19-Year-Old Morgan Barbançon & Painted Black in Top 25 of World Rankings

7 years ago admin Comments Off on 19-Year-Old Morgan Barbançon & Painted Black in Top 25 of World Rankings
Spain's Morgan Barbançon and IPS Painted Black. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Spain’s Morgan Barbançon, who will turn 20 years old days after her first Olympics next month, has made a big leap with Painted Black to 22nd place from 115th in the latest International Equestrian Federation world rankings.

Morgan and the 15-year-old KWPN stallion (Gribaldi x Litchy x Ferro) have been riding in senior competitions only since the beginning of this year when they moved up from the Under-25 division. She is coached by Anky van Grunsven who rode Painted Black through 2010 and whose record included third place finishes at the World Cup Finals in both 2008 and 2009.

Morgan and Painted Black have been selected for Spain’s team for the London Games where the dressage competition starts on Aug. 2.

Anky also is going to the Games for Holland on her Salinero, a KWPN gelding (Salieri x Luna x Lungau) who is now 18 years old but on whom she won individual gold medal at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. The pair are ranked 13th in the world.

Other changes in the top 25 were relatively minor, though Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas slipped to 3rd place from 2nd that was taken by Great Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris with Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival still at the top of the rankings.

The top 25 rankings:

Rank Previous Rider Name Horse Name NF Points
1 1 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL NED 2733
2 3 BECHTOLSHEIMER, Laura MISTRAL HOJRIS GBR 2550
3 2 RATH, Matthias Alexander TOTILAS GER 2547
4 4 DUJARDIN, Charlotte VALEGRO GBR 2522
5 5 HESTER, Carl UTHOPIA GBR 2479
6 7 WERTH, Isabell EL SANTO NRW GER 2346
7 8 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen DAMON HILL NRW GER 2343
8 6 SALZGEBER, Ulla HERZRUF’S ERBE GER 2303
9 9 KITTEL, Patrick WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C. SWE 2270
10 10 TRUPPA, Valentina EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2220
11 11 SPREHE, Kristina DESPERADOS 11 GER 2200
12 12 MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2191
13 18 VAN GRUNSVEN, Anky SALINERO NED 2069
14 13 ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN, Nathalie DIGBY DEN 2065
15 19 VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne DON AURIELLO SWE 2061
16 15 PETERS, Steffen RAVEL USA 2042
17 17 PETERS, Steffen LEGOLAS 92 USA 2031
18 16 MUÑOZ DIAZ, JUAN MANUEL FUEGO DE CARDENAS ESP 2026
19 14 WERTH, Isabell WARUM NICHT FRH GER 2002
20 21 KITTEL, Patrick TOY STORY SWE 1998
21 20 THEODORESCU, Monica WHISPER 128 GER 1996
22 115 BARBANÇON MESTRES, MORGAN PAINTED BLACK ESP 1974
23 22 DAVISON, Richard HISCOX ARTEMIS GBR 1968
24 23 WERTH, Isabell DON JOHNSON 14 GER 1962
25 24 VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne