USA’s Laura Graves & Verdades Confirmed as World’s No. 2, Isabell Werth & Weihegold Still On Top

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Laura Graves being honored in the main stadium at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen after winning the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Aug. 1, 2017

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

The ranking of Laura Graves and Verdades as No. 2 in the world, equal to the highest standing ever for an American, was confirmed Tuesday by the release of the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings for the end of July.

Germany’s Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD, Olympic team gold and World Cup championship pair, remained at No. 1 for the 10th straight month.

The world rankings underwent a big reshuffle with German Olympic team duos of Kristina Bröring Sprehe and Desperados and Dorothee Schneider and Showtime dropping from their No. 2 and No. 3 positions to 67th and 77th, respectively, as they have not competed ths year to maintain standings. Dorothee, however, on Sammy Davis Jr. was ranked 19th, up from 101 the previous month.

The move to No. 2 on the list of 746 combinations came after the success of Laura of Geneva, Florida and the 15-year-old KWPN gelding at the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* in Aachen, Germany two weeks ago.

Isabell. who turned 48 years old a day before Laura celebrated her 30th birthday by beating the German superstar in the Grand Prix Special at Aachen, won the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle.

Laura and Verdades had held the No. 4 spot since August last year, based on the U.S. team bronze medal performance at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where the pair also placed fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Laura and Verdades were on the world standings for the first time in February 2014, ranked No. 458 after their first two international competitions at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.

The last time an American combination was ranked No. 2 was Steffen Peters on Ravel in June and July, 2009. Isabell Werth on her 2008 Olympic team gold medal horse Satchmo was No. 1 at the time. Debbie McDonald and Lisa Wilcox were frequently ranked as high as No. 2 from 2003 to 2005.

According to the latest official standings, the rankings as of the end of July are:: 1. Isabell Werth/Weihegold OLD GER (previously 1); 2. Laura Graves/Verdades USA (4); 3. Carl Hester/Nip Tuck GBR (5) 4. Isabell Werth/Emilio GER (6); 5. Sonke Rothenberger/Cosmo GER (9); 6. Isabell Werth/Don Johnson FRH GER (7); 7. Cathrine Dufour/Cassidy DEN (10); 8. Severo Jurado Lopez/Lorenzo ESP (8, but the horse has been sold to the USA’s Charlotte Jorst); 9. Inessa Merkulova/Mister X (11); 10. Hans Peter Minderhoud/Glock’s Flirt NED (12).

Americans Kasey Perry-Glass of Wellington, Florida on Dublet, team mates of Laura and Verdades at last year’s Olympics climbed to No. 16 from 18 the previous month, while Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket Virgina on Lonoir jumped to No.38 from 53rd and Charlotte Jorst on Kastel’s Nintendo went to 50th from 51st.

For the complete rankings, go to: https://data.fei.org/Ranking/Search.aspx?rankingCode=D_WR