USA Riders & Horses Make Big Rankings Gains Ahead of European Circuit

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Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo. © 2018 Ken Braddick/

May 1, 2018

American riders and horses made big gains in the world rankings released Tuesday ahead of a United States squad preparing to go to Europe to vie for selection for the World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina in September.

In addition ro Laura Graves and Verdades moving back to No.2, Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo, Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet and Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper vaulted up the standings.

The latests International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings as of the end of April and coming after extensive winter circuits in Florida and California showed:

–Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida and Verdades, 16-year-old KWPN gelding, jumped to No. 2 from the fifth spot;

–Sabine Schut-Kery, of Thousand Oaks, California, and Sanceo, 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion, jumped to No.26 from 71st the previous month after less than four months at Big Tour;

–Kasey Perry-Glass, of Wellington, Florida and Dublet, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, to No. 38 from 104th after the Olympic team bronze medal partnership returned after several months out of the show ring, and

–Steffen Peters, of San Diego, California, and Suppenkasper, 10-year-old KWPN gelding, showing the biggest gain, to No. 43 from 181st the previous month, while on Rosamunde moving to 141st from 159th after returning from a long break from international competition;

Other changes in the top 50 included:

–Adrienne Lyle, of Ketchum, Idaho and Salvino, 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion, slipped to No. 21 from 19th while on Horizon, 11-year-old Oldenburg mare, to 205th from 342 with six results since starting CDI Grand Prix in March;

–Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, of Haymarket, Virginia, and Lonoir, 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, down one spot to No. 29 from 28th;

–Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida and Danilo, 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, remained at No. 32 and on Doktor, 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding, dropped a couple of places to 56th, and

–Ashley Holzer, of New York, and Havanna, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, edged down to 45th from 44th at the end of March.