Beatriz Ferrer-Salat & Delgado Into Top 10 in World

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Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 2, 2015–Double victories in their first ever World Cup event elevated Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado to No. 7 in the world for the Spanish combination in the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings released Monday.

Beatriz and the 14-year-old Westfalen gelding, her European Championship bronze model partner, moved to the seventh spot from 13th as of the end of October after adding victories in the World Cup event in Lyon, France last weekend.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro remain in the third year at No. 1 with Germany’s Kristina Bröring-Sprehe on Desperados FRH again No. 2 and Netherlands’ Edward Gal on Glock’s Undercover at No. 3, unchanged from September.

The ranking for the popular Spanish rider who is enjoying a resurgence in her career at the age of 49 was the biggest change in the top 25 in the world and comes after years of overcoming recurring health issues with the horse she has ridden for the past eight years.

Beatriz’s top championship performance before the Europeans in Aachen, Germany in August that led Spain to qualify a team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year was capturing individual bronze at the World Games in her homeland in 1992.

Another major move up in the rankings was by Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on Delaunay to the No. 35 from the 202nd slot the previous month.

The Swedish Olympic rider who is also ranked No. 10 with Deja and No. 21 with Watermill Scandic won the World Cup event in Hungary last month on Delaunay, a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by the family of his Australian wife, Lyndal Oatley.

Rankings as of the end of October”

Rank Prev. Athlete .. Horse NF Points
1 1 DUJARDIN, Charlotte
VALEGRO GBR 3183
2 2 BRÖRING-SPREHE, Kristina
DESPERADOS FRH GER 2729
3 3 GAL, Edward
GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. NED 2550
4 5 WERTH, Isabell
DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2362
5 4 VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
UNEE BB GER 2349
6 6 VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne
DON AURIELLO SWE 2297
7 13 FERRER – SALAT, Beatriz
DELGADO ESP 2293
8 7 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN NED 2285
9 9 PETERS, Steffen
LEGOLAS 92 USA 2278
10 10 KITTEL, Patrik
DEJA SWE 2258
11 8 HEIJKOOP, Danielle
SIRO N.O.P. NED 2233
12 12 HESTER, Carl
NIP TUCK GBR 2205
13 14 MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2197
14 19 MERKULOVA, Inessa
MISTER X RUS 2189
15 15 GRAVES, Laura
VERDADES USA 2189
16 16 VAN SILFHOUT, Diederik
ARLANDO N.O.P. NED 2187
17 18 GAL, Edward
GLOCK’S VOICE NED 2183
18 17 LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne
D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2148
19 20 BALKENHOL, Anabel
DABLINO FRH GER 2112
20 21 WERTH, Isabell
EL SANTO NRW GER 2109
21 22 KITTEL, Patrik
WATERMILL SCANDIC SWE 2099
22 23 MAX-THEURER, Victoria
BLIND DATE 25 AUT 2087
23 11 SALZGEBER, Ulla
HERZRUF’S ERBE GER 2064
24 24 PETERS, Steffen
ROSAMUNDE USA 2064
25 25 SCHMIDT, Hubertus
IMPERIO 3 GER 2053