Isabell Werth & Weihegold Confirmed as World No. 1, Carl Hester & Nip Tuck Move to Fifth Spot

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Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Nov. 1, 2016

Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD were confirmed as world No. 1 in the latest International Equestrian Federation rankings released Tuesday to cap a year in which the German rider earned her 10th Olympic medal, more than any other equestrian.

Carl Hester on his Olympic mount Nip Tuck moved up to world No. 5, the highest ranking for the British team silver medal pair from both Rio de Janeiro and the 2015 European Championships.

The rankings can be seen here.

Isabell, 47 years old, and her 11-year-old Oldenburg mare, who followed up their team gold and individual silver at Rio with victories at the World Cup in Lyon, France last weekend, accumulated 2,869 points to jump ahead of Olympic team mates Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH that became No. 1 in January.

Isabell, the mother of a son, Frederik, who celebrated his seventh birthday last month, earned the top spot based on the best eight results over the past year. She took over the ride on Weihegold, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare, at the end of January after the horse was successful at small tour and developing Grand Prix when ridden by Beatrice Buchwald, an assistant trainer to Isabell at the time.

The partnership between Isabell and Weihegold was not even ranked at the beginning of this year and their first place in the standings was at 480 at the end of January after first and sixth placings in a World Cup event in Amsterdam.

This year has been one of the most memorable for Isabell who competed in her fifth Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2016) and bringing her tally of medals to 10, six of them gold, more than any other equestrian in more than a century of horse sports at the Games.

The last time she was No. 1 was in July 2009 with Satchmo, her 2008 Olympic team gold medal horse.

German Olympic team mates Kristin and Desperados and Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH were in the second and third places, respectively.

Laura Graves and Verdades remained the top American combination in fourth as they were the previous month while Steffen Peters and Legolas were ranked No. 7.

Severo Jurado Lopez and Lorenzo, who won the opening leg of the World Cup series in Odense, Denmark two weeks ago jumped four places to No. 10 while Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on Delgado dropped to eighth from five but still giving Spain two spots in the top 10.

The top 30:
Rank Prev. Athlete Horse NF Points
1 2 WERTH, Isabell WEIHEGOLD OLD GER 2869
2 1 BRÖRING-SPREHE, Kristina DESPERADOS FRH GER 2813
3 3 SCHNEIDER, Dorothee SHOWTIME FRH GER 2679
4 4 GRAVES, Laura VERDADES USA 2462
5 8 HESTER, Carl NIP TUCK GBR 2448
6 6 MERKULOVA, Inessa MISTER X RUS 2390
7 7 PETERS, Steffen LEGOLAS 92 USA 2387
8 5 FERRER – SALAT, Beatriz DELGADO ESP 2372
9 9 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne DON AURIELLO SWE 2369
10 14 JURADO LOPEZ, Severo Jesus LORENZO ESP 2355
11 10 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2337
12 11 VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik ARLANDO N.O.P. NED 2322
13 12 WERTH, Isabell EMILIO 107 GER 2294
14 13 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica UNEE BB GER 2287
15 16 ROTHENBERGER, Sönke COSMO 59 GER 2263
16 15 KITTEL, Patrik DEJA SWE 2242
17 18 BIGWOOD, Fiona ATTERUPGAARDS ORTHILIA GBR 2230
18 19 KASPRZAK, Anna DONNPERIGNON DEN 2168
19 20 REYNOLDS, Judy VANCOUVER K IRL 2151
20 21 PERRY-GLASS, Kasey GOERKLINTGAARDS DUBLET USA 2150
21 23 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica ZAIRE-E GER 2140
22 22 DUFOUR, Cathrine ATTERUPGAARDS CASSIDY DEN 2133
23 24 PETERS, Steffen ROSAMUNDE USA 2102
24 26 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2097
25 25 TEBAR, Karen DON LUIS FRA 2094
26 27 SCHMIDT, Hubertus IMPERIO 3 GER 2077
27 28 BROCK, Allison M ROSEVELT USA 2037
28 30 KIRK THINGGAARD, Agnete JOJO AZ DEN 2023
29 29 KRINKE SUSMELJ, Marcela SMEYERS MOLBERG SUI 2008
30 31 TRUSSELL, Belinda ANTON CAN 2003