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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