Adelinde & Parzival No. 1 in World

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Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival and Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris, the world's new No. 1 and No. 2 dressage combinations. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 8–Adelinde Cornelissen and the 14-year-old gelding Jerich Parzival are ranked No. 1 in in the latest dressage rankings, replacing Edward Gal and Totilas who filled the slot although their last competition was nine months ago.

Great Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris take over second place with Germany’s Ulla Salzgeber and Herzruf’s Erbe in third place.

Edward and the super-stallion Totilas had held the top spot for 19 months from Dec. 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011. Adelinde, 31, of The Netherlands, had been No. 1 for three months prior to Edward and Totilas taking over.

During their Grand Prix career, the Edward-Totilas combination claimed all three world record scores–Grand Prix, Special and Freestyle–all three dressage gold medals at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, the 2010 World Cup title and two gold medals and one silver at the 2009 European Championships.

Adelinde and Parzival won their first World Cup Final this year. The pair were team mates of Edward and Totilas at the 2009 European Championships and beat the combination in the Grand Prix Special, and again in the Grand Prix at the 2010 World Cup Final, the only combination to best Edward and Totilas at Grand Prix.

“I would like to congratulate Adelinde on taking over as world number one,” FEI Dressage Committee Chairman Frank Kemperman said. “She and Parzival have given some very powerful performances this year and I’m very happy that Adelinde is again in the pole position that she so richly deserves.”

Totilas was sold to Germany after last year’s WEG but sold horses remain on the rankings until notified by the new owner/athlete.

Totilas is now ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany who has competed the stallion four times at two different international competitions that earned the pair 1,108 points and place them in the 165th position.

The top 20:

Rank Previous Rider Name Horse Name NF Points
1 2 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL NED 2578
2 3 BECHTOLSHEIMER, Laura MISTRAL HOJRIS GBR 2465
3 6 SALZGEBER, Ulla HERZRUF’S ERBE GER 2200
4 8 KITTEL, Patrick WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C. SWE 2192
5 4 WERTH, Isabell WARUM NICHT FRH GER 2178
6 7 MAX – THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2132
7 5 WERTH, Isabell SATCHMO 78 GER 2098
8 10 ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN, Nathalie DIGBY DEN 2074
9 9 WERTH, Isabell EL SANTO NRW GER 2068
10 1 GAL, Edward TOTILAS NED 2066
11 16 KOSCHEL, Christoph DONNPERIGNON GER 2033
12 11 PETERS, Steffen RAVEL USA 2006
13 68 DUJARDIN, Charlotte VALEGRO GBR 1975
14 12 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen DAMON HILL NRW GER 1968
15 28 MUÑOZ DIAZ, JUAN MANUEL FUEGO DE CARDENAS ESP 1953
16 17 VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne FAVOURIT SWE 1937
17 14 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter EXQUIS NADINE NED 1917
18 18 BECHTOLSHEIMER, Laura ANDRETTI H GBR 1913
19 13 BALKENHOL, Anabel DABLINO GER 1847
20 25 TRUPPA, Valentina EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 1827