Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen & My Lady Post Personal Best Score to Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 27, 2015–In final preparation before their second straight World Cup Final appearance, Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen and My Lady posted a personal best score to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Friday.
The result for Mikala and the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare of 73.380 per cent surpassed the previous high of 73.120 per cent at this same Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium complex a year ago.
It was the third victory in the last five starts during the winter circuit that includes seven CDIs over 12 weeks and puts the pair close to the top of the money leaderboard with almost $60,000 earned.
Lisa Wilcox of Wellington on Denzello was second on 72.160 per cent and Arlene “Tuny” Page was third on 71.840 per cent on Woodstock and fourth on 71.700 per cent on Alina.
Mikala, who with her jumper husband Henrik, has been based in Wellington for the past decade works with Ernst Hoyes but during his absence has been helped by her husband, though on Friday it was owner Janne Rumbough, herself a dresage Grand Prix rider, who was eyes on the ground during the warmup.
“She was like butter in my hands,” said Mikala of the black mare that she rode for Denmark at last year’s World Games. “She was so supple. It gives me confidence going to the World Cup Final.”
Mikala plans to take My Lady to the CDI5* in Aachen, Germany in May then compete at the Danish championships two weeks later seeking to be selected for Danish Nations Cup team at Rotterdam in June.
The goal, she said, is to make the Danish team for the European Championships in Aachen in August where the dressage will be in the 45,000-seat main stadium as it was during the 2006 World Games.
“We’ve already accomplished so much this year, whatever comes now we’ll just take and be happy,” she said.