Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl Makes Big Move Up World Rankings

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB in World Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Pelle Wedenmark/dressage-news.com
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB in World Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Pelle Wedenmark/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar. 6, 2014–Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany, hot off her double victory in last week’s World Cup qualifier, made a big move up the world rankings to No. 14, while Denmark’s young star Nanna Skodborg Merrald skyrocketed to 22nd from 264 in the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) standings released Wednesday.

Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain with Valegro remained atop the standings, with Helen Langehanenberg of Germany and Damon Hill NRW at No. 2 and Edward Gal of the Netherlands and Glock’s Undercover in third place.

However, the two twenty somethings were the standouts for the latest ranking period to Feb. 28.

The 28-year-old German rider who has had dramatic success with Unee BB in the World Cup Western European League circuit this season  moved to 14th with 2,093 points right behind Steffen Peters of the United States. Jessica was 29th the previous month.

Nanna Skodborg Merrald is just 20 years old and was competing Millibar in the Under-25 division until last summer. Her first international Grand Prix was last October and in eight starts since then has notched five top five finishes.

Like Jessica, she likely will be invited to her first World Cup Final which is scheduled for Lyon, France in mid-April. Jessica is ranked third in the WEL standings and Nanna is tied at No. 5.

The rankings:

Rank Previous Athlete Horse NF Points
1 1 DUJARDIN, Charlotte VALEGRO GBR 3054
2 2 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen DAMON HILL NRW GER 2916
3 3 GAL, Edward GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER NED 2694
4 4 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL NOP NED 2616
5 6 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne DON AURIELLO SWE 2389
6 8 KASPRZAK, Anna DONNPERIGNON DEN 2330
7 5 SPREHE, Kristina DESPERADOS FRH GER 2314
8 7 WERTH, Isabell DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2270
9 9 ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN, Nathalie DIGBY DEN 2166
10 10 TRUPPA, Valentina FIXDESIGN EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2164
11 11 HEIJKOOP, Danielle KINGSLEY SIRO NED 2110
12 14 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2103
13 15 PETERS, Steffen LEGOLAS 92 USA 2101
14 29 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica UNEE BB GER 2093
15 12 GAL, Edward GLOCK’S VOICE NED 2084
16 13 BALKENHOL, Anabel DABLINO FRH GER 2081
17 16 MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2047
18 17 HELGSTRAND, Andreas AKEEM FOLDAGER DEN 2001
19 18 PETERSEN, Lars MARIETT DEN 1998
20 19 KITTEL, Patrick WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C. SWE 1994
21 20 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter GLOCK’S ROMANOV NED 1985
22 264 MERRALD, NANNA SKODBORG MILLIBAR DEN 1960
23 21 EILBERG, Michael George HALF MOON DELPHI GBR 1953
24 31 KITTEL, Patrick TOY STORY SWE 1941
25 24 TELDE, Minna SANTANA SWE 19