Cathrine Dufour & Cassidy Jump to No. 3 in World, Bumping Isabell Werth & Emilio to 5th–Official

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Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy. File photo. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Mar. 4, 2018

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy jumped to No. 3 in the world in the latest rankings, swapping places with Isabell Werth and Emilio that the young star beat last month to become the highest ranked Danish combination in more than a decade.

Isabell, though, remained atop the standings with Weihegold OLD for the 17th straight month with her Olympic gold medal team mate Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo at No. 2 since August, 2017, according to the standings.

America’s Laura Graves and Verdades stayed at No. 4 that she moved into during the Rio Olympics in August, 2016–climbing to the second spot in July, 2017 and third until November last year before again becoming No. 4.

The latest rankings, released Monday by the FEI, the International Equestrian Federation, come near the end of almost a year of qualifying competitions around the globe for the World Cup Final in Paris next month.

Laura Graves and Verdades at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington clinching start at the World Cup Final. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Defending champion Isabell Werth on the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare Weihegold will be challenged by Cathrine and Cassidy, the new world No. 3 who last month twice beat the German superstar on Emilio, and Laura and the 16-year-old KWPN that is the only couple to defeat the No. 1 pair since the 2016 Olympics. They did so at the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Grand Prix Special in Aachen, Germany last July.

The ranking for Cathrine, 26, and Cassidy, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, is the highest for a Danish combination since Andreas Helgstrand on Matiné stood at No. 2 in April, 2007 following the pair’s success at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen the year before.

She will be going to her first Final to challenge Isabell on Weihegold, the 2017 World Cup champion, and Laura on Verdades, the reserve champion for the annual championship of the Grand Prix freestyle.

Fellow Danes Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Zack, who is also seeking to go to the World Cup Final, moved to 15th, up from 23rd the previous month while Anna Kasprzak on Donnperignon shifted to No. 23 from 22nd.

Isabell remained at No. 6 with Don Johnson FRH, and fellow German Olympic rider Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. was again in seventh.

Helen Langehanenberg moved up one place to No. 8 with Damsey FRH based on performances in February by the German Olympic rider and the American-owned 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion. Helen is taking a baby break from competition for the next few months.

Patrik Kittel, the three-time Olympian for Sweden, was in the top 10 with two horses–Deja at No. 9 and Delaunay at No. 10.

The biggest moves upward were Adrienne Lyle of the United States on Salvino to No. 27 from 56th the previous month, Great Britain’s Emile Faurie on Delatio to 34th from 157th and American Ashley Holzer on Havanna to 49th from 69th over the month.

The complete rankings are available here.

The top 30:

Rank Previous Athlete Horse Nat. Points
1 1 WERTH, Isabell
WEIHEGOLD OLD GER 2948
2 2
ROTHENBERGER, Sönke
COSMO 59 GER 2586
3 5 DUFOUR, Cathrine
ATTERUPGAARDS CASSIDY DEN 2583
4 4
GRAVES, Laura
VERDADES USA 2578
5 3 WERTH, Isabell
EMILIO 107 GER 2575
6 6 WERTH, Isabell
DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2392
7 7
SCHNEIDER, Dorothee
SAMMY DAVIS JR. GER 2330
8 9 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen
DAMSEY FRH GER 2304
9 8 KITTEL, Patrik
DEJA SWE 2246
10 12
KITTEL, Patrik
DELAUNAY OLD SWE 2213
11 11 NILSHAGEN, Therese
DANTE WELTINO OLD SWE 2204
12 10
VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
UNEE BB GER 2198
13 13 WILTON, Spencer
SUPER NOVA II GBR 2181
14 14 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne
PARIDON MAGI SWE 2145
15 23
ANDERSEN, Daniel Bachmann
BLUE HORS ZACK DEN 2141
16 15
VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
ZAIRE-E GER 2138
17 16 FERRER – SALAT, Beatriz
DELGADO ESP 2136
18 17 WITTE-VREES, Madeleine
CENNIN NED 2130
19 18 GAL, Edward
GLOCK’S ZONIK N.O.P. NED 2127
20 21
LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne
FABREGAZ GER 2101
21 19 REYNOLDS, Judy
VANCOUVER K IRL 2091
22 20 MERKULOVA, Inessa
MISTER X RUS 2089
23 22 KASPRZAK, Anna
DONNPERIGNON DEN 2066
24 25
LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne
D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2006
25 26
JURADO LOPEZ, Severo Jesus
DEEP IMPACT 3 ESP 2003
26 27 GAL, Edward
GLOCK’S VOICE NED 1988
27 56 LYLE, Adrienne
SALVINO USA 1985
28 28 SCHMIDT, Hubertus
IMPERIO 3 GER 1964
29 32
VERWIMP, Jorinde
TIAMO BEL 1964
30 24 PERRY-GLASS, Kasey
GOERKLINTGAARDS DUBLET USA 1963