Isabell Werth Still World No. 1 With Weihegold, Moves to No. 11 On Emilio, Jumps to 81st With Don Johnson
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Dec. 1, 2016
Isabell Werth remained No. 1 in the world with her Olympic team gold medal mount Weihegold OLD, moved up a couple of places to No. 11 on Emilio and jumped to 81st from 278th on Don Johnson back from almost a year out of competition.
Isabell and Weihegold, the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare she rode to German team gold and individual silver at the Rio Games in August, was the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) top combination at the end of November for the second month. Full rankings are available here.
Olympic team mates Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados FRH and Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH filled the second and third spots, respectively.
American Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida on Verdades was again at No. 4 with Steffen Peters of San Diego, California on Legolas in the seventh spot.
Most changes were relatively small in the top 50 of the 820 ranked pairs in the world, the biggest move being the German 2012 Olympic partnership of Anabel Balkenhol on Dablino FRH climbing to 27th from 71st.
Fellow German Fabienne Lütkemeier and Fabregaz became 77th in the world from 261st the previous month and Isabell Werth on Don Johnson, with three victories in four starts in November after returning from an injury time out moved, to 81st from No. 278 at the end of October. Beatrice Buchwald, on her own after being an assistant trainer with Isabell, was ranked 95th on Daily Pleasure, up from No. 243 the previous month.
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro will be 42nd in the world when the pair retire at the London Olympia show later this month after being atop the standings for most of the past four years with a record of three Olympic gold medals and multiple world and European golds as well as two World Cup titles.
In the youth rankings, Austria’s Diana Porsche on Di Sandro was No. 1 in the Under-25 division for the fourth straight month and Jeanine Nieuwenhuis of the Netherlands led the standings on TC Athene for the eighth straight month.
Semmieke Rothenburger of Germany was the top Junior rider on Dissertation, a position the pair has filled since July. Semmieke is the 17-year-old younger sister of Olympic team gold medal rider Sönke Rothenburger who is ranked No. 16 on Cosmo on the senior rider standings
The top 30 in the world as of Nov. 30: