German Team Riders & Horses #1, 2, 3 In Final Pre-Olympic World Rankings
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Aug. 2, 2016
German team riders and horses Kristina Bröring-Sprehe and Desperados, Isabell Werth and Weihegold and Dorothee Schneider and Showtime are No. 1, 2 and 3 in the final pre-Olympic world rankings posted Tuesday by the International Equestrian Federation FEI). Three of the United States Olympic team combinations were also in the top 25, the only nation aside from Germany to rank so many declared Olympic riders and horses so high.
Kristina and Desperados, the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion that have been world No. 1 all this year, maintained the top ranking as the horse arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the pair’s second Olympic Games, having won team silver in London in 2012.
Isabell and Weihegold, the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare that the five-time Olympic gold medal rider will compete in the horse’s first championships outside Germany, jumped 50 places to No. 2 in the world following performances at the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany last month.
Dorothee Schneider, who also made her Olympic debut for Germany at the 2012 Games, is ranked No. 3, on Showtime, the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, up from the 15th place the previous month.
Sönke Rothenberger, 21 years old, on Cosmo, nine-year-old KWPN gelding and the fourth pair on the German team at Rio, shot up 81 places to 16th in the world.
Isabell had three horses in the top 10–Don Johnson FRH at No. 5, down from third the previous month, and Emilio at No. 9, up from 13th at the end of June.
The German juggernaut pushed Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on Delgado to No. 4 from second in the previous month’s standings, as it also nudged several other combinations down a place or two.
Rankings of the U.S. team combinations were Steffen Peters on Legolas No. 8, one spot down from the previous month, Laura Graves on Verdades. at No. 13 down two spots, and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, also down two spots to No. 23. Allison Brock on Rosevelt, the fourth member of the team, was at No 37, down four places from the previous month.
Complete rankings: https://data.fei.org/Ranking/Search.aspx?rankingCode=D_WRhttps://data.fei.org/Ranking/Search.aspx?rankingCode=D_WR