Two USA Combinations in World’s Top 10, Charlotte & Valegro Still No. 1

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Steffen Peters on Legolas in the Aachen CDI5* Grand Prix last month. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters on Legolas in the Aachen CDI5* Grand Prix last month. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 4, 2015–Steffen Peters on Legolas and Laura Graves on Verdades are in the Top 10 in the world, according to the latest standings posted Thursday, while Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain on Valegro remains No. 1 for the 22nd straight month.

Steffen of San Diego, California and the 13-year-old Westfalen gelding moved to the ninth slot based on results in Europe in May.

Laura of Geneva, Florida on the 13-year-old KWPN gelding remained at No. 10 where they were the previous month based on success at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas. Laura has not competed since then as she is training in Hailey, Idaho with Debbie McDonald in preparation for the Pan American Games next month.

This was the first time two American combinations were in the world’s top 10 since the first digital records of standings in July, 2009, according to a search by dressage-news.com. At that time, Steffen on Ravel was No. 2 in the world.

The rankings compiled by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to the end of May also showed that Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany on Totilas slid to 28th in the world from third the previous month. The pair have no competed since Aachen, Germany in July last year but the rider has told dressage-news.com he plans to show at the German championships 10 days from now.

Germany and the Netherlands, the two powerhouse dressage nations, each have three combinations in the top 10 while Charlotte and Valegro are the sole British pair and Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén on Don Auriello shows the Swedish flag.

The U.S. has been more aggressive in competing internationally in the past two years with at least 24 horses and riders in Europe this summer performing at the biggest shows and scheduled to field teams in the major Nations Cup events.

More American horses are riders thus become more familiar to judges and the higher rankings have added greater importance with changes in the starting order at some competitions where the higher ranked pairs a grouped with other elite partnerships.

Rankings as of May 31, 2015
Rank Previous Athlete Horse NF Points
1 1 DUJARDIN, Charlotte VALEGRO GBR 3225
2 2 GAL, Edward GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. NED 2661
3 4 CORNELISSEN, Adelinde JERICH PARZIVAL N.O.P. NED 2599
4 5 SPREHE, Kristina DESPERADOS FRH GER 2572
5 6 WERTH, Isabell BELLA ROSE 2 GER 2534
6 7 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne DON AURIELLO SWE 2375
7 8 HEIJKOOP, Danielle SIRO N.O.P. NED 2310
8 9 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica UNEE BB GER 2308
9 11 PETERS, Steffen LEGOLAS 92 USA 2288
10 10 GRAVES, Laura VERDADES USA 2281
11 12 MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2249
12 13 WERTH, Isabell DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2247
13 14 SALZGEBER, Ulla HERZRUF’S ERBE GER 2213
14 15 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2199
15 16 VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik ARLANDO N.O.P. NED 2177
16 18 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2162
17 23 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN NED 2159
18 19 KITTEL, Patrick DEJA SWE 2149
19 21 HESTER, Carl NIP TUCK GBR 2139
20 28 GAL, Edward GLOCK’S VOICE NED 2128
21 17 TRUPPA, Valentina FIXDESIGN EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2108
22 26 KITTEL, Patrick WATERMILL SCANDIC SWE 2092
23 24 LANGEHANENBERG, Helen DAMON HILL NRW GER 2091
24 20 WERTH, Isabell EL SANTO NRW GER 2089
25 25 BARBANÇON MESTRE, Morgan PAINTED BLACK ESP 2088