Netherlands’ Edward Gal & Zonik, USA’s Adrienne Lyle & Salvino Shoot Up World Rankings

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Adrienne Lyle and Salvino completed the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix in Wellington, Florida in January. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb.1, 2018–Edward Gal, the former world No. 1, shot up 76 places in the world rankings with Glock’s Zonik to No. 18, boosted by a strong showing at the Amsterdam World Cup event in January.

The USA’s Adrienne Lyle on Salvino made an even bigger leap to 56th in the world, up 138 places from their end-of year ranking in 2017. Adrienne and Salvino boosted their standing with results from their only CDI so far in 2018, and only their fourth Big Tour event, after a six-month break from competition.

The rankings as of the end of January and released Thursday by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) show relatively minor changes in the top 10, except for the addition of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl giving Germany seven of the highest places, the most ever.

German superstar Isabell Werth on her Olympic team gold, World Cup and 2017 European Championship triple gold medal partner Weihegold OLD remained atop the standings with Emilio at No. 3 and Don Johnson FRH at No. 6.

Only Laura Graves of the United States on Verdades at No. 4, Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy at No. 5 and Sweden’s Patrik Kittel at No. 8 with Deja punctuated the German lineup at the top of the rankings of 705 horse and rider combinations.

Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo remained at No. 2, Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. No. 7 and Helen Langehanenberg on the American-owned Damsey FRH at No. 9, the same places as the previous month.

Jessica and Unee BB, the 17-year-old KWPN stallion, produced some of their best results since the rider returned to the saddle after having her first child last summer and edged out Sweden’s Therese Nilshagen on Dante Weltino OLD from the No. 10 spot.

Sweden’s seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén competing on Florida’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival winter circuit climbed six places to No. 14 on Paridon Magi, the horse she likely has earned a start at the World Cup Final in Paris in April.

The complete rankings are available here.