Steffen Peters & Ravel Move Up to No. 2 in World

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Steffen Peters and Ravel after winning CDIO Grand Prix Freestyle in Aachen in July. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Ravel after winning CDIO Grand Prix Freestyle in Aachen in July. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug. 12–Steffen Peters and Ravel, the 2009 World Cup champions, have climbed to the second ranked combination in the world on the strength of their historic triple CDIO victories at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, last month.

“All of this happened within exactly one year,” Peters told dressage-news.com Thursday after the release of the rankings.

“All I can say is: thank you Ravel, Shannon, Akiko and Jerry. It has been a life changing experience.”

The references were to his wife, Shannon, and Ravel’s owners, Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang.

The latest FEI Rankings released Wednesday by the International Equestrian Federation shows German Olympian Isabell Werth and Satchmo at the top of the standings with 2,249 points accumulated over the year to July 31.

Peters of San Diego, California, and the Dutch warmblood gelding have 2,145 points that moved them up to second place from fifth in the previous month’s rankings, swapping places with Werth and Warum Nicht FRH.

Anky van Grunsven and Salinero were in third place on 2,111 points with Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival, the Dutch combination resuming their show schedule after an injury to the horse knocked them out of the World Cup in Las Vegas in April, had 2,080 points to maintain their fourth place ranking.

Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas, the Dutch combination that won the Grand Prix and posted a world record score in the Musical Freestyle at the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI5* in Hickstead, England, last month made the biggest jump in the rankings to 89th place with 1,207 points from 256th position.

Almost as dramatic a leap was that by Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand and Tannenhof’s Carabas to 85th place with 1,259 points, from 215th place the previous month.

Rounding out the top 20 in the latest rankings with the previous month’s rankings in parentheses were:

6. (6) Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris Great Britain 2009 points
7. (7) Anky van Grunsven and IPS Painted Black Netherlands 1928
8. (9) Hans Peter Minderhoud and Exquis Nadine Netherlands 1855
9. (8) Monica Theodorescu and Whisper 128 Germany 1853
10. (11) Matthias Alexander Rather and Sterntaler-Unicef Germany 1807
11. (10) Kyra Kyrklund and Max Finland 1801
12 (13) Ashley Holzer and Pop Art Canada 1758
13 (51) Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Hunter Douglas Sunrise Netherlands1729
14 (12) Ulla Salzgeber and Herzruf’s Erbe Germany 725
15 (15) Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby Denmark 1717
16 (21) Emma Hindle and Lancet 2 Great Britain 1708
17 (16) Heike Kemmer and Bonaparte Germany 1700
18 (18) Hans Peter Minderhoud and Exquis Escapado Netherlands 1686
19 (19) Victoria Max-Theuer and Augustin OLD Austria 1658
20 (17) Jeanette Haazen and Nartan Netherlands 1653