Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro World No. 1 for 16th Straight Month

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Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro celebrating one of the pair's several gold medal victories. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro celebrating one of the pair’s several gold medal victories. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dec. 2, 2014

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are heading to the end of the year as the world’s No. 1 combination for the 16th straight month, holding all three Grand Prix records and Olympic, World Games, World Cup and European titles.

The latest rankings to the end of November put Charlotte and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding at the top of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) standings with 3,175 points. The duo have held the top spot since August, 2013.

This also will be the third year in a row that the British pair have been No. 1 at year’s end, though their ranking changed throughout that time.

Charlotte, the 2013 Reem Acra Best Athlete in the FEI Awards, was named Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year for 2014, and has been nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the BT (British Telecom) Sport’s Action Woman of the Year.

The pair won 2012 Olympic team and individual gold, 2014 World Games individual gold, the 2014 World Cup title and 2011 and 2013 European Championship gold medals. They hold the Grand Prix, Special and Freestyle world records.

In the FEI rankings, there were no changes in the top 10 from the previous month.

The No. 2 spot was held by Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW on 2,903 points but that German partnership has ended, while the Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover filled the third slot with 2,723 points.

Sönke Rothenberger and Favourit of Germany made the most dramatic move up the world rankings to No. 44 from 323 at the end of October.

The 20-year-old rider took over competing the 15-year-old gelding in September after his sister, Sanneke, showed Favourit at Big Tour for a year.