Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen on My Lady Wins Finale Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Freestyle

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Mikala Gundersen celebrating victory on My Lady at the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup Freestyle. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen celebrating victory on My Lady at the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup Freestyle. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 28,2015–Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen rode My Lady to victory in the finale Adequan Global Dressage Festival event Saturday night, winning the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle in the last chance to prepare for the World Cup Final in Las Vegas.

Mikala, based in Wellington for the past decade, was awarded 76.450 per cent for a ride on the 15-year-od Danish Warmblood mare she admitted was not the best for the pair in the 12 weeks of the $650,000 circuit, the richest and longest running dressage lineup in the world.

But it was enough to beat U.S. Olympian Lisa Wilcox on Denzello on 76.050 per cent and American team rider Susan Dutta on Currency DC on 74.350 per cent that were both personal bests.

Lisa Wilcox and Denzello. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lisa Wilcox and Denzello. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Mikala also confessed that the presence of Gary Patterson, the creator of her Freestyle who had flown in from London for the event, helped produce a winning result. Gary produces Freestyles for several Americans, including the popular “Mary Poppins” musical creation for Janne Rumbough, the owner of My Lady but who rides her own horses at Grand Prix.

While the ride may not have been the personal best for the two it capped a Global winter circuit of three victories that was their best ever.

Mikala described her fellow competitors as “Welly girls,” the riders who live in Wellington, a year-round dressage community that grows substantially each year to include more riders from around the world who call the South Florida community home.

She and My Lady next month will compete in their second World Cup Final. Last year, the pair wre in their first World Cup Final then went on to be members of the Danish team at the World Games in Normany.

This year, she hopes to make the Danish team for the European Championships in Aachen, Germany in August.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle
E: Lamping – USA H: Summanen – FIN C: Zang – USA M: Jena – SWE B: Armando – ARG
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 74.500 2 75.125 4 77.250 1 79.375 1 76.000 2 76.450 1
Wilcox, Lisa USA Denzello 74.875 1 76.250 3 76.750 3 76.750 2 75.625 3 76.050 2
Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC 72.375 5 76.500 2 77.000 2 72.250 4 73.625 5 74.350 3
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 72.750 4 77.000 1 76.250 4 69.875 6 73.875 4 73.950 4
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 72.375 5 73.250 6 73.500 5 73.375 3 76.625 1 73.825 5
Parra, Cesar USA Van the Man 73.625 3 73.750 5 71.625 7 69.500 8 72.875 6 72.275 6
Perry, Kasey USA Trostruplunds Scarlet 69.125 10 73.000 7 73.375 6 70.250 5 69.625 8 71.075 7
Sammis, Lauren USA Whitman 70.375 7 69.625 8 69.500 8 68.500 9 71.375 7 69.875 8
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme 69.250 9 68.625 8 67.375 10 69.625 7 69.125 9 68.800 0
Poulin, Michael USA Thor M 69.500 8 66.125 11 64.625 13 66.750 11 66.250 13 66.650 0
Marek, Anna USA Unico G 68.375 11 64.375 13 66.000 11 66.875 10 66.875 11 66.500 0
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Stuntmann AF Hvarre 64.750 12 67.125 10 64.750 12 66.625 12 66.500 12 65.950 0
Aragao, Pia BRA Zepelim Interagro 64.625 13 63.250 14 68.000 9 65.125 13 67.375 10 65.675 0
Seidl, Franziska SUI Sigalia 64.125 14 65.250 12 63.000 14 64.500 14 63.000 14 63.975 0