Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro knocked off world no.1 spot

  • The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival have re-taken the number one slot in the FE world dressage rankings — demoting Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro.

    Adelinde and Parzival who the last qualifying leg of the Reem Acra FEI world cup, meaning they now lead the rankings by 97 points. Her 16-year-old Olympic partner Jerich Parzival missed the Dutch show CHIO Rotterdam in June, after being diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia — a problem with his heartrate.

    Helen Langehanenberg of German and Damon Hill are in second place with 2,802 points. The pair won the 2013 Reem Acra FEI world cup in April with a personal best of 88.286%.

    Charlotte and Valegro — who beat Adelinde to individual gold at the London Olympics — are in third place on 2,536.

    Their double gold at Greenwich made them the first British combination to head the world rankings.

    Another British combination — Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi — are the biggest mover in the world top 40.

    They have shot up from 159th to 31st place, largely on the strength of their grand prix special victory at Hartpury Festival of Dressage last month, where they posted a personal best of 74.583%.

    Michael and Delphi make their senior European Championships debut in Denmark later this month. They join Britain’s Olympic gold medal trio of Charlotte Dujardin (Valegro), Carl Hester (Uthopia) and Laura Tomlinson (Mistral Hojris) — at what is likely to be the chestnut gelding’s swansong.

    Don’t miss the next issue of H&H, out on 15 August, for an exclusive interview with Michael Eilberg.

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