Laura Graves Stays Atop Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Rankings With $43,000 So Far

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Laura Graves and Verdades boosting their Global Dressage Festival winnings so far this year to $47,000. © 2018 Ken Braddick/

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 6, 2018–Laura Graves will be taking Verdades to the World Cup Final in Paris next month with at least $47,400 in prize money to put the world’s No. 4 combination at the top the Adequan Global Dressage Festival rankings.

Laura and the 16-year-old KWPN gelding moved to the top of the standing a month ago along with completing the requirement of at least three CDI Grand Prix scores to make the squad of eight horses and riders to go to Europe to compete for selection to the U.S. team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September.

The biggest purses for Laura of Geneva, Florida and Verdades have come from victories in two World Cup events that qualified the pair for the World Cup and a CDI5*, the single richest dressage event in the U.S.

The duo topped the Global prize money standings with total earnings of $55,600 in 2017.

Sweden’s seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén remained in second place on the money list with $34,000, according to figures compiled by and presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance. Tinne did not compete in CDIs last week to add to her total but with qualifying near an end it seems likely she also will be invited to the Paris Final.

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida stood in third place with $32,650 earned mostly on her top two horses, including Danilo that will be going to Paris as the second North American representative at the Final.

Ashley Holzer, who did not compete at Big Tour on the Global circuit in her first year riding as an American in 2017 instead of her native Canada for whom she rode in four Olympics, has accumulated $26,300 so far to stand fourth in the rankings.

Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, who competed for the Dominican Republic at her first Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, has earned $16,725 so far in the best performances of her career that will take her to the World Cup Final for the first time and she has qualified two horses for Tryon.

Chase Hickok of Wellington, Florida has prize money of $15,650 competing Sagacious HF, the KWPN gelding that she is showing for the fourth year and is now 19 years old.

Adrienne Lyle, of Ketchum, Idaho, is in the seventh spot with $14,900 and results that place her third with Salvino on the U.S. list for European summer competitions that have fulfilled the requirement for three CDI Grand Prix between Sept. 1, 2017 and April 30 this year.

Juan Matute, Jr., the Wellington-based 20-year-old rider who has become an American citizen but still competes for Spain, returned to competition to boost his earnings so far this year to $12,830.

U.S. riders P.J. Rizvi of Greenwich, Connecticut and Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket, Virginia rounded out the top 10 with prizemoney of $12,500 and $11,700, respectively.

Riders representing 22 nations have so far shared in prize money that will total well over $600,000 by the end of the circuit, with a CDI4* scheduled next week and a CDIO3* Nations Cup at the end of March.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Prize Money Standings – Week Ending Mar. 4, 2018 presented by Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance

1. Laura Graves USA $47,400
2. Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén SWE $34,100
3. Shelly Francis USA $32,650
4. Ashley Holzer USA $26,300
5. Yvonne Losos de Muñiz DOM $16,725
6. Chase Hickok USA $15,650
7. Adrienne Lyle USA $14,900
8. Juan Matute, Jr. ESP $12,830
9. P.J. Rizvi USA $12,500
10. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz USA $11,700
11. Megan Lane CAN $11,650
12. Brittany Fraser CAN $8,995
13. Diane Creech CAN $8,480
14. Jill Irving CAN $7,950
15. Arlene Page USA $7,000
16. Heather Blitz USA $5,200
17. Tom Dvorak CAN $4,575
18. Melissa Taylor USA $4,210
19. Jennifer Baumert USA $4,110
20. Michael Klimke GER $4,000
21. Jan Ebeling USA $3,290
22. Yvonne de Haan USA $3,175
23. Katherine Bateson Chandler USA $3,150
24. Sahar Daniel Hirosh ISR $2,950
25T. Joanne Vaughn GEO $2,200
25T. Kiichi Harada JPN $2,200
27, Vanessa Creech-Terauds CAN $1,860
28, Kerrigan Gluch USA $1,650
29. Eliane Cordia van Reesema USA $1,580
30. Jessica Jo Tate USA $1,545
31. Anna Marek USA $1,475
32. Megan Gardner USA $1,435
33. Ellesse Tzinberg PHI $1,400
34. Ariana Chia CAN $1,350
35. Jodie Kelly-Baxley USA $1,328
36, Karin Persson SWE $1,260
37T. Karen Lipp USA $1,250
37T. Belinda Trussell CAN $1,250
39. Susan Dutta USA $1,090
40. Julio Mendoza ECU $1,050