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Dutch pair reclaim world’s top dressage spot

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival at the Indoor Brabant in 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) where they won the last qualifying leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage series.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) where they won the last qualifying leg of the World Cup Dressage series. © DigiShots/FEI

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival will be heading to the Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championships, part of the ECCO FEI European Championships, in Denmark later this month as world number one. 

The Dutch rider and her 16-year-old KWPN gelding now lead the FEI World Dressage Rankings by 97 points, ahead of  World Cup Dressage 2013 champions Helen Langehanenberg (GER) and Damon Hill NRW, who are in second place with 2,802 points.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and her 11-year-old Olympic partner Valegro, who became the first British combination to head the FEI World Dressage Rankings last September after securing London 2012 double gold in Greenwich Park, are third with 2,536 points.  They also made the top of the list in July.

The biggest mover in the world Top 40 is 27-year-old Michael Eilberg (GBR) and 11-year-old grey mare Half Moon Delphi, who have shot up from 159th to 31th place. The move is mainly thanks to their Grand Prix Special victory at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage, where they posted a personal best score of 74.583%, and second place in the Grand Prix Special at the Peterhof Dressur Gala in Perl-Borg (GER).

Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi will make their senior European Championships début in Herning, where they join Britain’s Olympic gold medal trio of Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Tomlinson.

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Valegro competing in the Grand Prix at CDIO 5* Rotterdam.

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Valegro competing in the Grand Prix at CDIO 5* Rotterdam. © Dirk Caremans/FEI

FEI World Dressage Rankings Top 10:
1. Adelinde Cornelissen (NED), JERICH PARZIVAL 2899
2. Helen Langehanenberg (GER), DAMON HILL NRW 2802
3. Charlotte Dujardin (GBR), VALEGRO 2536
4. Edward Gal (NED), GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER 2518
5. Kristina Sprehe (GER), DESPERADOS FRH 2494
6. Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfvén (SWE), DON AURIELLO 2438
7. Isabell Werth (GER), DON JOHNSON FRH 2331
8. Patrick Kittel (SWE), WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C. 2320
9. Valentina Truppa (ITA), FIXDESIGN EREMO DEL CASTEGNO 2307
10. Anna Kasprzak (DEN), DONNPERIGNON 2235

 

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