Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro Hold On To Top of World Rankings
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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, Great Britain’s double Olympic gold medal winners, held on to the top spot in the first International Eqestrian Federation (FEI) world rankings for 2013.
Charlotte and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding owned by her trainer, Carl Hester and Roly Luard, were first in the standing for the second straight month, ending 2012 at the top. Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival of the Netherlands were in second place,
The British combination first claimed the top spot in the rankings through the end of last August after their Olympic triumph, and have performed in competition only once since then, at the World Cup event at Olympia in London in December.
An effort has been launched to syndicate ownership of Valegro to keep the horse in British hands.
There were no changes in the top six rankings.
Sweden had two combinations in the latest top 10–Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello moving up to seventh place from 10 the previous month and Patrik Ktttel and Watermill Scandic H.B.C. climbing to ninth from 12th. Results of Florida shows elevated the two combinations.
Legolas ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, California, replaced Ravel as the top American combination for the first time, at 17th place, up from 19th at the end of December. Ravel, who retired after the Olympics, dropped to 102nd place from the 16th spot the previous month.
The latest top 25 ranked combinations: