Florida-based Mikala Gundersen of Denmark Tops Global Dressage Festival Money Earnings

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Mikala Gundersen on My Lady and Lars Petersen on Mariett at the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen on My Lady and Lars Petersen on Mariett at the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 15, 2016–Victory in the CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle for Mikala Gundersen boosted the Florida-based team rider for Denmark to the top of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival prize money standings with a total of $40,440 after three of seven international events on the winter circuit.

Mikala and My Lady, the 16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare she has competed since 2012 and owned with Danish-born American Janne Rumbough, earned $35,000 for first place in the Freestyle and added to other winnings on the circuit made the total $40,440, according to calculations by dressage-news.com.

The pair topped the Global money earnings in 2015 but despite the total purse for this year’s winter circuit rising to almost $700,000 Mikala has restricted her schedule mostly to events where she can improve her ranking to help Denmark qualify a team for the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Lars Petersen, also a Danish team rider and who became an American citizen earlier this month, was second with Mariett, the 18-year-old mare with total earnings of $27,235.

Steffen Peters who competed both Legolas and Rosamunde at the same event returned to his San Diego, California base with $23,820 in winnings.

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida also competed two horses, Doktor and Danilo, to increase her earnings total to $20,490 while Laura Graves of Plymouth, Florida on Verdades was fifth ranked with $20,490.

For the first time during the five years of the Global circuit, two riders–one representing Denmark and the other Venezuela–were disqualified and thus lost prize money for failure to appear at awards ceremonies.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Standings as of Feb. 14, 2016 – presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance  (Compiled by dressage-news.com)

1. Mikala Gundersen DEN – $40,440
2. Lars Petersen DEN – $27,235
3. Steffen Peters USA – $23,820
4. Shelly Francis USA – $20,490
5. Laura Graves USA – $20,100
6. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén SWE – $15,570
7. Kasey Perry-Glass USA – $13,820
8. Belinda Trussell CAN – $12,100
9. Juan Matute, Jr. ESP – $11,000
10. Karen Pavicic CAN – $10,780
11. Arlene Page USA – $10,360
12. Lisa Wilcox USA – $9,390
13. Brittany Fraser CAN – $9,200
14. Leida Collins-Strijk NED – $8,810
15. Allison Brock USA – $8,490
16. Michael Klimke GER – $7,070
17. Katherine Bateson-Chandler USA – $6,840
18. Suzan Pape GBR – $4,990
19. Jacqueline Brooks CAN -$4,800
20. Jill Irving CAN – $4,400
21. Lara Griffith GBR – $4,250
22. Charlotte Jorst USA – $4,210
23. Beatrice Marienau USA – $3,475
24. Megan Lane CAN – $3,280
25. Leah Wilson Wilkins CAN – $3,240
26. Katharina Stumpf AUT – $3,050
27. Catherine Haddad-Staller USA – $2,000
28. Evi Strasser CAN – $1,900
29. Riccardo Wallenstein POR – $1,700
30. Christian Zimmermann PLE – $1,610
31. Anna Marek USA – $1,550
32. Heather Blitz USA – $1,530
33. Laura Tomlinson GBR – $1,335
34. P.J. Rizvi USA – $1,250
35T. Jan Ebeling USA – $1,200
35T. Christina Vinios USA – $1,200
37. Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo ESP – $1,150
38. Kelly Layne AUS – $1,120
39. Susan Dutta USA – $1,100
40. Virginia Yarur Ready CHI – $1,020
41. Mette Rosencrantz USA – $1,000