Sabine Schut-Kery & Sanceo Top American Partnership on World Rankings for First Time

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Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo overcome by emotion after the ride of their career at the Olympics where the United States earned team silver. File photo. © Lily Forado for dressage-news.com

Feb. 1, 2022

Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo are the top ranked American combination on the world standings for the first time in the career of the combination that led the United States team to Olympic silver in Tokyo last summer.

Sabine is based in Napa, California but currently at Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival seeking to qualify the 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion for a place on America’s team at the world championships in Herning, Denmark in August.

Sabine and the partnership with Sanceo of more than 12 years ranked 24th in the world as of the end of January to overtake Steffen Peters of San Diego, California and Suppenkasper that were team mates at the Tokyo Games and dropped to No. 26 from 12th. Adrienne Lyle of Wellington and Salvino the third duo on the history-making team were 63rd.

All three pairs are below their highest rankings in the past with Sabine and Sanceo recording only seven of the maximum of eight scores from the past year and have not competed since the Olympics where they placed third individually in the team medal-deciding Grand Prix Special. Steffen and Suppenkasper also had only seven results for the year while Adrienne and Salvino had only six scores over the past year to count for the rankings and they, too, have not competed since Tokyo.

Sabine and Sanceo competed in their first international championship, the World Young Horse Championships, a decade ago and in 2015 rode at Small Tour on the U.S. gold medal team at the Pan American Games.

A year ago, the pair were 80th in the world behind Adrienne and Salvino and climbed as high as 14th in September with their Olympic results included in eight scores.

Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on TSF Dalera BB remained No. 1 for the sixth straight month while there were relatively minor changes in the top tier of the standings.

Complete rankings are available here.