Mikala Gundersen of Denmark Tops Global Money Earnings for 2nd Year, Laura Graves Leads 3 American Women Close Behind

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Mikala Gundersen on My Lady celebrating victory in the the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle,. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen on My Lady celebrating victory in the the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle,. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, April 3, 2016–Mikala Gundersen, the Danish team rider, topped the Adequan Global Dressage Festival money earnings for the second year in a row taking home $50,957 ahead of three American women competitors led by U.S. Grand Prix champion Laura Graves collecting more than $50,000.

Mikala, who has lived with her family in Florida for the past decade, was the top money earner last year with $60,485 and second in 2014 with $47,920 behind Lars Petersen, a Danish Olympian long resident in Florida.

Laura Graves, the 2015 U.S. Grand Prix champion on Verdades, was second highest money earner this year with $50,135 followed by fellow Americans Shelly Frances with $41,310 and Kasey Perry Glass with $39,910y.

Laura Graves presented with the Equestrian Sport Productions' Grooms Award of $500 for taking care of Verdades herself to add to the $50,135 on the Adequan Global Dressage Festival circuit this year. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves presented with the Equestrian Sport Productions’ Grooms Award of $500 for taking care of Verdades herself to add to the $50,135 on the Adequan Global Dressage Festival circuit this year. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Lars was ranked fifth with $38,272 this year after earning $59,860 in 2015 and topped the standings with $47,920 in 2014.

Spain’s teenage star Juan Matute, Jr., another full-time resident of Florida, was sixth on $31,940, Steffen Peters, the American highest ranked in the world in seventh on $23,820, Sweden’s six-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén No. 8 with $22,970, American Allison Brock ninth at $20,685 and Belinda Trussell, atop the Canadian Olympic rankings, rounded out the top 10 with $19,500.

The $700,000 in total prize money available in the seven Global CDIs over the winter was shared by a total of 156 riders from 22 countries from throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The circuit is by far the richest for dressage in the world highlighted by the only CDI5* and non-championship Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere that has become so successful in five years that the current shown grounds as part of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center are at capacity.

The organizers of Global as well as the Winter Equestrian Festival of jumpers and hunters also staged at the Palm Beach Center have signed an agreement to buy the International Polo Club, the third major horse sport center in Wellington that will provide room for expansion as well as maintaining it as the showcase of top polo.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Standings as of Mar. 20, 2016 – presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance  Compiled by dressage-news.com

1. Mikala Gundersen DEN – $50,957.50
2. Laura Graves USA – $50,135
3. Shelly Francis USA – $41,310
4. Kasey Perry-Glass USA – $39,910
5. Lars Petersen DEN – $38,272,50
6. Juan Matute, Jr. ESP – $31,940
7. Steffen Peters USA – $23,820
8. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén SWE – $22,970
9. Allison Brock USA – $20,685
10. Belinda Trussell CAN – $19,500
11. Lisa Wilcox USA – $18,965
12. Karen Pavicic CAN – $18,435
13. Brittany Fraser CAN – $16,815
14. Arlene Page USA – $16,405
15. Katherine Bateson-Chandler USA – $13,260
16. Leida Collins-Strijk NED – $12,170
17. Lara Griffith GBR – $11,475
18. Jacqueline Brooks CAN -$9,640
19. Jill Irving CAN – $9,325
20. Michael Klimke GER – $9,110
21. Laura Tomlinson GBR – $8,740
22. Charlotte Jorst USA – $8,410
23. Riccardo Wallenstein POR – $7,955
24. Megan Lane CAN – $7,210
25. Evi Strasser CAN – $7,080
26. Chris von Martels CAN – $6,820
27. Katharina Stumpf AUT – $6,160
28. Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo ESP – $5,775
29. Kelly Layne AUS – $5,535
30. Suzan Pape GBR – $5,290
31. Christer Egerstrom CRC – $5,143.33
32. Beatrice Marineau USA – $4,515
33. Catherine Haddad-Staller USA – $3,980
34, Ellesse Tzinberg PHI – $3,725
35. Neve Myburgh GER – $3,720
36. Leah Wilson Wilkins CAN – $3,240
37. Joanne Vaughan GEO – $3,205
38. Ashley Holzer CAN – $3,170
39. Susan Dutta USA – $3,140
40. P.J. Rizvi USA – $3,095
41. Anna Marek USA – $2,840
42. Patricia Koschel GER – $2,460
43. Alfonso Ramirez ESP – $2,425
44. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz USA – $2,220
45. Christian Zimmermann PLE – $2,210
46. Lindsay Kellock CAN – $2,140
47. Michelle Batalia CRC – $2,133,33
48. Heather Blitz USA – $1,770
49. Danielle Gallagher-LeGriffon CAN – $1,750
50T. Virginia Yarur Ready CHI – $1,720
50T. Jane Cleveland USA – $1,720
50T. Maria Florencia Manfredi ARG – $1,720
53. Christoph Koschel GER – $1,670
54 Amy Bock USA – $1,590
55. Barbara Davis USA – $1,560
56. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz DOM – $1,550
57. Raul Corchuelo COL – $1,520
58. Adrienne Lyle USA – $1,500
59. Lisa Bukowski CAN – $1,410
60. Naima Moreira Laliberte CAN – $1,360
61. Tina Irwin CAN – $1,320
62. Lauren Spreiser USA – $1,300
63T. Jan Ebeling USA – $1,200
63T. Christina Vinios USA – $1,200
63T. Mette Rosencrantz USA – $1,200
66. Micaela Mabragan ARG -$1,129
67. Diana Porsche AUT – $1,090
68T. Rikke Poulsen DEN — $1,087.50
68T. Signe Kirk Kristiansen DEN — $1,087.50
70. Anne Marie Egerstrom CRC — $1,083.33

Kate Boldt USA – $960
Eliane Cordia van Reesema USA – $940
Adrienne Pot USA – $920
Felicitas Hendricks GER – $900
Jaimey Irwin CAN – $880
Sharon McCusker USA – $865
James Koford USA – $840
Michael Poulin USA – $730
Yvonne de Haan NED – $720
Gabriela Stumpf AUT – $720
Cesar Parra USA – $720
Kevin Kohmann GER – $700
Dodo Laugks GER – $660
Louisa-Marcelle Eadie GBR – $640
Sarah Stanuschewski GER – $600
Jennifer Baumert USA $580
Kathy Priest USA – $550
Ava Maccoubrey CAN – $500
Samira Mayumi Uemura BRA – $500
Kim Gentry AUS – $480
Tanya Strasser-Shostak CAN – $460
Natalia Bacariza ESP – $460
Heather Boo USA – $420
Barbara Bertschinger SUI – $420
Tara Stegen USA – $420
Yanina Woywitka CAN – $380
Kerrigan Gluch USA – $380
Endel Ots USA – $380
Katie Poag USA – $365
Christian Garweg CAN – $360
Amy Swerdlin USA – $360
Molly Paris USA – $360
Pamela Aide USA – $360
Marc Stanuschewski GER – $340
Nora Batchelder USA – $320
Franziska Seidl  SUI – $320
Cesar Lopado-Grana ARG – $310
David Marcus CAN – $300
Ayden Uhlir USA – $300
Rachael Hicks USA – $280
Sean Sierra Keasler USA – $280
Kristy Truebenbach Lund USA – $260
Anna Weniger USA – $260
Allison Kavey USA – $240
Naima Moreira Laliberte CAN — $240
Raimundo Maciel Dum Nascimento BRA – $210
Alexandra Dvorak CAN – $200
Jacquelynn Mackie USA — $200
Katie Robicheaux USA $180
Heide Degele USA — $180
Jennifer Marchand USA – $180
Kristin Counterman USA – $180
Nicholas Hansen USA – $180
Nicole Scarpino USA – $180
Hannah Irons USA – $180
Eline Eckroth USA – $180
Rakeya Moussa CAN – $180
Vanessa Creech-Terauds CAN – $160
Luis Reteguiz-Denizard PUR – $160
Patricia Becker USA – $160
Alexander Dawson USA – $160
Ariana Chia CAN – $160
Sophia Calve USA — $160
Thaisa Tavares De Almeida BRA – $150
Helen Claire McNulty USA – $140
Dawn Weinger USA – $120
Meredith Talley USA – $120
Alexandra Meghji CAN – $120
Michael Pineo USA — $110
Diana Rose USA — $100
Camille Bergeron – CAN – $100
Lindsey Holleger USA – $100
Farah Rizvi USA – $100
Dawn Bernardo USA – $80
Elizabeth Armstrong Powers USA — $80
Asia Ondaarje Rupert USA – $80
Sarah Roda USA – $60
Taryn Hartnett  USA — $60
Manuel Montero CHI – $50
Emily Smith USA – $40
Maria Aponte COL – $40
Katrina Hiller USA – $40
Lillian Simons USA – $20
Codi Harrison USA – $20
Natalie Pai USA — $20