Mikala Gundersen & My Lady Win Devon World Cup Freestyle to Top North American Standings

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Mikala Gundersen and My Lady competing in the Devon World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2015 SusanJStickle.com
Mikala Gundersen and My Lady competing in the Devon World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2015 SusanJStickle.com

DEVON, Pennsylvania, Oct. 4, 2015–Mikala Gundersen and My Lady won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday for the fourth straight victory for the Danish team combination that put them atop the North American League standings.

Mikala, based in Wellington, Florida and the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare scored 77.975 per cent in their second World Cup qualifying event, having posted a personal best of 79.900 per cent last month in their first World Cup Freestyle of the 2015/16 season. The pair competed at the 2014 and 2015 World Cup Finals as well as being on the Danish teams at the 2014 World Games and European Championships in August.

America’s Lisa Wilcox competing Galant in only their second international Big Tour event placed second on 73.950 per cent.

Canada’s Belinda Trussell and her Pan American Games partner Anton were third on 73.700 per cent with her Pan Am team mates, Brittany Fraser and All In fourth on 73.200 per cent in only their second international Grand Prix Freestyle.

This World Cup qualifier was the seventh of 12 in the North American League made up shows in Canada and the United States with two more scheduled for Burbank, California and three in Wellington over the winter leading to the final at Gothenburg, Sweden in March.

The highest score in the NAL was 81.325 per cent from Steffen Peters and Legolas in California last month.

Two combinations are invited from the NAL but those invitations are restricted to citizens of the league. Combinations such as Mikala and My Lady who competed for Denmark can be invited as an “extra” place.

Some riders in North America have placed the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer as their highest priority that could cause them to pass up an invitation to Sweden.

The top pairs with the required two scores in the NAL standings as of Oct. 4:

1. Mikala Gundersen/My Lady DEN – 79.900% + 77.975% = 78.937%
2. Lisa Wilcox/Galant USA – 73.950% + 74.700% = 74.325%
3. Brittany Fraser/All In CAN – 73.650% + 73.200% = 73.425%
4. Jacqueline Brooks/D Niro CAN – 73.175% + 72.875% = 73.025%
5. Günter Seidel/Zero Gravity USA – 67.552% + 77.600% = 72.576%

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
E: Matthiesen – DEN H: Weatherwax – USA C: Zang – USA M: Holler – GER B: Ernes – NED
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 76.500 1 79.625 1 77.500 1 82.000 1 73.750 1 77.875 1
Wilcox, Lisa USA Galant 74.000 2 72.375 5 74.875 2 77.125 2 71.375 4 73.950 2
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton 73.500 4 72.750 4 74.000 3 75.875 4 72.375 3 73.700 3
Fraser, Brittany CAN All In 72.375 5 72.000 6 72.750 4 76.375 3 72.625 2 73.225 4
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 73.750 3 73.000 3 70.125 5 70.625 7 71.250 5 71.750 5
Brooks, Jacqueline CAN D-Niro 72.250 6 73.250 2 68.750 6 72.750 5 68.000 7 71.000 6
Koford, James USA Don Principe 69.000 10 68.625 10 67.000 7 70.750 6 68.625 6 68.800 7
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri 69.750 9 66.625 11 66.750 9 69.875 9 67.625 8 68.125 8
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme 71.500 7 65.125 12 66.750 9 69.250 10 67.250 9 67.975 9
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P 70.125 8 68.875 9 66.000 11 68.500 11 66.125 11 67.925 10
Tarjan, Alice USA Elfenfeuer 68.500 11 69.000 8 65.125 12 70.125 8 65.875 12 67.725 11
Sammis, Lauren USA Whitman 66.000 13 69.250 7 66.875 8 67.000 12 66.250 10 67.075 12
Rizvi, P.J. USA Unlimited 67.250 12 64.500 13 62.000 13 66.250 13 63.500 13 64.700 13