Sönke Rothenberger & Cosmo Move Up in Latest World Rankings After Career Best Performance

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Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo. File photo © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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.

The top 30 Big Tour combinations:

 

 

1 1 WERTH, Isabell
WEIHEGOLD OLD GER 3017
2 2 BRÖRING-SPREHE, Kristina
DESPERADOS FRH GER 2789
3 3 SCHNEIDER, Dorothee
SHOWTIME FRH GER 2696
4 4 GRAVES, Laura
VERDADES USA 2610
5 5 HESTER, Carl
NIP TUCK GBR 2523
6 6 WERTH, Isabell
EMILIO 107 GER 2502
7 7 JURADO LOPEZ, Severo Jesus
LORENZO ESP 2397
8 9 ROTHENBERGER, Sönke
COSMO 59 GER 2341
9 8 MERKULOVA, Inessa
MISTER X RUS 2339
10 10 PETERS, Steffen
LEGOLAS 92 USA 2285
11 11 DUFOUR, Cathrine
ATTERUPGAARDS CASSIDY DEN 2276
12 12 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2253
13 13 WERTH, Isabell
DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2253
14 14 VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik
ARLANDO NED 2248
15 17 GAL, Edward
GLOCK’S VOICE NED 2198
16 16 KITTEL, Patrik
DEJA SWE 2196
17 20 REYNOLDS, Judy
VANCOUVER K IRL 2168
18 19 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
ZAIRE-E GER 2168
19 18 PERRY-GLASS, Kasey
GOERKLINTGAARDS DUBLET USA 2145
20 22 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne
D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2095
21 25 WITTE-VREES, Madeleine
CENNIN NED 2069
22 23 BALKENHOL, Anabel
DABLINO FRH GER 2063
23 27 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne
PARIDON MAGI SWE 2057
24 24 PETERS, Steffen
ROSAMUNDE USA 2048
25 32 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne
FABREGAZ GER 2017
26 28 WILTON, Spencer
SUPER NOVA II GBR 2013
27 29 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN N.O.P. NED 1998
28 26 SCHMIDT, Hubertus
IMPERIO 3 GER 1991
29 30 KRINKE SUSMELJ, Marcela
SMEYERS MOLBERG SUI 1987
30 33 VERWIMP, Jorinde
TIAMO BEL 1957