Image: Liz Gregg
The FEI have announced that Laura Graves and Verdades (aka diddy) are the new world number one ranked dressage combination. This is the first American partnership to be ranked world number 1, as they took home silver in the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix competitions, boosting their ranking points to 2714, and seized the top spot from Germany’s Isabel Werth and Weihegold Old at the FEI World Equestrian Games in September.
Isabel Werth and Weihegold Old held the number one position for almost 2 years, when they took over from fellow German Kristina Bröring-Sprehe in November 2016. This ground breaking change to the top spot has now pushed them back to second place with a total of 2713 points.
As the FEI Dressage World Cup Western European League starts on 17 October in Herning (DEN), we will no doubt see some dramatic changes throughout the season, as these top international Dressage riders compete to maintain their world ranking positions.
Watch the FEI Dressage World Cup: Herning on Friday 26 October at 8pm (Eastern).