Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat & Delgado, European Bronze Medal Pair, Vault Up World Rankings
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sept. 2, 2015–The European Championships individual bronze medal pair of Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado vaulted to 13th in the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI world rankings just six months after the Spanish pair were not even on the standings of about 750 combinations around the globe.
The rider who last won an individual medal at the World Games in her homeland in 2002 before success on the 14-year-old Delgado at the Europeans at Aachen, Germany in August climbed from the 473rd spot in March up to 55th in July and 13th this month.
The Grand Prix career of the Westfalen gelding that began in 2010 has been one mostly of heartbreaking injuries with lengthy absences from the competition arena punctuated by glimpses of potential brilliance. Until this year.
With a new treatment program, the 49-year-old rider who has three Olympics and numerous world and continental championships on her résumé, returned to the show arena with a pair of victories at Barcelona in March followed by succession of high placings.
The year was capped by Beatriz and Delgado placing fourth individually in the Nations Cup at the Europeans to lead the Spanish team to qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and claim the individual bronze medal in the Freestyle.
Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, who won individual gold at the Europeans to go with their large haul of Olympic, world and continental championships and World Cup hardware, remained atop the standings with Germany’s Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados FRH staying at No. 2 and Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover at No. 3. Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Johnson TN, also a standout pair at the Europeans, moved up to No. 7 from 16th the previous month.
The United States’ Steffen Peters of San Diego, California on Legolas was at No. 9, down a place from the previous month, but the only non-European pair in the top 10. Laura Graves of Plymouth, Florida and Verdades slipped to 15th from No. 9 at the end of July.
Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival, was out of the top 10 for one of the few times in the past five years, dropping to 25th from 4th. The pair have competed once this year.