Adelinde & Parzival Back on Top of the World Rankings
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Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival have reclaimed the top of the International Equestrian Federation Dressage Rankings afer victories in the first two of the World Cup qualifiers for 2012/2013.
The Dutch pair had been replaced by Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro for two months after double gold medal performances by the pair from Great Britain at the Olympics in London this summer to become the first combination from that nation to reach the pinnacle of the rankings. Charlotte and Valegro have not competed since the Games.
Adelinde and the 15-year-old KWPN gelding (Jazz x Fidora x Ulft) that she took from an almost unrideable youngster to two World Cup titles to medals at the Olympics and European Championship had been in the top spot for 13 months straight before being dethroned.
She and Parzival won the first two of the Western European League opening qualifiers of the 2012/2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage series–in Odense, Denmark and Lyon, France.
Their total of 2,879 points edged them past Charlotte and Valegro with 2,867 points. Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW are third with 2,626 points.
The Netherlands’ Edward Gal, who had been world No. 1 in partnership with the stallion Totilas for 19 months from November, 2009, through June, 2011 is back in the top 10 with another KWPN horse, the 11-year old gelding Glock’s Undercover following their performance in Lyon last weekend.
Three riders had two horses in the top 25–Germany’s Isabell Werth and El Santo NRW (7) and Don Johnson FRH (19), Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic H.B.C. (11) and Toy Story (24) and Steffen Peters of the United States with Ravel (17) and Legolas 92 (21).
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