Charlotte & Valegro Officially No1

As Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro head for the European Dressage Championships in Aachen, Germany they are sure to be full of confidence and will no doubt still be the combination to beat as according to the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) world rankings released this week the pair has successfully completed 24 straight months as the world’s No1.

Charlotte and the KWPN gelding, have been firmly top the world rankings for the past two years after swapping the top slot a couple of times with the Netherlands’ Adeline  Cornelissen and Jerich Parival after the 2012 Olympic Games where they won both team and individual gold.

In the past two years, Charlotte and the 13-year-old Valegro have won individual gold medals at the World Games and the Europeans as well as two World Cup titles, setting world records at all three levels.

Germany’s Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH cemented their status as the top German combination at No. 3 in the latest rankings to the end of July while Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB moved up to No. 5 and Isabell Werth and Don Johnson FRH moved into the ninth slot from 11th the previous month.

Totilas, the 15-year-old KWPN stallion ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath that was also named to the German team was ranked 428th in the world based on the only two results–at the Nations Cup in Hagen in July–that were the only performances to count for the ranking period that goes back one year. The pair placed first in both the Grand Prix and the Special with scores above 80 per cent.

Great Britain’s team members Carl Hester and Nip Tuck moved to No. 18 in the world while Fiona Bigwood and Atterupgaards Orthilia, making their first championship appearance, jumped 65 places to 32nd and Michael Eilberg on Marakov was 59th.

For the Netherlands, Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover remained at No.2  Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Flirt was at No. 13 and on Glock’s Johnson TN at 16th with Diederik van Silfhout on Arlando in the 14th position.

Sweden will be looking for a high finish to claim one of the three places available at these Europeans for a 2016 Olympic Games team start, as Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands have already qualified, Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Don Auriello go into the championships ranked sixth with team mate Patrik Kittel on Deja at No. 12.

The United States’ Steffen Peters on Legolas and Laura Graves on Verdades were again ranked seventh and eighth in the world, taking into account the team and individual gold medal winning performances for Steffen and individual silver for Laura at the Pan American Games last month. That result gave the U.S. a ticket to Rio de Janeiro next year. 


Top 25 in the FEI World Rankings at the end of July:

Rank Prev         Athelete                                   Horse                                     Fed             Pts


1      1              DUJARDIN, Charlotte                 VALEGRO                                GBR           3228

2      2              GAL, Edward                            GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER N.O.P.   NED           2654

3      3              BRÖRING-SPREHE, Kristina        DESPERADOS FRH                    GER           2631

4      4              CORNELISSEN, Adelinde            JERICH PARZIVAL N.O.P.           NED           2527

5      6              VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica  UNEE BB                                 GER           2343

6      5              VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne      DON AURIELLO                        SWE           2335

7      7              PETERS, Steffen                        LEGOLAS 92                            USA           2288

8      8              GRAVES, Laura                         VERDADES                               USA           2284

9      11            WERTH, Isabell                          DON JOHNSON FRH                  GER           2284

10    9               HEIJKOOP, Danielle                   SIRO N.O.P.                            NED            2281

11    12             SALZGEBER, Ulla                      HERZRUF’S ERBE                      GER           2213

12    18             KITTEL, Patrik                           DEJA                                       SWE           2207

13    13             MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter          GLOCK’S FLIRT                         NED           2197

14    14             VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik            ARLANDO N.O.P.                       NED           2194

15    15             LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne              D’AGOSTINO FRH                      GER           2194

16    16             MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter          GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN               NED           2180

17    17             KITTEL, Patrik                           WATERMILL SCANDIC                SWE          2179

18    20             HESTER, Carl                             NIP TUCK                                 GBR          2177  

19    19             GAL, Edward                              GLOCK’S VOICE                       NED           2168

20    26             BALKENHOL, Anabel                    DABLINO FRH                          GER           2112






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