Charlotte & Valegro World No. 1 For 21 Straight Month, Surpass Edward Gal & Totilas Run

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

May 6, 2015

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro became world No. 1 for the 21st straight month in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) standings released Wednesday, surpassing Edward Gal and Totilas for consecutive months at the top.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW, that had been Germany’s leading partnership and second ranked in the world for 20 straight months dropped to 24th eight months after their last competition, the World Games last August.

The shuffle at the top moved Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover into the second spot from third following their World Cup reserve title performance last month.

Matthias Alexander Rath on Totilas also edged up a place to third as did five other combinations in the top 10.

The 15-year-old KWPN stallion has been in and out of competition with injuries since Matthias took over the ride more than four years ago and last showed in July, 2014 but has been widely reported to be ready to compete again later this month.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Unee BB, placed third in the World Cup Final, moved into the ninth place from 11th the previous month to give Germany four places in the top 10, the most from any nation

The USA’s Laura Graves on Verdades remained in the 10th slot while Steffen Peters on Legolas moved up two places to 11th.

Charlotte Dujardin and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding accumulated a record 3,225 points in maintaining their place at the top of the rankings to the end of April.

The pair began their current run of 21 straight months as the No. 1 partnership in the world in August 2013, though the duo had previously been at the top for shorter periods.

Charlotte and Valegro have compiled a remarkable record of Olympic team and individual gold medals in 2012; World Games individual gold and team silver in 2014; World Cup champions in 2014 and 2015, and 2013 European Championship team gold in 2011 and individual gold and team bronze in 2013.

The pair hold all three Grand Prix world records and since the beginning of 2012 have started 36 times for 32 first places, three second places and one sixth place.

Totilas and Edward Gal in the last competition for the pair at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Totilas and Edward Gal in the last competition for the pair at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Edward and Totilas were world No. 1 for 19 straight months from November, 2009 to May, 2011. The pair’s last competition was at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 but the rankings are based on scores from the previous 12 months. It can be several months for changes in the rankings to count as also occurred with Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill that last competed together at the WEG last August.

Edward and Totilas won team and both individual gold medals at the WEG in Kentucky in 2010, team and individual gold medals at the 2009 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. In 28 starts during the 15 months the pair competed at international Grand Prix, Edward and Totilas placed first 25 times and second three times and also held all three Grand Prix records.

FEI World Rankings Top 20 as of April 30, 2015
Rank Previous Athlete Horse Nation Points
1 1 DUJARDIN, Charlotte VALEGRO GBR 3225
2 3 GAL, Edward GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. NED 2668
3 4 RATH, Matthias Alexander TOTILAS GER 2627
4 5 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL N.O.P. NED 2599
5 6 SPREHE, Kristina DESPERADOS FRH GER 2571
6 7 WERTH, Isabell BELLA ROSE 2 GER 2534
7 8 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne DON AURIELLO SWE 2417
8 9 HEIJKOOP, Danielle SIRO N.O.P. NED 2310
9 11 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica UNEE BB GER 2297
10 10 GRAVES, Laura VERDADES USA 2281
11 13 PETERS, Steffen LEGOLAS 92 USA 2278
12 12 MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2249
13 14 WERTH, Isabell DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2219
14 15 SALZGEBER, Ulla HERZRUF’S ERBE GER 2218
15 16 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2199
16 17 VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik ARLANDO N.O.P. NED 2177
17 18 TRUPPA, Valentina FIXDESIGN EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2162
18 21 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2162
19 25 KITTEL, Patrick DEJA SWE 2149
20 19 WERTH, Isabell EL SANTO NRW GER 2123