Isabell Werth Still World No. 1 With Weihegold, Moves to No. 11 On Emilio, Jumps to 81st With Don Johnson

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Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD at the Rio summer Olympics. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD at the Rio summer Olympics. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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:

Rank Prev. Athlete Horse NF Points
1 1 WERTH, Isabell
WEIHEGOLD OLD GER 2928
2 2 BRÖRING-SPREHE, Kristina
DESPERADOS FRH GER 2823
3 3 SCHNEIDER, Dorothee
SHOWTIME FRH GER 2657
4 4 GRAVES, Laura
VERDADES USA 2462
5 5 HESTER, Carl
NIP TUCK GBR 2448
6 6 MERKULOVA, Inessa
MISTER X RUS 2404
7 7 PETERS, Steffen
LEGOLAS 92 USA 2387
8 9 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne
DON AURIELLO SWE 2369
9 10 JURADO LOPEZ, Severo Jesus
LORENZO ESP 2355
10 12 VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik
ARLANDO N.O.P. NED 2323
11 13 WERTH, Isabell
EMILIO 107 GER 2315
12 11 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2313
13 8 FERRER – SALAT, Beatriz
DELGADO ESP 2308
14 14 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
UNEE BB GER 2270
15 16 KITTEL, Patrik
DEJA SWE 2264
16 15 ROTHENBERGER, Sönke
COSMO 59 GER 2263
17 17 BIGWOOD, Fiona
ATTERUPGAARDS ORTHILIA GBR 2230
18 22 DUFOUR, Cathrine
ATTERUPGAARDS CASSIDY DEN 2196
19 21 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
ZAIRE-E GER 2170
20 18 KASPRZAK, Anna
DONNPERIGNON DEN 2168
21 19 REYNOLDS, Judy
VANCOUVER K IRL 2151
22 20 PERRY-GLASS, Kasey
GOERKLINTGAARDS DUBLET USA 2150
23 23 PETERS, Steffen
ROSAMUNDE USA 2102
24 25 TEBAR, Karen
DON LUIS FRA 2094
25 24 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne
D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2093
26 26 SCHMIDT, Hubertus
IMPERIO 3 GER 2087
27 71 BALKENHOL, Anabel
DABLINO FRH GER 2048
28 27 BROCK, Allison M
ROSEVELT USA 2037
29 28 KIRK THINGGAARD, Agnete
JOJO AZ DEN 2027
30 33 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne
PARIDON MAGI SWE 2026