Adelinde & Parzival Back on Top of the World Rankings

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Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival celebrating victory at Lyon, France that put them back atop the FEI world dressage rankings. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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The Dutch pair had been replaced by Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro for two months after double gold medal performances by the pair from Great Britain at the Olympics in London this summer to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).

FEI World Dressage Rankings Top 25:

Rank Previous Athlete Horse NF Points
1 2 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL NED 2879
2 1 DUJARDIN, Charlotte VALEGRO GBR 2867
3 3 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen DAMON HILL NRW GER 2626
4 4 BECHTOLSHEIMER, Laura MISTRAL HOJRIS GBR 2591
5 5 SPREHE, Kristina DESPERADOS FRH GER 2527
6 7 TRUPPA, Valentina EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2361
7 6 WERTH, Isabell EL SANTO NRW GER 2325
8 11 GAL, Edward GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER NED 2302
9 8 MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2284
10 10 SCHNEIDER, Dorothee DIVA ROYAL GER 2262
11 13 KITTEL, Patrick WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C. SWE 2225
12 12 ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN, Nathalie DIGBY DEN 2208
13 16 KASPRZAK, Anna DONNPERIGNON DEN 2205
14 14 VAN GRUNSVEN, Anky SALINERO NED 2182
15 15 VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne DON AURIELLO SWE 2181
16 18 BALKENHOL, Anabel DABLINO FRH GER 2119
17 17 PETERS, Steffen RAVEL USA 2115
18 19 HESTER, Carl UTHOPIA GBR 2094
19 20 WERTH, Isabell DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2090
20 21 BARBANÇON MESTRES, MORGAN PAINTED BLACK ESP 2045
21 22 PETERS, Steffen LEGOLAS 92 USA 2031
22 23 CARVALHO, Gonçalo RUBI POR 2017
23 24 DAVISON, Richard ARTEMIS GBR 2016
24 26 KITTEL, Patrick TOY STORY SWE 1999
25 25 THEODORESCU, Monica WHISPER 128 GER 1974