Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl Makes Big Move Up World Rankings
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar. 6, 2014–Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany, hot off her double victory in last week’s World Cup qualifier, made a big move up the world rankings to No. 14, while Denmark’s young star Nanna Skodborg Merrald skyrocketed to 22nd from 264 in the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) standings released Wednesday.
Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain with Valegro remained atop the standings, with Helen Langehanenberg of Germany and Damon Hill NRW at No. 2 and Edward Gal of the Netherlands and Glock’s Undercover in third place.
However, the two twenty somethings were the standouts for the latest ranking period to Feb. 28.
The 28-year-old German rider who has had dramatic success with Unee BB in the World Cup Western European League circuit this season moved to 14th with 2,093 points right behind Steffen Peters of the United States. Jessica was 29th the previous month.
Nanna Skodborg Merrald is just 20 years old and was competing Millibar in the Under-25 division until last summer. Her first international Grand Prix was last October and in eight starts since then has notched five top five finishes.
Like Jessica, she likely will be invited to her first World Cup Final which is scheduled for Lyon, France in mid-April. Jessica is ranked third in the WEL standings and Nanna is tied at No. 5.