New Rules Separating Riders and Horses Jumble World Rankings

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Dinja van Liere and Hermes of the Netherlands earned individual and freestyle bronze medals at the world championships . Under new ranking rules, Dinja is sixth in the world and Hermes 7th. © 2022 Ken Braddick/

Oct. 4, 2022

New world dressage ranking rules places riders and horses into separate categories that keep some partnerships such as the top handful the same but many others such Dinja van Liere of the Netherlands ranked seventh but her world championship mount Hermes is No. 6 while America’s Adrienne Lyle is ranked ninth as a rider and Salvino is eighth.

Under the new rules implemented by the FEI–International Equestrian Federation–points for world ranking lists are awarded for the highest percentage scores obtained by riders and horses in a maximum of six tests over a rolling period of eight months. Only the two highest scores from an event will be counted instead of three typically available at Olympics, world and other championships. Beginning in 2006 to last month, scores for riders and horses were calculated as combinations over a rolling period of 12 months.

An example of the effect of the new rules–not including world No. 1 Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB still on maternity leave–Denmark’s Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour is No. 2 as is her world championship mount Vamos Amigos while Britain’s Charlotte Fry and Glamourdale are third, Isabell Werth of Germany and DSP Quantaz are aligned at No. 4 and Carina Cassøe Krüth of Denmark and Heilines Danciera at No. 5.

The new rule could favor riders with multiple horses–scores for Charlotte Fry, for example, are from three horses, Glamourdale, Everdale and Dark Legend over the past eight months.

For many, the placings of riders and horses do not match up.

Dinja van Liere of the Netherlands is ranked 7th and her world championship bronze medal mount Hermes is 6th, Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Touchdown are the reverse. America’s Adrienne Lyle stands at No. 9 while Salvino is No. 8 and team mate Steffen Peters is 17th while Suppenkasper is 15th.

Frederic Wandres on Germany’s bronze medal team in Herning is No. 12 while Duke of Britain is 34th. Bluetooth OLD, another of his horses, is ranked 20th. As a combination at the end of August, Frederic and Duke of Britain as a partnership were ranked 10th and on Bluetooth 23rd.

The top 30 riders and top 30 horses as of the end of the old standings at the end of August are shown below.