Dujardin trots back to top of world rankings

CHARLOTTE Dujardin has received the perfect new year boost with the British rider and Valegro back on top of the FEI World Dressage Rankings.

Dujardin and her 10-year-old gelding have reclaimed top spot thanks to their superb efforts at Olympia in December.

The London 2012 stars once again lead the rankings with 2,943 points ahead of last year’s Olympic silver medallists Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, of Holland, who are just 37 points behind the leading duo on 2,907.

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Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW hold onto third (2,731) followed by another British duo – Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris – still in fourth place on 2,555 points.

Meanwhile, British Eventing have announced the return of Mattingley Horse Trials to the Eventing fixtures list for the 2013 season.

The event – sponsored by Catlin (UK) Ltd – returns to Mattingley, near Hook in Hampshire, on June 7 and 8.

Organisers Richard Clapham and Natalie Samuel are putting on a wide range of classes at the popular event in British Eventing’s Southern region – BE100, BE100 Open, BE100Plus, IN, N and ON.

There will also be a “special star section” open to Novice and Intermediate horses with less than 60 points.

Combinations will ride the FEI CIC* test followed by Intermediate Novice showjumping and Novice cross country with enhanced prize money on offer for successful combinations.

David Broome has been appointed president of the British Showjumping Association, the organisation has announced. Welshman Broome, 72, won two Olympic bronze medals and several world and European championship medals during a glittering showjumping career that spanned four decades at top level.