Cathrine Dufour & Cassidy Climb to No. 5 In World, Highest Ranking for Danish Pair In Over 3 Years

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Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy pumping her fist in the air after insuring silver medal for Denmark in the European Championships team competition. © 2017 Ken Braddick/

Nov. 1, 2017

Cathrine Dufour and Cassidy climbed to No. 5 in the world in the latest rankings released Wednesday, the highest standing for a Danish pair in more than three years.

Boosted by performances at the World Cup event in their homeland last month and two months since their success at the European Championships, Cathrine, 25 years old, and the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding moved up from ranking seventh at the end of September. Anna Kasprzak on Donnperignon were the last Danish pair to rank so high, at No. 5 in May, 2015.

German superstar Isabell Werth on her Olympic team gold and individual silver medal and Omaha World Cup championship mount Weihegold OLD remained atop the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) standings.

She also held the No. 4 spot on Emilio that she is scheduled to compete this weekend at the World Cup in Lyon, and No. 6 on Don Johnson FRH–both rankings the same as the previous month.

Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo, German team mates at the Olympics and the Europeans, remained at No. 2 in the world. Sönke celebrated his 23rd birthday last month and is aiming Cosmo, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding, for the Tryon World Equestrian Games in September, 2018.

The American Laura Graves on Verdades held on to the third spot, although the pair have not competed since Aachen, Germany in July where the duo beat Isabell and Weihegold in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special.

Great Britain’s Carl Hester on Nip Tuck dropped to No. 7 from fifth. Spencer Wilton and Super Nova II, British team mates at the Rio Games and the Europeans, held the ninth place behind Hans Peter Minderhoud of the Netherlands and Glock’s Flirt at eight.

Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Delaunay OLD jumped into the top 10 for the first time, from 18th the previous month and one place ahead of fellow Swede Therese Nilshagen on Dante Weltino OLD at No. 11.

The complete world rankings are available here