Shelly Francis Stays Atop Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Earnings

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Shelly Francis on Danilo in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle. © 2018

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 29, 2018–Shelly Francis posted more high placings in top sport to stay atop the Adequan Global Dressage Festival prize money standings after two events on the winter circuit with riders from eight nations ranked in the top 25, according to calculations presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance.

Shelly, of Loxahatchee, Florida who was the leading money earner in the first CDI this year, bumped her earnings to $9,150 campaigning Doktor and Danilo, both owned by Patricia Stempel, for a start at the World Cup Final in Paris in mid-April.

Sweden’s seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén grew her earnings to $7,400 to maintain her second place in the rankings, as compiled by

U.S. Olympic team bronze medalist Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida competed her world No. 4 Verdades for the first time this year, winning both the World Cup Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle to earn $4,300 to stand third.

Laura and the 16-year-old KWPN gelding are also aiming for a Paris appearance at the annual championships after placing second at the 2017 Omaha Final.

She was tied with Heather Blitz, also of Loxahatchee, who dominated the Small Tour with her Quatero, as she did in Global’s first week at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Canadians Megan Lane and Jill Irving were ranked fifth with $3,825 and sixth on $3,775, respectively.

Juan Matute, Jr., the Wellington-based college freshman who rides for Spain, did not compete in the second week but was in seventh place as a result of the first week’s earnings of $2,900.

Adrienne Lyle, who swept the CDI3* Grand Prix and Special in Salvino’s first competition in six months, stood at eighth on $2,600.

Canada’s Diane Creech on $2,330 and Melissa Taylor of Wellington on $2,035 rounded out the top 10.

Other nations represented in the top 25 included the Dominican Republic, Israel, Germany and the Philippines.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Standings – Week Ending Jan. 28, 2018 presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance

1. Shelly Francis USA $9,150
2. Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén SWE $7,400
3T. Laura Graves USA $4,300
3T. Heather Blitz USA $4,300
5. Megan Lane CAN $3,825
6. Jill Irving CAN $3,775
7. Juan Matute, Jr. ESP $2,900
8. Adrienne Lyle USA $2,600
9. Diane Creech CAN $2,330
10. Melissa Taylor USA $2,035
11. Yvonne de Haan USA $1,845
12. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz DOM $1,800
13. Brittany Fraser CAN $1,675
14. Tom Dvorak CAN $1,535
15. Megan Gardner USA $1,260
16T. Ashley Holzer USA $1,200
16T. Sahar Daniel Hirosh ISR $1,200
18. Michael Klimke GER $1,050
19. Eliane Cordia van Reesema USA 980
20. Jessica Rhinelander CAN $915
21. Jacqueline Brooks CAN $900
22T. Jessica Jo Tate USA $800
22T. Ellesse Tzinberg PHI $800
24T. Arlene Page USA $700
24T. Belinda Trussell CAN $700
24T. Christopher Hickey USA $700
24T. Katie Poag USA $700