Totilas & Edward Gal to Lose World No. 1 Ranking to Adelinde Cornelissen & Parzival
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
Totilas and Edward Gal will lose the No. 1 place on the world individual dressage rankings after 19 straight months as the top combination and eight months since the pair last competed.
The top spot at the end of June will go to Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, who had been in first place on the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) leaderboard for three months in 2009 until supplanted by fellow Dutch team mate Edward Gal and the 11-year-old stallion at the end of November, 2009, and have held on to the lead since. Great Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris will move up to second place.
Adelinde and Parzival was the only combination to beat Edward and Totilas in their Grand Prix international career that began in Rotterdam in June, 2009, and ended at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year.
In the 12 shows in which they competed, Edward and Totilas established world record scores at all three Grand Prix levels, the Grand Prix, Special and Freestyle. They won two gold medals at the European Championships in 2009, the World Cup Final in 2010 and all three dressage gold medals at the Kentucky WEG.
Adelinde and Parzival beat them in the Grand Prix Special at the Europeans in Windsor, England, and in the Grand Prix at the World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, in 2010.
The change will come as a result of the first competition by Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath on Totilas at Munich last week.
Totilas, a KWPN approved stallion, was bought by Paul Schockemöhle of Performance Sales International and Ann-Katrin Linsenhoff, an Olympic team gold medalist for Germany and stepmother of Matthias. The official ownership was changed effective Feb. 1 this year but the FEI did not receive official confirmation of the new rider and thus could not make a change until a new rider competed on the horse.
Edward and Totilas accumulated 2,771 points including the WEG results by the end of October, 2010. Although the pair no longer competed, the total declined to 2,734 points by June, 2011, but still enough to maintain their first place in the standings as competitions in which points are earned span 12 months.
Effective from Jan.1 this year, bonus points are being added from major events that count toward the world rankings.
The new bonus points to count for rankings are Olympic Games 40 points; world championships 30 points, continental championships at Grand Prix Level and World Cup Final 20 points and World Cup qualifiers, CDIO3* and CDI5* 10 points. Changes also were made for points for the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Kür.