USA’s Shelly Francis Tops Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Earnings Week 1 – Presented by Cunningham Livestock Insurance

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Shelly Francis competing at the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 15, 2018–Shelly Francis of the United States topped the Adequan Global Dressage Festival prize money earnings after success on two horses in the first week of the winter circuit. Riders from four nations filled the top four places.

Shelly of neighboring Loxahatchee rode Doktor and Danilo in the World Cup and CDI3* Big Tour events to earn a total of $5,700 in the first week of the 2018 circuit.

Sweden’s seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén competing Paridon Pagi in her campaign for a start at the World Cup Final in Paris in April was second with $4,300 in the money earning rankings compiled by dressage-news.com.

Canada’s Jill Iriving competing for the first time since a European tour last summer with her Grand Prix mounts Arthur and Degas was third in the standings with $3,100, with six more CDIs to go.

Juan Matute, Jr., the 20-year-old Florida-based rider who competed different horses at young rider, under-25 and Big Tour was fourth on the money list with $2,900.

The Wellington circuit of seven CDIs, including the only big money CDI5* and CDI4* events in the Western Hemisphere, has a total purse of about $600,000.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Standings – Week Ending Jan. 14, 2018 presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance

Shelly Francis USA  $5,700
Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén SWE  $4,300
Jill Irving CAN  $3,100
Juan Matute, Jr.  ESP  $2,900
Heather Blitz  USA  $2,050
Megan Lane CAN  $1,975
Diane Creech  CAN  $1,830
Melissa Taylor  USA  $1,385
Megan Gardner  USA  $1,260
Yvonne de Haan  USA  $1,140
Michael Klimke GER $950
Jessica Jo Tate USA $800
Sahar Daniel Hirosh ISR  $800
Christopher Hickey  USA  $700
Katie Poag USA $700
Jennifer Baumert  USA  $650
Ellesse Tzinberg PHI  $600
Jacqueline Brooks CAN  $500
Joanne Vaughn  GEO $500
Ariana Chia CAN $400