Sönke Rothenberger & Cosmo Move Up in Latest World Rankings After Career Best Performance
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LAUSANNE, Switzerlad, May 2, 2017–Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo moved up to No. 8 in the world in the latest rankings released Tuesday while the World Cup success of the USA’s Laura Graves and Verdades maintained their fourth place behind the top three German Olympic combinations.
Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD, the Olympic team gold and individual silver medalists and World Cup champion, remained atop the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) standings for the seventh straight month. Rio team mates Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados FRH and Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH filled the second and third places, respectively.
Laura and Verdades were the highest ranked American pair with Great Britain’s Carl Hester and Nip Tuck at No. 5 as they were at the end of March.
Isabell Werth and Emilio stood in sixth place, and also in 13th with Don Johnson FRH, while Spain’s Severo Jurado Lopez was seventh.
Sönke and the 10-year-old Cosmo moved up one spot to No. 8 to bump Russia’s Inessa Merkulova and Mister X down to ninth place.
The USA’s Steffen Peters on Legolas that he has not competed since last summer’s Olympics rounded out the top 10, and on the 10-year-old Rosamunde remained at 24th in the world.
Omaha World Cup performances moved former champion Edward Gal on Glock’s Voice up to 15th from 17th, Ireland’s Judy Reynolds on Vancouver K to No. 17 from 20th, Holland’s Madeleine Witte-Vrees and Cennin up to 21st from 25th and Australia’s Kristy Oatley and Du Soleil to 33rd from 39th.
Anne Meulendijks of the Netherlands on MDH Avanti took over as the top ranked Under-25 from Dianea Porsche of Austria on Di Sandro who was in second place.
Lina Uzunhasan, who switched to riding for the United States instead of Turkey earlier this year, shot up the Young Rider rankings on Donna Ray to No. 4 in the world from 128th the previous month.
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