Graves World #4 as Werth Continues Dominance

Laura Graves and Verdades
Credit : Scoopdyga

Tuesday 03 January - 15h03 | Ian Clayton

Graves World #4 as Werth Continues Dominance

Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD head into 2017 as World #1 in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Individual Dressage Ranking. The 47-year-old German rider leads the world after a 2016 where she increased her medal count to 10 in Rio, the most of any equestrian in more than a century at the Olympic Games. Top-ranked American Laura Graves is in fourth with Verdades. 

 - Graves World #4 as Werth Continues Dominance

Isabell Werth and Weihegold
Credit : Scoopdyga

The U.S. pair are nominated for equestrian and horse of the year by the United States Equestrian Federation after taking fourth place in the Olympic Freestyle in Brazil. 

As Dressage News notes, 47-year-old Werth is the first top-ranked rider in more than seven years to have a second horse in the top 10: Emilio at No. 8. The last athlete to do it? Werth, in 2009 — #1 on Satchmo, her Olympic team gold medal horse in 2008, and #5 on Warum Nicht.

Werth’s Rio team mates Kristina Bröring-Sprehe with Desperados FRH remain in second place while Dorothee Schneider with Showtime FRH is third.

Completing the current top five is Great Britain’s Carl Hester with Nip Tuck, who were beside their World Champion and Olympic team mate Charlotte Dujardin for the retirement of Valegro at the Olympia Horse Show in London last month. The legendary pair of Dujardin and Valegro came in 40th in the ranking.

The full FEI rankings as of 31/12/2016 are available here

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