Newly Crowned Dutch Champions Dinja van Liere & Hermès Move Into Top 10 in World

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Dinja van Liere and Hermes. File photo. © Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

May 9, 2022

Newly crowned Dutch Champion Dinja van Liere and Hermès have climbed into the top 10 in the world, the highest ranking for the partnership in the year since making a first appearance on the standings.

Dinja and the 10-year-old KWPN stallion jumped to No. 9 in the world, nine places higher than the previous month. Dinja and Hermès have been partnered through World Young Horse Championships to take bronze as a six-year-old then being selected for Holland’s Olympic team last summer to have it snatched away by a bureaucratic screwup.

The pair first made the rankings at the end of April last year at 747th in the world. By the end of the year the duo made it to 19th.

Dinja and Hermès captured the Dutch championship Sunday and currently is the leading combination for the Netherlands heading to the world championships in Herning, Denmark in three months. Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Dream Boy had to scratch from the championships but are ranked at No. 8, up from 10th at the end of March.

Germany’s Olympic, European Championships and World Cup gold medal pair of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB remain atop the FEI rankings for the 10th month on 3,149 points, a level that is second only to the 3,228 points accumulated by Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro in July 2015.

Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian maintained their No. 2 ranking but moved up sharply to 12th from 28th on Vamos Amigos boosted by the World Cup reserve champion results.

Another substantial move included the Germany-based Australian Simone Pearce on Destano moving to 33rd from 91st.

American World Cup competitors Anna Buffini on Davinia la Douce went to 36th from 44th while Ashley Holzer and Havanna were up to No. 40 from 62nd.

Yvonne Losos de Muñiz of the Dominican Republic on Aquamarijn, another World Cup duo, climbed to 41st from 58th.

The biggest leap in the top 50 was by Germany’s Fabienne Müller-Lütkemeier and Valesco, up to No. 45 from 276 a month earlier.

Complete rankings are available here.