Adelinde & Parzival Top Global Dressage Rankings For First Time

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Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival after creating a world record Grand Prix Special score at the European Championships. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival after creating a world record Grand Prix Special score at the European Championships. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sept. 7–Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival of The Netherlands vaulted to the top of the latest global dressage rankings for the first time based on results from the European Championships that was only their second competition after a layoff of three months with an injury.

“Feels great!” she told dressage-news.com when learning of the rankings at the end of August.

The superstar combination of Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas skyrocketed up the rankings to third place with 2204 points from the previous month’s ranking of 91st place, also based on their results at Windsor, England.

The top Dutch combination climbed to first place from fourth with 2253 points to replace Isabell Werth and her 2008 Olympic mount Satchmo on 2249. The German pair slipped to second place. The Werth combination with Warum Nicht FRH fell to seventh place from fifth with 2052 points.

Cornelissen and Parzival won three qualifiers for the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in April, but did not start when the horse became lame.

After three months off, they competed in the World Dressage Masters CDI5* at Hickstead, England in July, followed a month later in the European Championships where they were on the gold medal winning Dutch team, won the Grand Prix Special with a world record score to claim another gold then won silver in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

The USA’s Steffen Peters and Ravel, who were in second place, their highest ever ranking after the pair sweept the three CDIO events at the World Equestrian Festival at Aachen, Germany, in July fell to fifth place in the latest standings with 2145 points.

Anky van Grunsven and her 2008 Olympic ride, Salinero, dropped one place to fourth with 2171 points and on IPS Painted Black to eighth place from seventh on 1928 points.

Great Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer on Mistral Hojris remained in sixth place on 2104 points while Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath and Sterntaler-Unicef swapped places with compatriot Monica Theodorescu and Whisper, moving to the ninth spot from 10.

The top 10 rankings:

Rank Previous Rider Name Horse Name NF Points
1 4 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde PARZIVAL NED 2253
2 1 WERTH, Isabell SATCHMO 78 GER 2249
3 91 GAL, Edward MOORLANDS TOTILAS NED 2204
4 3 VAN GRUNSVEN, Anky SALINERO NED 2171
5 2 PETERS, Steffen RAVEL USA 2145
6 6 BECHTOLSHEIMER, Laura MISTRAL HOJRIS GBR 2104
7 5 WERTH, Isabell WARUM NICHT FRH GER 2052
8 7 VAN GRUNSVEN, Anky IPS PAINTED BLACK NED 1928
9 10 RATH, Matthias Alexander STERNTALER-UNICEF GER 1875
10 9 THEODORESCU, Monica WHISPER 128 GER 1858