USA’s Laura Graves & Verdades Vault Into Top 10 in World

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Laura Graves on Verdades enjoying a victory in Florida that helped move the pair to No. 10 in the world. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves on Verdades enjoying a victory in Florida that helped move the pair to No. 10 in the world. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

April 2, 2015

Laura Graves and Verdades have vaulted into the top 10 in the world rankings moving past the United States national championship pair of Steffen Peters on Legolas at No. 13 on the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) standings released Thursday.

Laura of Geneva, Florida and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding jumped to the 10th position from No. 20 the previous month for the biggest change in the top 50 ranked combinations and only the second American duo to be ranked in the top 10 for more than a decade.

The ranking of the pair was the highest for an American combination since Steffen Peters and Ravel stood at No. 8 in the world as of March 31, 2012 after rising as high as second in the world in June and July in 2009.

Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Great Britain’s Olympic, World Games and European champion who will defend her World Cup title in Las Vegas in two weeks, remained atop the standings. Helen Langehanenberg of Germany on Damon Hill NRW that she no longer competes remained in second place and Edward Gal of the Netherlands on Glock’s Undercover in third.

Laura, 27 years old, and Verdades improved their standings based on results of five victories and a second place in six starts at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida in March, the first competitions for the pair since placing fifth in the World Equestrian Games Grand Prix Freestyle in Normandy, France in August, 2014.

The climb in the world rankings has been dramatic over the past year–from their first appearance at No. 458 at the end of February, 2014 to No. 10 in the world and the top ranked American.

The ranking of Steffen of San Diego, California and Legolas dropped one place to 13th from 12th the previous month but made a big leap to 148th from 478th the previous month with the eight-year-old mare Rosamunde that he debuted at international Grand Prix at Wellington in February.

The impact of the Global circuit with seven CDI shows over three months in winter was shown by other big changes in rankings to riders from the United States and Europe who competed in Wellington.

Allison Brock of Wellington on Rosevelt moved to 51st in the world from 220th, Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén on Divertimento to No. 52 from 194, Lisa Wilcox also of Wellington on Pikko del Cerro HU into 65th place from 245, Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada on Kastel’s Nintendo to 71st from 131st and Great Britain’s Lara Griffith on Rubin Al Asad up to 104 from 366.

In the Under-25 world rankings, Belgium’s Jorinde Verwimp on Timao remained at No. 1 while Chase Hickok of Wellington, Florida on Sagacious HF moved to No. 2, up one place from the previous month.

Semmieke Rothenberger of Germany on Deinhard B moved to the top of the Pony world rankings, displacing Phoebe Peters of Great Britain on St. Lucci who dropped to second place.

The top 25 Grand Prix combinations ranked by the FEI

Rank Previous Athlete Horse Nation Points
1 1 DUJARDIN, Charlotte VALEGRO GBR 3222
2 2 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen DAMON HILL NRW GER 2807
3 3 GAL, Edward GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. NED 2663
4 4 RATH, Matthias Alexander TOTILAS GER 2627
5 5 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL N.O.P. NED 2599
6 7 SPREHE, Kristina DESPERADOS FRH GER 2543
7 6 WERTH, Isabell BELLA ROSE 2 GER 2534
8 8 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne DON AURIELLO SWE 2428
9 9 HEIJKOOP, Danielle SIRO N.O.P. NED 2310
10 20 GRAVES, Laura VERDADES USA 2268
11 10 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica UNEE BB GER 2261
12 11 MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2259
13 12 PETERS, Steffen LEGOLAS 92 USA 2252
14 13 WERTH, Isabell DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2226
15 16 SALZGEBER, Ulla HERZRUF’S ERBE GER 2208
16 14 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2199
17 21 VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik ARLANDO N.O.P. NED 2177
18 15 TRUPPA, Valentina FIXDESIGN EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2162
19 17 WERTH, Isabell EL SANTO NRW GER 2148
20 19 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN NED 2139
21 23 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2133
22 22 EILBERG, Michael George HALF MOON DELPHI GBR 2112
23 24 HESTER, Carl NIP TUCK GBR 2112
24 18 KITTEL, Patrick WATERMILL SCANDIC SWE 2077
25 25 KITTEL, Patrick DEJA SWE 2072