Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB World No. 1 in Major Reshuffle of Rankings
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Sept. 2, 2021
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl has become world No. 1 on TSF Dalera BB, the top placed combination in the Olympics and the first top ranking in the career of the 35-year-old rider.
Jessica and the 14-year-old Trakehner mare moved into the top spot while German Olympic team mate Isabell Werth on Bella Rose dropped to 11th in the world after 26 months at No. 1, with new rankings that substantially shook up the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) standings.
The changes were not announced in advance but the latest rankings indicate the “freeze” that had been in effect since April 2019 due to coronavirus was updated . The effect is that results from the 2019 European Championships were no longer included, thus breaking a year-long logjam in top standings.
Rankings for Isabell and Bella Rose and team mate Dorothee Schneider on Showtime, who dropped to 23rd from No. 3 at the and of July counted only seven results from 2021 for each combination, the only scores logged since the 2019 Europeans. The total for Jessica and Dalera included one result from 2019–attained three months after the 2019 Europeans.
Bella Rose will be retired from competition at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany later this month.
Isabell and Weihegold OLD, a former world No. 1 and three-time World Cup champion, are No 2 in the world in the latest rankings. She ranked fifth on Emilio and eighth on DSP Quantaz.
Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour on Bohemian moved up to No. 3, the highest ever ranking for the duo and up from fifth the previous month.
Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain on Mount St. John Freestyle also moved up two places to fourth, while on her Olympic mount, Gio, were ranked sixth.
Jessica and Zaire-E moved to seventh while Edward Gal on Glock’s Total US moved to No. 9, the first time in the top 10, based on the pair’s Olympic results.
The entire United States silver medal team climbed in the standings–Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper to No. 13 from 17th, Adrienne Lyle on Salvino to 15th from 18 and Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo up to 17th from 22nd. The standings were the highest ever for Steffen on Suppenkasper and Sabine on Sanceo.
Another impact of updating standings based on results from late 2019 that will revert over time to the best eight scores over the previous 12 months is that the number of combinations on the rankings list has shrunk to 885 at the end of August from 1,047 at the end of July.
The complete rankings are available at https://data.fei.org/Ranking/Search.aspx?rankingCode=D_WR