Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro Confirmed as 1st from Great Britain to be World No. 1

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World No. 1 Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro celebrating their Olympic individual gold medal after capturing team gold, the first rider and horse to acheve the double gold since Isabell Werth and Gigolo in 1996. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and the 10-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Valegro, double Olympic gold medalists at London, were confirmed Thursday as taking over as No. 1 in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings, the first British combination ever to reach the top of the leaderboard.

With 2,867 points, the combination moved up from second place to claim the top spot, seven points clear of former world number one and London silver medalists Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands and Jerich Parzival in the rankings to the end of August. The Dutch pair had led the rankings since July, 2011.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW were the highest-placed of the five German combinations in the top 10 with 2,626 points for third place and Great Britain’s London bronze medalists Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris in fourth with 2,591 points.

The top rankings were first reported by dressage-news.com on Sept. 1, based on calculating the FEI results formula.

The British combination moved up from fourth to second in the rankings to the end of July, and their Olympic performances with first place individually in the Grand Prix, the Special and the Freestyle boosted them to the top of the rankings at the end of August.

The 27-year-old Charlotte and Valegro led the British to historic Olympic team gold with commbined results of the Grand Prix and the Special at London’s Greenwich Park arena and then performed the Freestyle for a winning mark of 90.089 per cent. Dujardin, who competed in her first Grand Prix only last year, has been teamed up with Valegro since she joined teammate Carl Hester at his stables in Gloucestershire, England, in 2007.

“It is fantastic to see Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro leading the Dressage Rankings after their incredible performance in Greenwich Park,” said Trond Asmyr, FEI Director of Dressage.

“The pair have been key to helping Great Britain re-write dressage history and have highlighted the fact that the sport is in an exciting period of change, with lots of new faces now in the mix.

“Charlotte’s natural talent and her partnership with the hugely successful Carl Hester mean that she is a valuable driving force for future generations of dressage riders.”

Biggest movers in the latest FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings were Steffen Peters and Ravel of the United States, who moved up to 16th from 192nd and the Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover up to 17th 198th place.

The latest top 20 in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings:

Rank Previous Rider Name Horse Name NF Points
1 2 DUJARDIN, Charlotte VALEGRO GBR 2867
2 1 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL NED 2760
3 4 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen DAMON HILL NRW GER 2626
4 3 BECHTOLSHEIMER, Laura MISTRAL HOJRIS GBR 2591
5 5 SPREHE, Kristina DESPERADOS FRH GER 2527
6 6 WERTH, Isabell EL SANTO NRW GER 2325
7 9 TRUPPA, Valentina EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2319
8 7 SALZGEBER, Ulla HERZRUF’S ERBE GER 2303
9 8 MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2284
10 15 SCHNEIDER, Dorothee DIVA ROYAL GER 2262
11 14 VAN GRUNSVEN, Anky SALINERO NED 2223
12 11 ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN, Nathalie DIGBY DEN 2202
13 10 KITTEL, Patrick WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C. SWE 2191
14 13 VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne DON AURIELLO SWE 2181
15 17 KASPRZAK, Anna DONNPERIGNON DEN 2179
16 192 PETERS, Steffen RAVEL USA 2115
17 198 GAL, Edward GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER NED 2102
18 12 HESTER, Carl UTHOPIA GBR 2094
19 22 BARBANÇON MESTRES, MORGAN PAINTED BLACK ESP 2045
20 16 PETERS, Steffen LEGOLAS 92 USA 2031