Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro Back on Top of World Rankings

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Charlotte Dujardin and Vslegro in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at Olympia. © 2012 FEI/Kit Houghton

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan. 10–Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, the first British combination to head the FEI World Dressage Rankings, have started the New Year in style by reclaiming the top spot in the latest standings released Thursday.

Victories at the World Cup qualifier at home at London Olympia in December, and a world record score in the Grand Prix at the same event, the double Olympic gold medallist and her 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding moved to the top spot with 2,943 points.

The Dutch combination of Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, the London 2012 Olympic silver medallists, are in second place just 37 points behind on 2,907.

The British and Dutch pairs have traded places at the top since the Olympics in London last August.

There are no other changes in the Top Ten, with Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW holding onto third (2,731) followed by another British duo – Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris – still in fourth place on 2,555 points.

FEI World Dressage Rankings Top 10:

1. Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) Valegro, 2943
2. Adelinde Cornelissen (NED) Jerich Parzival, 2907
3. Helen Langehanenberg (GER) Damon Hill NRW, 2731
4. Laura Bechtolsheimer (GBR) Mistral Hojris, 2555
5. Kristina Sprehe (GER) Desperados FRH, 2532
6. Valentina Truppa (ITA) Fixdesign Eremo Del Castegno, 2358
7. Edward Gal (NED) Glock’s Undercover, 2320
8. Isabell Werth (GER) El Santo NRW, 2290
9. Victoria Max-Theurer (AUT) Augustin Old, 2284
10. Dorothee Schneider (GER) Diva Royal, 2257