Mikala Gundersen & My Lady Win Saugerties World Cup Freestyle With Another Personal Best

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Mikala Gundersen and My Lady. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen and My Lady. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sept. 19, 2015

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Mikala Münter Gundersen and My Lady won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday, logging a personal best score for the second day in a row as the Danish team pair has taken what the rider called “a big step up the ladder.”

The score of 79.900 per cent for Mikala, based in Wellington, Florida for the past decade, was three percentage points higher than their previous highest musical freestyle and followed victory in the Grand Prix Friday, also with their best ever result.

Lisa Wilcox, the United States Olympic and World Games team medalist and also based in Wellington, placed second on Galant with a score of 74.700 per cent in the Big Tour debut for the nine-year-old gelding.

Brittany Fraser on All In were third on 73.650 per cent in what was also a CDI Grand Prix debut show for the Canadian pair that rode at Small Tour on Canada’s silver medal team.

The previous best for Mikala and the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare was 76.775 per cent in March, 2014 that helped earn the duo an invitation to the World Cup Final in Lyon, France that year.

Although Saturday’s result that included scores above 80 per cent from three of the five judges was the second highest at the midway point of the 12-event World Cup North American League, Mikala said she is not looking for an invitation to the Final in Gothenberg, Sweden next March. The highest NAL score so far was 81.325 per cent posted a week ago by America’s No. 1 pair of Steffen Peters of San Diego, California and Legolas.

“I think that Lady has taken a big step up the ladder,” Mikala told dressage-news.com of the horse she owns with Danish-born Janne Rumbough, a successful amateur rider who lives in Palm Beach, Florida.

“She’s much stronger in her body than she has ever been and she’s very supple to ride. It’s by far the best Grand Prix and Freestyle I have ever ridden. I smiled through every step of my test today. It was such a wonderful feeling. My Lady heard the music and just started dancing away.”

The most immediate goal for Mikala is attaining enough high scores to help Denmark qualify at least three individual combinations  to form a “composite” team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer.

“My goal is Rio and we are going all in for that,” she said. “I will start saving My Lady the next year so I will not ride as many shows as I have the past couple of years.

“The most important thing for us is to keep her happy and healthy.”

For Lisa Wilcox, Galant is “more than fulfilling the hopes.”

Lisa’s goal is the Olympics for the United States that qualified at the Pan American Games with a team gold medal. Lisa rode Relevant on the American bronze medal team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
E: Whitham – Canada H: Jena – Sweden C: Fore – USA M: Holler – Germany B: Yukins – USA
Ri Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. Total Pl.
Gundersen, Mikala Munter DEN My Lady 82.625 1 77.000 1 81.000 1 80.875 1 78.000 1 79.900 1
WilcoxLisa USA Galant 74.125 3 73.125 2 75.875 2 76.125 2 74.250 2 74.700 2
Fraser, Brittany CAN All In 73.500 4 72.625 3 74.750 3 74.750 3 72.625 3 73.650 3
Brooks, Jacqueline CAN D Niro 74.875 2 70.500 4 72.375 4 74.125 4 72.500 4 72.875 4
Garweg, Christian CAN De Lorean 66.750 5 68.625 5 68.375 5 66.250 7 70.750 5 68.150 5
Sprieser, Lauren USA Ellegria 66.375 7 67.875 6 67.500 6 70.375 5 68.375 6 68.100 6
Rizvi, PJ USA Unlimited 66.625 6 67.750 7 66.750 7 68.125 6 67.375 7 67.325 7
USA Wild Dancer Ret.

 

CDI Intermediate I
E: –  H: Jena – Sweden C: Holler – Germany M: –  B: Ayers – USA
Rider Nat. Horse H . C . B . Total Pl.
Morkis, Dorothy USA Artiest 69.342 71.579 71.184 70.702 1
Riley, Katie USA Toy Story 67.105 69.868 69.605 68.860 2
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne DOM Debussy 70.000 69.342 64.605 67.982 3
Hamilton, Inga CAN Fabregas 67.632 70.921 64.605 67.719 4
Parra, Cesar USA Blickpunkt 4 67.237 68.947 65.789 67.325 5
Strasser, Evi CAN Rigaudon Tyme 65.658 67.763 67.105 66.842 6
Van Reesema, Eliane USA Jewel’s Amethyst 66.579 69.342 63.421 66.447 7
Strasser, Evi CAN Super Tyme 65.000 67.237 65.132 65.789 8
Orlob, Marcus USA Shakespeare RSF 64.079 66.711 63.553 64.781 0
Boldt, Kate USA Dynamica 66.184 62.368 63.289 63.947 0
Fladland, Missy USA Royal Gem 62.763 65.000 59.605 62.456 0
Powell, Kaaren USA Delaware 60.526 62.237 57.368 60.044 0
Rose, Diana USA Topper 57.368 61.184 55.395 57.982 0