Laura Graves Tops Kickoff Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Earnings

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Laura Graves and Verdades competing in the opening event of the 2019 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 14, 2019–Laura Graves and Verdades, newly crowned as USA Equestrian and Horse of the Year, topped prize money earnings at the opening event of the winter-long Adequan Global Dressage Festival, according to a compilation by dressage-news.com and presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance.

Victories in the World Cup Grand Prix and Freestyle earned the pair $4,300 with Germany’s Michael Klimke who competed three different horses in CDI classes accumulated a total of $4,250 as the second highest money earner for the show.

Laura of Geneva, Florida and Verdades, now 17 years old, were Global’s top prize money winning pair with $47,400 for 2018 and $55,600 in 2017.

A total of 31 riders from eight nations made Global’s 2019 initial money earnings list. Seven CDIs including four World Cup events, big money CDI5* and 4* competitions and a Nations Cup are offering a total of $600,000 in prize money.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Earnings as of Jan. 13, 2019
Presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance

1. Laura Graves USA $4,300
2. Michael Klimke GER $4,250
3. Shelly Francis USA $3,100
4. Jill Irving CAN $2,300
5. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén SWE $2,250
6. Brittany Fraser CAN $1,700
7. Jan Ebeling USA $1,555
8. Diane Creech CAN $1,210
9. Heather Boo USA $1,175
10. Bent Jensen USA $1,150
11. Meagan Davis USA $1,040
12. Alexandra Dominguez GUA $1,000