Germany’s European Championship Freestyle Medalists Plus Isabell Werth & Weihegold Top of World Rankings
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Oct. 1, 2019
The trio of German riders that captured the European Championship freestyle medals as well as team gold were clustered at the top of the latest world rankings along with Isabell Werth and her three-time World Cup champion mount Weihegold OLD.
Isabell and Bella Rose was at No. 1 for the third month in a row after returning to competition in mid-2018 from an injury absence of 3 1/2 years. On Weihegold, Isabell was ranked No. 2–and ninth on Emilio.
Dorothee Schneider whose emotional return to championship form to earn individual and freestyle silver with Showtime, her 2016 Olympic team partner, stood third on the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings released Tuesday. The complete standings are available here.
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB, the freestyle bronze medalists, was ranked No. 4.
The USA’s Laura Graves and Verdades slipped a place down to fifth as a result of Jessica’s upward move. Laura and Verdades have not competed since the World Cup in April, and similarly for Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet who held on to their 10th place ranking. Adrienne Lyle and Salvino were up four places to 18th.
Denmark’s Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Zack and Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy, a star combination of the 2017 Europeans and returned to this year’s Europeans to take individual bronze, were ranked sixth and seventh, respectively.
Helen Langehanenberg on Damsey FRH who was not at Rotterdam nevertheless moved up a slot to No. 8.
Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo, the fourth pair on the German gold medal team, dropped to 57th from sixth at the end of August due to a light international competition schedule following the 2018 World Equestrian Games whose scores from more than 12 months ago were dropped from rankings calculations.
Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on Delaunay OLD jumped to 13th place from 20th with victories in the World Cup Grand Prix and Freestyle last weekend.