Laura Graves & Verdades Top Wellington Global Dressage Festival Prize Money After 3 of 7 CDIs

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Laura Graves rides Verdades in the CDI5* at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2018 Ken Braddick/


WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 12, 218–The sweep by Laura Graves and Verdades of the only top rated CDI5* outside continental Europe boosted the world’s No. 4 combination to the top of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival prize money standings, compiled by and presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance.

Laura of Geneva, Florida and the 16-year-old KWPN gelding have earned a total of $43,100 after just three of seven weeks of international dressage competitions at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, a whopping $38,800 over the prize money the pair had won this year before the 5* event.

Victories in the Grand Prix and the Freestyle leap frogged the top American ranked over seven-time Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén with earnings so far of $34,100 and United States team rider Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida with $30,350 after leading the standings in the first two CDIs of the winter circuit.

Ashley Holzer of New York City, who rode in three Olympics for Canada but now competes under the American flag, leaped to fourth place with $18,500, up from 16th with $1,200 after the World Cup week ended Jan. 28.

Chase Hickok and Sagacious HF, that was a star 11 years ago when ridden at small tour by Lauren Sammis to team gold and individual silver at the 2007 Pan American Games, made $13,800 in the first CDI in more than six months for the KWPN gelding now 19 years old.

The Dominican Republic’s Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, competing two horses including Foco Loco W that posted their first Big Tour victory, have racked up total earnings so far of $12,000.

Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho, a 2012 Olympic rider for the United States, brought their total prize money so far this year to $11,800, most from winning the CDI5* Grand Prix Special with a personal best score of 75.319 per cent in less than 11 months at top sport.

P.J. Rizvi of Greenwich, Connecticut on her Breaking Dawn, that her coach Ashley Holzer rode at the 2012 London Games, had total winnings of $11,300.

Juan Matute, Jr., the Florida-based 20-year-old rider for Spain who skipped the second week of the Global circuit, stayed in the top 10 with earnings of $10,430 while Canada’s 2016 Olympian Megan Lane brought her total so far to $9,175.

After the first three CDIs of two World Cups and the 5*, 80 riders from 18 nations have shared in the total purse with four more international competitions to go.

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

1. Laura Graves  USA  $43,100
2. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén  SWE  $34,100
3. Shelly Francis  USA  $30,350
4. Ashley Holzer  USA  $18,500
5. Chase Hickok USA $13,800
6. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz  DOM  $12,000
7. Adrienne Lyle  USA  $11,800
8. P.J. Rizvi  USA  $11,300
9. Juan Matute, Jr.   ESP  $10,430
10. Megan Lane  CAN  $9,175
11. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz USA $9,100
12. Jill Irving  CAN  $6,500
13. Arlene Page  USA  $5,600
14. Brittany Fraser  CAN  $5,295
15. Diane Creech  CAN  $5,130
16. Heather Blitz  USA  $4,300
17. Yvonne de Haan  USA  $3,175
18. Jennifer Baumert  USA  $3,050
19. Tom Dvorak  CAN  $2,895
20. Melissa Taylor  USA  $2,880
21. Michael Klimke  GER  $2,850
22T. Katherine Bateson Chandler USA $1,800
22T. Joanne Vaughn  GEO $1,800
24. Sahar Daniel Hirosh  ISR  $1,550
25. Anna Marek  USA  $1,475
26. Megan Gardner  USA  $1,435
27. Jessica Jo Tate  USA  $1,350
28. Kiichi Harada  JPN  $1,150
29. Jan Ebeling USA $1,040
30. Ellesse Tzinberg  PHI  $1,000