.520
Corrigan-Dammeyer, Kelly USA Sandor 62.100 21 61.700 26 62.600 24 62.000 22 62.800 19 62.240
Pot, Adrienne USA Something Special C 61.500 23 65.100 19 59.900 27 63.600 19 60.900 25 62.200
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Stuntmann AF Hvarre 63.300 19 64.300 21 63.100 23 61.500 23 57.500 26 61.940
Seidl, Franziska SUI Sigalia 59.700 27 62.100 25 61.100 25 59.900 27 62.000 21 60.960
Hamilton, Susanne USA Lord Locksley 57.000 28 60.500 27 60.700 26 60.000 26 52.700 28 58.180
Seidl, Franziska SUI Romano K 60.300 26 58.600 28 58.700 28 55.200 28 55.200 27 57.600