Laura Graves & Verdades World No. 1 for 2nd Month, Big Rankings Gains by Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain Combinations

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Nov. 1, 2018

America’s Laura Graves and Verdades, the first United States combination to top the global standings, were world No. 1 for the second straight month in the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings as of the end of October and published Thursday.

Sweden’s seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén on Don Auriello, Denmark’s Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Don Olymbrio and Cathrine Dufour on Bohemian and Gareth Hughes of Great Britain on Classic Briolinca made dramatic moves up the rankings after posting top results in September.

The complete rankings can be viewed here.

Laura Graves of the Orlando community of Geneva, Florida is giving her 16-year-old KWPN gelding partner a lengthy break after the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina where they also created history for an American by winning both team and individual silver medals.

The pair on 2,714 points from the eight best competitions in the past year remained one point ahead of German superstar Isabell Werth who stands second on her Olympic, European Championships and double World Cup champion mount Weihegold OLD, third on Emilio that she is competing this week at the World Cup event in Lyon, France and fourth on her favorite, Bella Rose, that she took team and individual gold at the Tryon World Games.

Daniel and Blue Hors Zack, successful at home at Herning, the opening World Cup Western European League event last month, moved up to 11th from 13th the previous month, one of relatively minor changes in the top group of ranked combinations.

American team mates Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet edged up to 13th from 14th in September and Adrienne Lyle on Salvino jumped three spots to No. 17, the highest rankings ever for the two combinations, both based in Wellington, Florida.

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Don Auriello, the Hanoverian gelding that she debuted at Big Tour in Florida almost eight years ago and went on to compete for Sweden at two Olympics, two World Games and four World Cup Finals, was ranked 31st at the end of October. The pair were out of competition with injuries after the 2016 Rio Olympics but in the past four months Tinne and the 16-year-old Don Auriello have climbed from 493rd in the world.

Daniel Bachmann Andersen on the 10-year-old KWPN stallion Don Olymbrio that competed in the CDI3* at Herning while Zack was in the World Cup, vaulted to No. 41, up from 208th the previous month.

Danish team mate Cathrine Dufour on Bohemian, the eight-year-old Westfalen gelding that began Big Tour six months ago, made an equally big jump based on results at Herning, to No. 44 from 214th at the end of September.

Britain’s Gareth Hughes who on Classic Briolinca, a 12-year-old KWPN mare, dominated the CDI3* at Le Mans, France last month to leap to No. 42 in the world from 188th at the end of September.