Jessica von Bredow-Werndl & TSF Dalera BB Move to World No. 3, Rider’s Highest Ranking Ever

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sept. 3, 2020

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Success of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB at the Donaueschingen CDI4* boosted the German team gold medal partnership to No. 3 in the world, the highest ranking ever for the rider.

The 34-year-old rider and Dalera had been ranked No. 4 for 10 of the past 11 months, but the latest results increased their total points to 2,771 to move the duo above German team mate Dorothee Schneider and Showtime that had been at No. 3 on 2,757 points, according to the latest International Equestrian Federation standings released Thursday. Complete standings are available here.

Dorothee has not competed Showtime in a CDI since the European Championships last year.

The highest ranking for Jessica before Dalera was No. 4 on Unee BB for a total of five months in 2015/16. 

Isabell Werth on Bella Rose on 2,888 points and Weihegold OLD on 2,838 filled the top two spots in the International Equestrian Federation rankings at the end of August. Bella Rose has been at the top of the standings for the past 13 months. She is also ranked No. 7 on Emilio, 24th on Don Johnson FRH and 25th on DSP Quantaz.

Other big moves based on results at CDIs last month include Portugal’s João Miguel Tarao on Equador to No. 37 from 47th and Victoria Max-Theurer of Austria on Rockabilly up to 43rd from No. 58 the previous month.

Simone Pearce on Destano vaulted to 126th from 345th in July to make the pair the second ranked Australian on the world standings behind Mary Hanna on Calanta. In Brno, Czech Republic last week, Simone and Destano posted Australian record scores in both the Grand and the Special, breaking records set the previous month at both levels.

Jessica and the 13-year-old Trakehner mare scored a personal best 81.809% for the win in the Grand Prix Special at Donaueschingen Sunday, a day after capturing the Grand Prix on 80.826%, and extending the pair’s winning streak to seven going back to last November.

The pair was on the gold medal teams at the Tryon World Equestrian Games in 2018 and the 2019 Europeans where they also took Freestyle bronze and were among the top contenders for the Tokyo Olympics delayed a year to next summer.

During the coronavirus pandemic that has led to cancellation of many horse shows around the world, the period in which dressage rankings are calculated based on the eight best scores begin in March 2019 instead of the previous 12 months. A similar freeze aimed at creating a level playing field has been adopted by other sports.