German Team Riders & Horses #1, 2, 3 In Final Pre-Olympic World Rankings

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Kristina Brorign-Sprehe riding Desperados to top individual in the Grand Prix Special to lead Germany to Nations Cup victory at Aachen last month. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kristina Brorign-Sprehe riding Desperados to top individual in the Grand Prix Special to lead Germany to Nations Cup victory at Aachen last month. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Aug. 2, 2016

German team riders and horses Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados, Isabell Werth and Weihegold and Dorothee Schneider and Showtime are No. 1, 2 and 3 in the final pre-Olympic world rankings posted Tuesday by the International Equestrian Federation FEI). Three of the United States Olympic team combinations were also in the top 25, the only nation aside from Germany to rank so many declared Olympic riders and horses so high.

Kristina and Desperados, the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion that have been world No. 1 all this year, maintained the top ranking as the horse arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the pair’s second Olympic Games, having won team silver in London in 2012.

Isabell and Weihegold, the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare that the five-time Olympic gold medal rider will compete in the horse’s first championships outside Germany, jumped 50 places to No. 2 in the world following performances at the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany last month.

Dorothee Schneider, who also made her Olympic debut for Germany at the 2012 Games, is ranked No. 3, on Showtime, the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, up from the 15th place the previous month.

Sönke Rothenberger, 21 years old, on Cosmo, nine-year-old KWPN gelding and the fourth pair on the German team at Rio, shot up 81 places to 16th in the world.

Isabell had three horses in the top 10–Don Johnson FRH at No. 5, down from third the previous month, and Emilio at No. 9, up from 13th at the end of June.

The German juggernaut pushed Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on Delgado to No. 4 from second in the previous month’s standings, as it also nudged several other combinations down a place or two.

Steffen Peters and Legolas for the USA in the Aachen Nations Cup. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Legolas for the USA in the Aachen Nations Cup. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Rankings of the U.S. team combinations were Steffen Peters on Legolas No. 8, one spot down from the previous month, Laura Graves on Verdades. at No. 13 down two spots, and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, also down two spots to No. 23. Allison Brock on Rosevelt, the fourth member of the team, was at No 37, down four places from the previous month.

FEI rankings of top 25 combinations:
Rank Prev. Athlete Horse NF Points
1 1 BRÖRING-SPREHE, Kristina
DESPERADOS FRH GER 2766
2 52 WERTH, Isabell
WEIHEGOLD OLD GER 2569
3 15 SCHNEIDER, Dorothee
SHOWTIME FRH GER 2454
4 2 FERRER – SALAT, Beatriz
DELGADO ESP 2414
5 3 WERTH, Isabell
DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2365
6 6 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2337
7 5 MERKULOVA, Inessa
MISTER X RUS 2332
8 7 PETERS, Steffen
LEGOLAS 92 USA 2327
9 13 WERTH, Isabell
EMILIO 107 GER 2305
10 4 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
UNEE BB GER 2304
11 10 HESTER, Carl
NIP TUCK GBR 2290
12 8 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne
DON AURIELLO SWE 2283
13 11 GRAVES, Laura
VERDADES USA 2244
14 12 VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik
ARLANDO N.O.P. NED 2239
15 9 KITTEL, Patrik
DEJA SWE 2239
16 97 ROTHENBERGER, Sönke
COSMO 59 GER 2187
17 14 BIGWOOD, Fiona
ORTHILIA GBR 2165
18 18 SCHMIDT, Hubertus
IMPERIO 3 GER 2143
19 17 PETERS, Steffen
ROSAMUNDE USA 2133
20 20 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
ZAIRE-E GER 2104
21 19 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne
D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2091
22 16 KASPRZAK, Anna
DONNPERIGNON DEN 2079
23 21 PERRY-GLASS, Kasey
DUBLET USA 2065
24 22 GUNDERSEN, Mikala Münter
MY LADY DEN 2058
25 25 REYNOLDS, Judy
VANCOUVER K IRL 2045

Complete rankings: https://data.fei.org/Ranking/Search.aspx?rankingCode=D_WRhttps://data.fei.org/Ranking/Search.aspx?rankingCode=D_WR