Lars Petersen’s Florida Prize Money After 3 of 7 Events Exceeds Chart Topping 2014 Total

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Lars Petersen on Mariett after winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle that pished their earnings after three of seven events on the Florida winter circuit higher than their total for 2014. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen on Mariett after winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle that pushed their earnings after three of seven events on the Florida winter circuit higher than their total for 2014. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 11, 2015–With first place prize money from the CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle, Lars Petersen of Denmark brought his total earnings after just three events so far in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival to $52,760 (€46,600), more than he made as the top money winner for the entire seven-event season in 2014. according to standings compiled by dressage-news.com and presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock insurance.

On the 17-year-old mare Mariett, Lars has won the three big money headline events at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex so far this season for earnings of $52,760 compared to $47,920 for all of the 2014 circuit.

Fellow Florida-based Dane Mikala Gundersen with $29,740 was in second place, the same spot she finished the 2014 circuit.

Steffen Peters of San Diego, California making his first and only appearances on the Florida circuit this year was the leading American with earnings of $28,320 from competing in both the CDI5* on Legolas and the companion CDI3* on Rosamunde.

The increasingly international flavor of the Global circuit was reflected by Spanish Olympian José Daniel Martín Dockx making his first appearance on the Florida circuit and compiling the fifth highest earnings of $20,100. Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida was in fifth place on $19,475.

Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén, in her fourth year in Florida for the winter, was in sixth place with prize money of $15,040 and German World Games team rider Christoph Koschel seventh with $14,105.

Kathleen Raine of Murietta, California made her stopover on the way home from California well worthwhile accumulating $14,000 in prize money while Canadians Belinda Trussell with $12,120 and Karen Pavicic with $10,710 rounded out the top 10 money winners.

The jump in prize money came primarily from the CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms that is the world’s richest non-championship dressage event, and exceeded only by the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final to be held in Las Vegas in mid-April, according to current published show schedules.

The midway point in the Global circuit will be the $120,000 CDI4* presented by the Dutta Corp. Feb. 18-22.

The Global Dressage Festival prize winning list is compiled by dressage-news.com, and is not an official ranking. The list is presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, an equestrian insurance agency.

RANK RIDER NATION $ TOP 60
1. Lars Petersen DEN 52,760
2. Mikala Gundersen DEN 29,740
3. Steffen Peters USA 28,320
4. José Daniel Martín Dockx ESP 20,100
5. Shelly Francis USA 19,475
6. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén SWE 15,040
7. Christoph Koschel GER 14,105
8. Kathleen Raine USA 14,000
9. Belinda Trussell CAN 12,120
10. Karen Pavicic CAN 10,710
11  Lisa Wilcox USA 8,240
12. Jacqueline Brooks CAN 6,550
13. Arlene Page USA 6,080
14. Susan Dutta USA 5,400
15. Michael Klimke GER 5,060
16. Michael Barisone USA 4,400
17. Caroline Darcourt SWE 4,300
18. Kasey Perry USA 4,050
19. Carrie Schopf ARM 3,080
20. Catherine Haddad-Staller USA 3,000
21. Juan Matute, Jr. ESP 2,740
22. Allison Brock USA 2,500
23. Sabine Schut-Kery USA 2,400
24. Diane Creech CAN 2,310
25. Devon Kane USA 2,100
26. Jill Irving CAN 2,060
27. Shannon Dueck CAN 2,020
28. Kelly Layne AUS 2,000
29. Katharina Stumpf AUT 1,960
30. Kimberly Herslow USA 1,930
31-T. Gabriela Stumpf AUT 1,800
31-T. Megan Lane CAN 1,800
33. Heather Blitz USA 1,750
34. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz USA 1,630
35. Charlotte Jorst USA 1,580
36. Mary Bahniuk-Lauritsen USA 1,470
37. Chris Von Martels CAN 1,300
38. Janne Rumbough USA 1,240
39. Laura Tomlinson GBR 1,200
40. Tina Konyot USA 1,170
41. Karin Persson SWE 840
42. Adrienne Pot USA 710
43. Barbara Davis USA 700
44-T. Danielle Gallagher-Legri CAN 640
44-T. Dawn White-O’Connor USA 640
46. Alice Tarjan USA 620
47. Chase Hickok USA 600
48. Asia Ondaatje Rupert USA 560
49. Tom Dvorak CAN 520
50. Franziska Seidl SUI 480
51. Camille Bergeron CAN 420
52. Lauren Sammis USA 410
53-T. Paula Matute ESP 400
53-T. Tanya Strasser-Shostak CAN 400
53-T. Anna Marek USA 400
53-T. Virginia Yarur CHI 400
53-T. Pablo Gomez Molina ESP 400
53-T. Maria Aponte COL 400
59. Chris Hickey USA 360
60. Lara Griffith GBR 330