Dorothee Schneider & Showtime Confirmed as World No. 3, Isabell & Bella Rose 1st, Weihegold 2nd

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Dorothee Schneider and Showtime at the European Championships. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sept. 3, 2019

Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH were confirmed Tuesday as the new No. 3 in the world at the end of August, up from 20th the previous month behind European Championship team mate and triple gold medalist Isabell Werth on Bella Rose at No. 1 and Weihegold OLD in second.

Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Cassidy leapefrogged to eighth in the world from 71st at the end of July while Edward Gal of the Netherlands on Glock’s Zonik leaped to 12th from 85th, both based on results at the continental championships in Rotterdam, according to the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) standings released Tuesday. Complete standings here.

Isabell and Bella Rose, European team, individual and freestyle gold medalists, topped the rankings for the second month after posting 18 straight victories since returning 14 months ago from a 3 1/2-year absence from competition.

Americans Laura Graves on Verdades was moved back one spot to No. 4 while their 2016 Olympic bronze medal and 2018 World Equestrian Games team mate Kasey Perry Glass on Dublet dropped to No. 10.

Neither of the top two American partnerships have competed since the World Cup Final five months ago.

As one of the six German pairs to be in the top 10, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB who was awarded European Freestyle bronze in addition to team gold climbed to No. 5, up one place from July. Sönke Rothenberger on Cosmo, also on Germany’s gold medal team, slipped a couple of places to sixth in the world.

Helen Langehanenberg on the American-owned Damsey FRH was not at the Europeans, but the pair was at No. 9, down from fifth a month earlier.

Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Zack who led Denmark to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo climbed one place to seventh while Cathrine and Cassidy was the second Danish combination in the top 10.

Other big moves up were Patrik Kittel of Sweden on Well Done de la Roche CMF to 13th from 21st in July and Ireland’s Judy Reynolds on Vancouver K to No. 15 from 23rd.

Dorothee Schneider and Faustus vaulted to 41st in the world from 155th in July in addition to her European Championship success on Showtime that included becoming only the sixth combination in history to achieve a score of at least 90%.