Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro take over number one world dressage ranking

The FEI have updated the world dressage rankings after the London Olympics.  Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are the first British combination ever to have achieved this ranking.  Congratulations 🙂
This is how the FEI reported the latest rankings:

“Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and the 10-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Valegro, double Olympic gold medallists at London 2012, have taken over as world number one in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings and are the first British combination ever to top the world rankings.

With 2,867 points, the combination have moved up from second place to claim the top spot, seven points clear of former world number one and London silver medallists Adelinde Cornelissen (NED) and Jerich Parzival, the Dutch pair that have led the rankings since July 2011.

The British combination moved up from fourth to second in the rankings list published just before the Olympic Dressage Grand Prix, the first team qualifier on 2 August, and it was their performances at the London Games that have boosted them to the top of the rankings.

The 27-year-old Dujardin and Valegro led the British to a historic Olympic team gold in London’s Greenwich Park arena and then came out to produce an unforgettable Grand Prix Freestyle, performing to music from The Great Escape and the James Bond film Live And Let Die for the winning mark of 90.089. Dujardin, who competed in her first Grand Prix only last year, has been teamed up with Valegro since she joined team-mate Carl Hester’s stable as a groom in 2007.

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

“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.”

Germany continues to dominate the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking, with Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW now the highest-placed of the five German pairs occupying slots in the coveted top ten 10. With 2,626 points, they have taken third place from Great Britain’s London bronze medallists Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris, who are now in fourth with 2,591 points.

Biggest movers in the latest FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings are Steffen Peters (USA) and Ravel, who have moved up from 192nd to 16th, and Edward Gal (NED) and Glock’s Undercover, who have gone up from  to 198th place to 17th.”

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Rachael

View the latest FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings here.

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Watch Joann Formosa’s Gold Medal Test

I found this video of Joann’s Gold Medal test.

Congratulations Joann!

Proud Aussies…. 🙂

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Rachael

Joann Formosa – a fantastic Aussie – wins Gold

Here is Joann Formosa’s story of her Gold Medal – reported by Eurodressage:

“Another Paralympic first-timer stole the show this afternoon by dethroning the most decorated Para-Equestrian of all time, Lee Pearson, with an elegant and harmonious performance on her stallion Worldwide PB. Australia’s Joann Formosa’s third place on Thursday had alerted some to her medal potential, but it hadn’t really crossed anyone’s mind that she would be able to take on Lee Pearson and Pepo Puch on her second international appearance! The last time Joann competed internationally was in 2006 at Hartpury where she first met Lee Pearson and set her sights on one day winning gold at a Paralympic Games. “It’s been the goal of my life” she said emotionally after the prize-giving ceremony, “when I’m out there I feel great. I may not have great legs, I may be a bit sluggish on some days, but put me on a horse and I am different person. I am free”.

It wasn’t an easy task getting here with lots of training alongside constant medical attention and fundraising but thanks to the formidable Australian team, which she wished could come on the podium to receive the medal with her, she has achieved what she came out here to do.

Silver went to Lee Pearson who was very humble in defeat and genuinely proud of what he had done today. “I am just as proud of this silver medal as I am of my gold medals” he said after the prize giving ceremony. “It’s a numbers game. There are sports where you can only win one medal, whereas I have three chances. I hope to come out and redeem myself in the freestyle.”

This is what Joann had to say after achieving her dream:

“I wanted to be in the top ten, but really I wanted the gold. I knew what I wanted – I may not be good at walking, but I’m good at getting what I want.”

And on her horse Worldwide PB she said:

“He’s a stallion which is very unusual for Para-Equestrian sport, but he doesn’t behave like one, even around mares. He’s a real sweetie.”

What an amazing achievement.

If you would like to find out more about Joann’s story then Click Here

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Rachael

via First-time Lucky: Paralympic Debutants Take Grades II and Ib | eurodressage.

Joann Formosa wins Gold in the Individual Test at the Para Equestrian Games

Many congratulations to Jo Formosa on your fantastic win at the Para Equestrian Games at Greenwich.

Here is the report from Equestrian Australia.

“GOLD, GOLD, GOLD For Australia! The Australian national anthem has been played for the first time at Greenwich after Joann Formosa won the Gold medal in the individual Championship test at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In a nail biting final, Jo was cool under pressure and posted the performance of her life to defeat the world’s most successful Para-Equestrian to date, team GB’s Lee Pearson who has won this event for the past three consecutive Games. Joann’s score of 75.826 edged out Lee’s 75.321 to deliver Australia its first Para-Equestrian medal of any colour since the Sydney 2000 Games. Congratulations Jo!”

Go Aussie Go….

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Rachael

All the Olympic Equestrian news from London – Equestrian Life

If you missed out on any of the Olympic Equestrian News from London then Click Here to  go to Equestrian Life’s excellent summary of its coverage.  Access all the great photos by Franz Venhaus and interviews with Ricky MacMillan.  Also the daily reports from Chris Stafford.

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Rachael

Thanks to Equestrian Life

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro’s Gold Medal Grand Prix Freestyle

Here it is!!! Amazing 🙂

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Rachael

Lyndal Oatley’s last blog from the London Olympics

Here is Lyndal Oatley’s last blog from London.  Thanks to Equestrian Life for bringing these blogs to us during the Olympics.

Looking forward to the next Olympics in Rio!

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Rachael