Denmark’s Anna Kasprzak & Donnperignon Move into Top 10 in World Rankings

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Denmark's Anna Kaspazrak riding Donnperignon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Denmark’s Anna Kaspazrak riding Donnperignon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Anna Kasprzak and Donnperignon moved into the top 10 for the first time on the International Equstrian Federation (FEI) dressage world rankings, the highest place for a Danish combination in the latest standings that were released Friday, the start of the Danish Championships.

Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands and Jerich Parzival remained atop the rankings with 2,899 points as of the end of May with Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW holding firm in second place with 2,802 points. The German combination is competing this weekend in their national championships, defending the title the pair won in 2012.

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, Great Britain’s double gold medal pair from the London Olympics, were ranked third, no change from the previous month.

The 10th ranking of the 23-year-old Anna and the Finnish Warmblood gelding she began riding in late 2011 is their highest so far and the first time moving ahead of Denmark’s top ranked Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby, who were in 11th place.

Britain’s team gold medal rider Carl Hester recorded one of the biggest gains with Dances With Wolves, moving to 22nd place from 224th based on victories at Compiégne, France last week. He is still ranked 15th in the world on Uthopia, his Olympic mount.

FEI World Rankings top 20:

Rank Previous Athlete   Horse Nat. Points
1 1   CORNELISSEN, Adelinde   JERICH PARZIVAL NED 2899
2 2   LANGEHANENBERG, Helen   DAMON HILL NRW GER 2802
3 3   DUJARDIN, Charlotte   VALEGRO GBR 2563
4 4   SPREHE, Kristina   DESPERADOS FRH GER 2517
5 5   GAL, Edward   GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER NED 2483
6 6   VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne   DON AURIELLO SWE 2438
7 8   KITTEL, Patrick   WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C. SWE 2320
8 9   WERTH, Isabell   DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2315
9 7   TRUPPA, Valentina   FIXDESIGN EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2307
10 12   KASPRZAK, Anna   DONNPERIGNON DEN 2228
11 13   ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN, Nathalie   DIGBY DEN 2187
12 14   TOMLINSON, Laura   MISTRAL HOJRIS GBR 2136
13 15   BALKENHOL, Anabel   DABLINO FRH GER 2129
14 16   PETERS, Steffen   LEGOLAS 92 USA 2059
15 18   HESTER, Carl   UTHOPIA GBR 2016
16 22   MAX-THEURER, Victoria   BLIND DATE 25 AUT 1994
17 19   JOHANSEN, Sidsel M.   SCHIANTO DEN 1973
18 20   VAN DER MEER, Patrick   UZZO NED 1960
19 21   TELDE, Minna   SANTANA SWE 1951
20 23   SCHELLEKENS-BARTELS, Imke   TOOTS NED 1927