Laura Graves and Verdades Move to Number Two in FEI World Dressage Rankings

Lexington, Ky. – August 1, 2017 – Laura Graves and Verdades have advanced to the number two spot in the FEI World Dressage Rankings after a successful showing at the 2017 World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen in July. This equals the highest ranking ever by a U.S. dressage combination. Germany’s Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD remain world-ranked number one. Great Britain’s Carl Hester and Nip Tuck are ranked third.

Previously, Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and the 2002 KWPN gelding, who defeated Werth and Weihegold OLD in the Grand Prix Special in CDIO5* Aachen, held the number four spot since August 2016 following the Rio Olympic Games where they won a team bronze medal and placed fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Graves and Verdades first appeared on the world standings in February 2014, ranked 458th, after their first two international competitions at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival.

U.S. combinations Steffen Peters and Ravel were world number two in June and July 2009, and Debbie McDonald and Lisa Wilcox were frequently world number two from 2003 to 2005.

Top Ten FEI Individual Dressage Rankings

Rank/FEI ID/Athlete/Horse/Country/Points

1 10011389
WERTH, Isabell
WEIHEGOLD OLD GER 3044
2 10073303
GRAVES, Laura VERDADES USA 2638
3 10011469
HESTER, Carl
NIP TUCK GBR 2523
4 10011389
WERTH, Isabell
EMILIO 107 GER 2483
5 10022363
ROTHENBERGER, Sönke
COSMO 59 GER 2447
6 10011389
WERTH, Isabell
DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2400
7 10019441
DUFOUR, Cathrine
ATTERUPGAARDS CASSIDY DEN 2333
8 10042244
JURADO LOPEZ, Severo Jesus
LORENZO ESP 2286
9 10011374
MERKULOVA, Inessa
MISTER X RUS 2266
10 10025004
MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter GLOCK’S FLIRT NED 2253
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