At the close of the year 2017, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) published the final World Dressage Riders Ranking of the year, which includes all CDI results of 2017. Isabell Werth has a firm grip on the number one spot.
Aboard Christine Arns-Krogman's Oldenburg mare Weihegold OLD (by Don Schufro x Sandro Hit), Werth has been ruling the roost in 2017 and stands far apart and ahead of the competition with 2970 ranking points achieved.
Sönke Rothenberger and the Dutch warmblood Cosmo (by Van Gogh x Landjonker) are the number two with 2586 points, followed by Isabell Werth on spot three with Madeleine Winter-Schulze's Emilio (by Ehrenpreis x Cacir AA) on 2577 points.
The top three is thereby covered by Germans, who take up a further three spots (six in total) in the top 10!
Highest ranked non-German rider is American Laura Graves and her Dutch warmblood Verdades (by Florett As x Goya) on spot four with 2525 points. Graves earned the majority of her points by placing second at the 2017 World Cup Finals and by high scoring at the 2017 CDIO Aachen.
Britain's Carl Hester and Nip Tuck dropped from spot 7 to 22 on the final 2017 ranking despite his high scores at the 2017 European Champoinships. Jane de la Mare's Nip Tuck (by Don Ruto x Animo) only competed at three shows this year: Amsterdam, Omaha and Gothenburg.
Britain's Lara Butler (née Griffith) made a big leap forward moving from spot 52 to 35 on Wilfried Bechtolsheimer's Rubin al Asad (by Rubin Royal).
See the final 2017 World Cup Riders Ranking here.
Photo © Astrid Appels
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