Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are top dressage pairing in the world

  • It’s official – Charlotte Dujardin is now the world’s number one dressage rider – the first British rider ever to achieve this accolade.

    Charlotte and her double Olympic gold winning mount Valegro knocked Adelinde Cornellisen and Jerich Parzival from the top spot in the FEI rider rankings to 31 August, revealed yesterday (5 September).

    The Dutch pairing had been top of the league since July 2011.

    Charlotte and “Blueberry” are now seven points ahead of Adelinde and Parzival.

    “It is fantastic to see Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro leading the Dressage Rankings after their incredible performance in Greenwich Park,” said FEI dressage director Trond Asmyr.

    “The pair have been key to helping Great Britain re-write dressage history and have highlighted the fact that the sport is in an exciting period of change, with lots of new faces now in the mix.

    “Charlotte’s natural talent and her partnership with the hugely successful Carl Hester mean that she is a valuable driving force for future generations of dressage riders.”

    Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris have dropped to fourth place in the rankings, despite winning team gold and individual bronze in Greenwich.

    But the biggest movers in the latest dressage rankings are USA rider Steffen Peters and Ravel, who have moved up from 192nd to 16th place, and Holland’s Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover, who have risen from 198th place to 17th.

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