Laura Graves Tops Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Earnings for 2nd Year

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Laura Graves and Verdades boosting their Global Dressage Festival winnings so far this year to $47,000. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, April 1, 2018–Laura Graves, going to Paris with Verdades for the World Cup Final, will have plenty of spending money as the top prize money winner for the second year in a row at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival that completed its 12-week run.

Laura and her Olympic team bronze medal partner ranked No. 5 in the world, earned $47,400 (€38,486) in six starts for six victories on the Wellington winter circuit that also provided the top ranked American pair a ticket to their third World Cup final and a showdown with reigning champion Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD.

Laura of Geneva, Florida and the 16-year-old KWPN gelding that she owns with her partner, Curt Maes, last year became the first American to top the Global money standings with a total of $55,600 (€45,142) in prize money.

Denmark’s Mikala Münter, based in Florida, topped the prize money list in 2015 and 2016. Lars Petersen, who rode for Denmark at the time, was the top money winner in 2013 and 2014.

This year, more than 150 riders from 26 nations shared in the total purse of well over $600,000 (€487,250) allocated to seven CDIs including the big money CDI5* that Laura and Verdades swept for the third year in a row.

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida who with Danilo will also be at the Paris championship, was second on the money list with $37,100 (€30,125), according to earnings compiled by dressage-news.com and presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance.

Shelly was ranked third in 2017.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket, Virginia was third this year on the prize money standings with $34,777 (€28,236).

Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén, a seven-time Olympian for Sweden and who has competed in Florida every winter since 2010, was fourth with $34,700 (€28,170).

Ashley Holzer of New York, competing on the Global circuit for the first time as an American instead of Canada, earned $30,375 for fifth place in the money standings. Juan Matute, Jr., the 20-year-old college student based in Wellington but riding for Spain, stood at sixth with $26,180.

Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho on $21,875, Arlene “Tuny” Page of Wellington with $21,100, the Dominican Republic’s Yvonne Losos de Muñiz at $19,975 and Canada’s Megan Lane on $17,900 rounded out the top 10.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Standings – Circuit Final Week Ending Mar. 31, 2018 presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance

1. Laura Graves  USA  $47,400
2. Shelly Francis  USA  $37,100
3. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz USA $34,777
4. Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén  SWE  $34,700
5. Ashley Holzer  USA  $30,375
6. Juan Matute, Jr.   ESP  $26,180
7. Adrienne Lyle  USA  $21,875
8. Arlene Page  USA  $21,100
9. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz  DOM  $19,975
10. Megan Lane  CAN  $17,900
11. Brittany Fraser  CAN  $17,730
12. Chase Hickok USA $15,650
13. Katherine Bateson Chandler USA $14,150
14. Jill Irving  CAN  $13,700
15. P.J. Rizvi  USA  $13,575
16. Diane Creech  CAN  $11,030
17. Jessica Jo Tate  USA  $7,620
18. Melissa Taylor  USA  $6,460
19. Jennifer Baumert  USA  $6,360
20. Michael Klimke  GER  $5,387.50
21T. Jacqueline Brooks  CAN  $5,200
21T. Heather Blitz  USA  $5,200
23. Pablo Gomez Molina  ESP  $4,690
24. Tom Dvorak  CAN  $4,575
25. Jan Ebeling USA $4,370
26. Sabine Schut-Kery  USA  $4,175
27. Devon Kane  USA  $4,100
28. Sahar Daniel Hirosh  ISR  $3,750
29. Eliane Cordia van Reesema  USA  $3,580
26. Anna Marek  USA  $3,475
27. Yvonne de Haan  USA  $3,375
28. Kiichi Harada  JPN  $3,225
29. Beatrice Marienau USA $2,950
30. Kerrigan Gluch  USA  $2,910
31. Joanne Vaughn  GEO $2,750
32. Kelly Layne  AUS  $2,650
33. Nora Batchelder  USA  $2,485
34. Natalie Pai  USA  $2,445
35. Nicholas Fyffe  AUS  $2,350
36. Belinda Trussell  CAN  $2,250
37. Molly Paris  USA  $2,105
38. Kasey Perry-Glass  USA  $2,100
39. Biance Tota  USA  $2,100
40. Vanessa Creech-Terauds CAN $2,000
41. Ellesse Tzinberg  PHI  $1,950
42. Karen Lipp USA $1,950
43. Natalia Bacariza Dangullico  ESP  $1,930
44. Megan Gardner  USA  $1,885
45. Kim Gentry AUS  $1,850
46. Ariana Chia CAN $1,650
47. Naima Moreira Laliberte CAN $1,650
48T. Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes  ESP  $1,600
48T. James Koford  USA  $1,600
50. Jodie Kelly-Baxley  USA  $1,328
51. Tanya Strasser-Shostak CAN $1,270
52. Karin  Persson  SWE  $1,260
53. Marta Renilla  ESP  $1,250
54. Tina Konyot  USA  $1,223
55. Emma Asher  USA  $1,160
56. Lori Bell  CAN  $1,120
57. usan Dutta  USA  $1,090
58. Julio Mendoza ECU $1,050