Isabell Werth & Emilio Shoot Up World Rankings, USA’s Kasey Perry-Glass & Dublet Into Top 25
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 1, 2016–Isabell Werth on Emilio shot up to No. 14 in the world from 103rd in the latest rankings released Wednesday on the eve of the German championships while the USA’s Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet moved into the top 25 as the pair compete in Europe for a place on America/s Olympic team.
German Olympian Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH remained No. 1 as they have all this year as the 29-year-old rider and the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion head the lineup of entries in the championships at Balve as a key step toward being selected for the summer Olympics in Rio.
Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on Delgado, the 2015 European Championships Freestyle bronze medal pair, climbed to No. 2 in the world ahead of Isabell and Don Johnson FRH that slipped a place as the horse is sidelined with an injury. Beatriz and Delgado are entered in the Spanish Championships that ar also being staged this week.
Isabell, the winner of five Olympic gold medals, began competing Emilio, a 10-year-old Westfalen gelding, at CDI Grand Prix last September. The German championships are a national competition.
Steffen Peters on Legolas competing in Europe for the first time this year as one of a group of Americans seeking selection to the U.S. Olympic team was ranked No. 7 on Legolas, the same as the previous month, and No. 17 on Rosamunde, down a couple of places. He will ride both horses at the Den Goubergh CDI4* in Roosendaal, Netherlands this week.
Laura Graves on Verdades, whose ranking remained unchanged at 13 will also compete this week.
Kasey and Dublet, that started Big Tour competition only this year, moved up to Mo. 24 from 29th based on their Nations Cup Grand Prix results in France last month where the pair was the top finishing American.
Team mate Allison Brock on Rosevelt moved up to 34th spot from 40th while Arlene “Tuny” Page on Woodstock moved up to 49th and Shelly Francis and Docktor rounded out the top 50.
Carl Hester, team gold medal rider from the 2012 Olympics on Uthopia that was in the midst of a sale, was No. 10 in the world on Nip Tuck that he plans to take to Rio while Fiona Bigwood, scheduled to compete Orthilia at Roosendaal this week, was at No. 18.
Valegro, ridden by Charlotte Dujardin to dominate top dressage since the 2012 double Olympic gold medal performances until this year, was in 47th place as the pair have not competed since last summer’s European Championships. The world rankings count only scores from the previous 12 months.
The FEI world rankings as of May 31, 2016: