American Olympic Team Riders & Horses Move Up World Rankings
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July 2, 2016
American riders and horses competing in Europe for selection for the U.S. Olympic team moved up the world rankings to their highest level so far, according to the latest standings compiled by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).
Steffen Peters on Legolas remained the top ranked American pair at No. 7 while Laura Graves on Verdades moved up to 11th, two places higher than the previous month and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet climbed three places to 21st. Allison Brock on Rosevelt moved up one slot to 33rd.
Germany’s Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados FRH were No. 1 as they have been all this year.
Inessa Merkulove on Mister X moved to 5th place, the highest so far for the Russian pair and up from No. 8.
The biggest move in the top 50 was made by Juliette Ramel on Buriel K.H. that were named to the Swedish team for Rio de Janeiro, jumping to the 36th spot from 220 the previous month.
Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival, the No. 1 combination in the world before being dethroned by Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro in 2012, reversed their drop in the rankings by going to No. 42 from 124 at the end of May.
Charlotte and Valegro edged up one spot to 46th in the world although the duo has not competed since the European Championships last August.