Laura Graves’ Global Prize Money Winnings Highest for American in Six Years of Winter Circuit

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Laura Graves and Verdades after winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup to boost earnings so far this year to $55,600. © 2017 Ken Braddick/

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 27, 2016–Laura Graves has become the highest earning American in six years of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, winning $55,600 riding Verdades in three shows over the past month.

The earnings for Laura of Geneva, Florida on the 15-year-old KWPN gelding surpassed the total of $50,135 the pair won during the entire circuit of seven CDIs in 2016 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The earnings totals are compiled by and presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance

The 29-year-old rider ranked No. 5 in the world on her 2016 Olympic bronze medal team mount  told she does not plan to compete Verdades at the remaining three CDIs of the winter circuit as she prepares for the World Cup Final in Omaha Mar. 27-April 2.

During the same time she swept two World Cup qualifiers and the $200,000 CDI5*, Laura and Verdades twice scored more than 80 per cent in Grand Prix, only the second American to achieve that mark and one of only 14 in the history of dressage.

Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén of Sweden was second with $35,020 on the prize money list with Steffen Peters of San Diego, California ranked third with $32,340. The top Canadian was Brittany Fraser with a total of $21,500.

Forty-three riders from 10 nations have won at least $1,000 on the Global circuit.

The biggest prize money winners at Global since it was first staged in 2012 have been Florida-based Danish riders Lars Petersen on Mariett and Mikala Gundersen on My Lady.

 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Standings – Week Ending Feb. 26, 2016 presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance

Laura Graves USA $55,600
Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén SWE $35,020
Steffen Peters USA $32,340
Brittany Fraser CAN $21,500
Jan Ebeling USA $16,990
Lisa Wilcox USA $13,400
Jacqueline Brooks CAN $13,150
Jill Irving CAN $12,165
Kasey Perry-Glass USA $10,500
Susan Pape GBR $9,970
Arlene Page USA $9,640
Charlotte Jorst USA $9,420
Megan Lane CAN $7,920
Shelly Francis USA $7,500
Juan Matute, Jr. ESP $5,930
Jaimey Irwin CAN $5,610
Katie Poag USA $5,100
Maria Florenica Manfredi ARG $4,600
Katherine Bateson-Chandler USA $4,570
Dawn White O’Connor USA $4,265
Adrienne Lyle USA $4,200
Kasey Perry-Glass USA $4,040
Lindsay Kellock CAN $3,920
Kristof Koschel GER $3,750
P.J. Rizvi USA $3,600
Katharina Stumpf AUT $3,060
Tina Irwin CAN $2,920
Christilot Boylen CAN $2.910
Jane Cleveland USA $2,790
Michael Klimke GER $2,710
Chase Hickok USA $2,520
Devon Kane USA $2,470
Nicole Levy USA $2,200
Jessica Rhinelander CAN $1,890
Olivia Lagoy-Weltz USA $1,880
Kathy Priest USA $1,800
Christopher Hickey USA $1,640
Barbara Bertschinger SUI $1,540
Ellesse Tzinberg PHI $1,520
Anna Marek USA $1,380
Evi Strasser CAN $1,310
Bianca Berktold USA $1,170
Gabriela Stumpf AUT $1,040