Half Million Dollars in Florida Prize Money Split Mostly Among Europeans, Americans

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Laura Graves on Verdades at the end of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup event that put them on the money earning lisr for the frst time this circuit. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves on Verdades at the end of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup event that put them on the money earning lisr for the frst time this circuit. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 9, 2015–With half a million dollars in prize money paid out so far at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, 45 American and Canadian riders have earned almost 56 per cent of the total while 15 riders representing other countries–mostly Europe–have won more than 44 per cent of the cash.

Two Danish riders based in Florida have won the lion’s share of the prize money with Mikala Gundersen at No. 1 in the rankings with $57,065 and Lars Petersen in second place with $56,560, according to the standings compiled by dressage-news.com and presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock insurance.

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida is the top ranked American rider with a purse of $33,185. Steffen Peters of San Diego, California, the American national champion who brought two horses to Florida for one show, lies second in the standings with $28,320.

Christoph Koschel of Germany is fith in the rankings with $26,820, 
José Daniel Martín Dockx of Spain is in the eighth spot with $20,100 and slotted right behind is Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén of Sweden with $19,760.

World Games rider Karen Pavicic is the highest ranked Canadian at No. 6 with $26,455 and countrywoman Belinda Trussell is one place behind on $20,840.

American amateur Kasey Perry rounds out the top 10 with $16,795 in earnings.

The latest list of the top 60 riders earning some of the total of more than $650,000 available over 12 weeks of the Global circuit includes five of the seven international events–the $200,000 CDI5*, $120,000 CDI4* and three $50,000 World Cup events.

A World Cup event scheduled for this week and the finale Nations Cup at the end of March complete the lineup of the world’s longest running and richest non-championship dressage circuit.

The money earning list reflects the growth of international competitors. Aside from Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Great Britain, Australia, Austria and Armenia as money winners making the top 60 list, other riders are from Argentina, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Georgia, Guatemala, Netherlands, Switzerland and Venezuela.

The 15 foreign riders on the list of the top 60 money winners earned a total of $219,800 for 44.28 per cent of the total of $496,345, according to the dressage-news.com calculations.

United States riders accounted for a total of $187,145 or 37.70 per cent and Canadian riders $89,400 for 18.01 per cent of the total.

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. Mikala Gundersen DEN 57,065
2. Lars Petersen DEN 56,560
3. Shelly Francis USA 33,185
4. Steffen Peters USA 28,320
5. Christoph Koschel GER 26,820
6. Karen Pavicic CAN 26,455
7. Belinda Trussell CAN 20,840
8. José Daniel Martín Dockx ESP 20,100
9. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén SWE 19,760
10. Kasey Perry USA 16,795
11. Kathleen Raine USA 14,000
12. Juan Matute, Jr. ESP 12,985
13. Jacqueline Brooks CAN 12,735
14  Lisa Wilcox USA 11,900
15. Charlotte Jorst USA 11,315
16. Arlene Page USA 9,730
17. Megan Lane CAN 7,640
18. Susan Dutta USA 7,200
19. Catherine Haddad-Staller USA 6,140
20. Kelly Layne AUS 6.050
21. Laura Graves USA 5,700
22. Michael Klimke GER 5,480
23 Jill Irving CAN 5,020
24. Kimberly Herslow USA 4,960
25. Allison Brock USA 4,480
26. Michael Barisone USA 4,400
27. Caroline Darcourt SWE 4,300
28. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz USA 4,030
29. Chris Von Martels CAN 3,700
30. Diane Creech CAN 3,610
31. Carrie Schopf ARM 3,080
32. Katharina Stumpf AUT 3,000
33. Silva Martin USA 2,590
34. Devon Kane USA 2,500
35. Christilot Boylen CAN 2,460
36. Anna Marek USA 2,320
37. Heather Blitz USA 2,050
38. Shannon Dueck CAN 2,020
39. Janne Rumbough USA 1,880
40. Tina Konyot USA 1,870
41. Gabriela Stumpf AUT 1,800
42. Alice Tarjan USA 1,620
43. Tina Irwin CAN 1,580
44. Adrienne Pot USA 1,530
45. Mary Bahniuk-Lauritsen USA 1,470
46. Lauren Sammis USA 1,370
47. Sharon McCusker USA 1,330
48-T. Laura Tomlinson GBR 1,200
48-T. Sylvia Gugler USA 1,200
50. Dawn White-O’Connor USA 980
51. Barbara Davis USA 920
52. Karin Persson SWE 900
53. Tanya Strasser-Shostak CAN 820
54-T. Chase Hickok USA 800
54-T. Ashley Holzer CAN 800
56. Felicitas Hendricks GER 700
57. Danielle Gallagher-Legri CAN 640
58-T. Asia Ondaatje Rupert USA 560
58-T. Camille Bergeron CAN 560
60. Tom Dvorak CAN 520