Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro Back At No. 1 in World

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Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro with gold medal at the European Championship. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro with gold medal at the European Championship. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

One year after their Olympic triumph, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are back at the top of the International Equestrian Federation’s world dressage rankings after their record-setting European Championship performances.

Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW take over the second spot, pushing the Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival to third for their lowest ranking in four years in the latest standings as of the end of August.

Charlotte and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding won two individual gold medals and one team bronze at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark last month. The pair first made it to the top of the rankings a year ago after winning double gold at the London Olympic Games and since then has been alternating with Adelinde and Parzival at the top.

Helen and the 13-year-old stallion won team gold and two individual silvers at the Europeans while Adelinde whose Parzival recovered from a heart surgery to win team silver and two individual bronze medals in Herning.

The biggest changes in the top 20 rankings were Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand and Akeem Fodager moving to the 16th place from 46 the previous month and Great Britain’s Carl Hester and Uthopia jumping to 19th place from 91st at the end of July.

 The top 20 ranked combination as of the end of August:
Rank Previous Athlete Horse NF Points
1 3 DUJARDIN, Charlotte VALEGRO GBR 2915
2 2 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen DAMON HILL NRW GER 2848
3 1 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL NED 2818
4 4 GAL, Edward GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER NED 2608
5 5 SPREHE, Kristina DESPERADOS FRH GER 2454
6 6 VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne DON AURIELLO SWE 2426
7 7 WERTH, Isabell DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2341
8 10 KASPRZAK, Anna DONNPERIGNON DEN 2267
9 8 KITTEL, Patrick WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C. SWE 2261
10 9 TRUPPA, Valentina FIXDESIGN EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2252
11 11 ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN, Nathalie DIGBY DEN 2165
12 12 BALKENHOL, Anabel DABLINO FRH GER 2156
13 14 PETERS, Steffen LEGOLAS 92 USA 2106
14 13 MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2042
15 24 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne D’AGOSTINO 5 GER 2009
16 46 HELGSTRAND, Andreas AKEEM FOLDAGER DEN 2001
17 15 MAX-THEURER, Victoria BLIND DATE 25 AUT 1998
18 16 JOHANSEN, Sidsel M. SCHIANTO DEN 1973
19 81 HESTER, Carl UTHOPIA GBR 1970
20 17 TELDE, Minna SANTANA SWE 1965
21 18 PETERSEN, Lars MARIETT DEN 1915
22 19 HESTER, Carl DANCES WITH WOLVES GBR 1910
23 23 CAPELLMANN, Nadine GIRASOL 7 GER 1903
24 25 MARTIN DOCKX, JOSE DANIEL GRANDIOSO ESP 1899
25 31 EILBERG, Michael George HALF MOON DELPHI GBR 1894