British riders end 2015 on top of the world

  • British dressage star Charlotte Dujardin will finish the year at the top of the FEI world dressage rider rankings.

    The monthly rankings were published by the FEI on 30 November, where she remained at number one for the 28th consecutive month.

    Charlotte and her multi gold medal-winning partner Valegro collected a total of 3,183 points this year — putting her more than 450 points ahead of second placed Germany’s Kristina Broring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH.

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    In third is the Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover NOP.

    Carl Hester was the next highest-placed Brit on the list in 12th with Nip Tuck.

    Charlotte and Valegro made history in 2012 when they became the first British combination to top the rankings.

    During 2013, Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival NOP from the Netherlands knocked them off the top spot for three months.

    But the British wonder pair reclaimed their crown.

    Charlotte and Valegro, who are the reigning World, Olympic and European champions, have had a successful 2015.

    In April, they won the World Cup Final in Las Vegas with a score of 94.169%.
    They also spearheaded the British team at the European Dressage Championships in Aachen (12-16 August).

    Their performance at the championships helped Great Britain to claim team silver and they also took individual gold in both the grand prix special and the freestyle.

    British riders have also dominated across the other lists.

    Sophie Christiansen has kept her position as the top para dressage rider in the world and is joined in the top 10 by her 2015 FEI European Para Dressage Championship teammates.

    Lee Pearson was ranked fifth, Anne Dunham sixth and Sophie Wells 10th.

    Meanwhile, 16-year-old Phoebe Peters and SL Lucci have retained their title as the number one pony dressage combination in the world.

    In showjumping, Scott Brash has once again headed the FEI Longines rider rankings, making it eight consecutive months at the top for him this year.

    Topping the world event rider list is Germany’s Michael Jung.

    William Fox-Pitt is the leading British event rider in fourth, with Kitty King, Nicola Wilson and Oliver Townend just missing out on the top 10 finishing in 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.

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