Adelinde Cornelissen & Parzival Back at World No. 1

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Adelinde Cornelissen and Jeich Parzival . © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jeich Parzival . © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Adelinde Cornelissen and the 16-year-old Jerich Parzival will be heading to the European Dressage Championships in Herning, Denmark in two weeks as world number one in the musical chairs of the top slot that has alternated with Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro since the Olympics in London a year ago.

The Dutch rider and the chestnut KWPN gelding lead the FEI World Dressage Rankings by 97 points in the latest standings as of July 31, ahead of the 2013 World Cup champions Helen Langehanenberg of Germany and Damon Hill NRW, in second place with 2,802 points.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and her 11-year-old Olympic double gold partner Valegro, who became the first British combination to head the world rankings last September, are third with 2,536 points.

The biggest mover in the Top 40 is 27-year-old Michael Eilberg of Great Britain and 11-year-old gray mare Half Moon Delphi, who have shot up to 31st place from 159th thanks mainly to their Grand Prix Special victory at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage where they posted a personal best score of 74.583per cent, and second place in the Grand Prix Special at the Peterhof Dressur Gala in Perl-Borg, Germany.

Michael and Half Moon Delphi will make their senior European Championships debut in Herning, where they join Britain’s Olympic gold medal trio of Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Carl Hester on Uthopia and Laura Tomlinson on Mistral Hojris.

FEI World Dressage Rankings Top 20:

Rank Previous   Athlete   Horse NF Points
1 2   CORNELISSEN, Adelinde   JERICH PARZIVAL NED 2899
2 3   LANGEHANENBERG, Helen   DAMON HILL NRW GER 2802
3 1   DUJARDIN, Charlotte   VALEGRO GBR 2536
4 4   GAL, Edward   GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER NED 2518
5 5   SPREHE, Kristina   ESPERADOS FRH GER 2494
6 6   VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne   DON AURIELLO SWE 2438
7 7   WERTH, Isabell   DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2331
8 8   KITTEL, Patrick   WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C. SWE 2320
9 9   TRUPPA, Valentina   FIXDESIGN EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2307
10 10   KASPRZAK, Anna   DONNPERIGNON DEN 2235
11 11   ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN, Nathalie   DIGBY DEN 2199
12 13   BALKENHOL, Anabel   DABLINO FRH GER 2144
13 12   MAX-THEURER, Victoria   AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2087
14 14   PETERS, Steffen   LEGOLAS 92 USA 2086
15 15   MAX-THEURER, Victoria   BLIND DATE 25 AUT 1998
16 16   JOHANSEN, Sidsel   SCHIANTO DEN 1973
17 17   TELDE, Minna   SANTANA SWE 1961
18 19   PETERSEN, Lars   MARIETT DEN 1915
19 20   HESTER, Carl   DANCES WITH WOLVES GBR 1910
20 22   KONYOT, Tina   CALECTO V USA 1898