Edward Gal & Totilas, a Pair No More, Still Atop FEI Rankings for 2011

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Edward Gal on Totilas leaving the WEG arena to a standing ovation after what they did not know at the time was their final competition together. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Edward Gal and Totilas leaving the WEG arena to a standing ovation after their final competition together. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan. 5–Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas, whose partnership ended after winning three gold medals at the World Equestrian Games three months ago, are still atop the International Equestrian Federation individual rankings at the start of 2011.

According to the latest rankings, the Dutch combination are No. 1, followed by team mate Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, Great Britain’s triple silver medal pair of Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris in third place, the USA’s Steffen Peters and Ravel fourth and Isabell Werth on Warum Nicht FRH and Satchmo 78 in fifth and sixth places, respectively.

Edward Gal on Sisther de Jeu made the biggest leap in the top 30 ranked combinations, moving to 17th place from 98th as a result of winning the World Cup qualifier in the final dressage competition of 2010, Mechelen, Belgium.

Isabell Werth’s results on El Santo NRW from the Frankfurt World Cup qualifier earlier in December moved that pair to 28th place from No. 67.

The FEI has said a combination is no longer listed after the body is notified of a change in ownership of the horse and that the rider has changed. Totilas was sold more than two months ago to Paul Schockemöhle of Performance Sales International of Germany and Matthias Alexander Rath was named as the new rider but has not yet competed the 11-year-old stallion.

The top 30 rankings:

1 1 GAL, Edward MOORLANDS TOTILAS NED 2745
2 2 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL NED 2381
3 3 BECHTOLSHEIMER, Laura MISTRAL HOJRIS GBR 2331
4 4 PETERS, Steffen RAVEL USA 2146
5 5 WERTH, Isabell WARUM NICHT FRH GER 2044
6 7 WERTH, Isabell SATCHMO 78 GER 2035
7 6 SCHELLEKENS-BARTELS, Imke HUNTER DOUGLAS SUNRISE NED 1988
8 9 MAX – THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 1949
9 8 VAN GRUNSVEN, Anky IPS PAINTED BLACK NED 1948
10 10 SALZGEBER, Ulla HERZRUF’S ERBE GER 1856
11 11 RATH, Matthias Alexander STERNTALER-UNICEF GER 1848
12 12 MUÑOZ DIAZ, JUAN MANUEL FUEGO XII ESP 1844
13 14 KOSCHEL, Christoph DONNPERIGNON GER 1802
14 13 ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN, Nathalie DIGBY DEN 1797
15 15 SCHMIDT, Hubertus DONNELLY 3 GER 1761
16 16 BALKENHOL, Anabel DABLINO GER 1747
17 98 GAL, Edward SISTHER DE JEU NED 1745
18 21 WILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne FAVOURIT SWE 1687
19 22 TRUPPA, Valentina EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 1681
20 17 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter EXQUIS NADINE NED 1680
21 23 HOLZER, Ashley POP ART CAN 1668
22 24 SALZGEBER, Ulla WAKANA GER 1664
23 20 BECHTOLSHEIMER, Laura ANDRETTI H GBR 1652
24 18 THEODORESCU, Monica WHISPER 128 GER 1640
25 26 RATH, Matthias Alexander TRIVIANT UNICEF GER 1611
26 25 KOPPELMANN, Carola LE BO GER 1602
27 31 KONYOT, Tina CALECTO V USA 1586
28 67 WERTH, Isabell EL SANTO NRW GER 1585
29 28 DAVISON, Richard ARTEMIS GBR 1585
30 29 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen RESPONSIBLE OLD GER 1559