Florida’s Global Dressage Festival Prize Money 2nd Only to All of Germany in World

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Lars Petersen on Mariett after winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle, the centerpiece event of the world's richest non-championship dressage competition in the world in 2015. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen on Mariett after winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle, the centerpiece event of the world’s richest non-championship dressage competition in the world in 2015. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Dec. 31, 2015–The Adequan Global Dressage Festival of seven CDIs with fewer than one-third of the total of international events in the United States stood alone as the second richest in the world behind only Germany’s entire lineup of 20 international shows in 2015.

The Global circuit over 12 weeks in winter at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex offered $665,400 (€610,059) in prize money, 87.36 per cent of the total purse of all 22 CDIs on the calendar for the United States in 2015. The U.S. had more CDIs than any other country.

The average prize money per show of $95,057 (€87,151) for the seven CDIs made it easily the highest in the world, though the average overall for the United States of $34,620 (€31,732) placed it eighth in the world. Eight CDIs in America offered no prize money, including six in California.

Global’s CDI5* show with a purse of $230,000 (€210,540) was the richest non-championship dressage event in the world this year, surpassed only by the World Cup Final in Las Vegas with $273,105 (€250,000) in prize money and the European Championships at Aachen, Germany with $240,348 (€220,000).

Wellington’s Global CDI4*/3* with $150,000 (€137,284) ranked the event sixth in prize money in the world.

A detailed review by dressage-news.com of the official schedules of all 158 dressage shows in 38 nations around the world found that total prize money was $5,246,250 (€4,798,798).

Germany led the prize money list offering a total of $1,521.776 (€1,396,000) for its 20 CDIs and championships, an average of $76,088 (€69,750) per show.

The United States with 22 shows, more than any other nation, ranked second in total prize money with $761,650 (€698,101). The average per CDI was $34,620 (€31,732), eighth in the world.

If Wellington was a separate country, however, the Global Dressage Festival total purse of $665,400 (€610,059) would rank second in the world and the average $95,057 (€87,151) for its seven CDIs making it easily the highest.

France ranked third in the world with total prize money of $556,555 (€509,500) with the Netherlands fourth with $481,049 (€440,800), Austria fifth with $364,780 (€334,300) and Sweden sixth with $325,570 (€298,450).

In the United States, Global’s prize money ranged from $54,500 up to $230,000.

After the Global lineup, the long established Dressage at Devon on Main Line Philadelphia was next in the United States in the amount of prize money with $40,000 for its World Cup event in Fall.

A CDI3* at Katy, Texas offered $15,000, a World Cup event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in California listed its prize money at $10,000 to $23,000, Saugerties, New York World Cup at $9,950 and $6,300 at a CDI3* in Estes Park, Colorado.

Schedules for the 2016 Global circuit show an increase in prize money to more than $285,000 for seven CDIs.