Big World Ranking Moves by USA’s Steffen Peters on Rosamunde, Dorothee Schneider & Faustus, Britain’s Emile Faurie & Dono di Maggio

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Steffen Peters on Rosamunde, the top placing American combination at the Rotterdam Nations Cup last month with scores that boosted the pair up the world rankings. © 2018 Ken Braddick/

July 3, 2018


America’s Steffen Peters on Rosamunde, Dorothee Schneider of Germany on Faustus and Great Britain’s Emile Faurie on Dono di Maggio made big leaps into the world’s top 50 as competiotion heats up for a start at the World Equestrian Games just 70 days away.

Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD remained atop the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings at the end of June for the 21st straight month and at No. 3 on Emilio. But on Don Johnson was pushed down one place to seventh by Olympic team mate Dorothee Schneider on Sammy Davis Jr. However, Isabell on Bella Rose made a return to the world rankings at No. 448 after an emotional comeback last weekend for the first CDI since November, 2014.

Laura Graves of the United States on Verdades held on to the No. 2 spot as they prepare to start in Leudelange, Luxembourg CDI4* this week, the first appearance since the pair’s silver medal performance at the World Cup Final in Paris in April.

Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy stayed at No. 4, Germany’s Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo at No. 5 and Patrik Kittel of Sweden on Delaunay OLD in eighth. The Netherlands’ Edward Gal on Glock’s Zonik moved to ninth from 11th while Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg, who gave birth to a daughter last month, rounded out the top 10 with the U.S.-owned Damsey FRH.

Complete rankings as of the end of June are available here.

Steffen Peters and Rosamunde, the 11-year-old Rhinelander mare competing in Europe with a group of eight American horses vying to make the U.S. team for Tryon, North Carolina jumped to No. 26 in the world at the end of June, from 144th the previous month.

That put the pair behind Adrienne Lyle on Salvino that remained at No. 20 in the world. Adrienne, of Ketchum, Idaho rode Horizon into standing 96th, leaping from 228th the previous month, after 3 1/2 months of Big Tour competition for the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare.

Steffen of San Diego, California and Rosamunde in Rotterdam, Netherlands late last month were on their first American team in more than three years of international Grand Prix performances. The pair returned to a full schedule of CDIs this year after a break following the World Cup Final in Omaha in April, 2017.

Shelly Francis on Danilo was at No. 29, the same as the end of May.

Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, also back from a show break, climbed to No. 31 from 36th the previous month after their Rotterdam starts.

Steffen on Suppenkasper, his second Big Tour mount, was up to 39th from 43rd.

Dorothee Schneider moved up to 32nd on Faustus from 154th at the end of May. She has four horses on the world rankings with indications she may return to competition this month with Showtime, her 2016 Olympic team gold medal mount, that is recovering from an injury.

The emergence of new combinations with scant performance records and the return of others from lengthy absences indicate rankings for Great Britain do not reflect prospects for the world championships, but that is likely to change this week with the Hartpury, England CDI3*.

The top prospects for the team appear to be Charlotte Dujardin on Mount St. John Freestyle ranked 69th, up from 268th the month before, and her mentor and partner in medal generation Carl Hester on Hawtins Delicato at No. 288 from 487th at the end of May.

Spencer Wilton on Super Nova II, No. 47, is entered at Hartpury for their first show since last November. The pair’s previous month’s ranking of No. 46 was taken over by Emile Faurie on Donio di Maggio, up from 185th the previous month. Emile is the top ranked British rider at 30th on Delatio.