Danish Anders Dahl is currently leading the Western European League World Cup Ranking after the first four world cup qualifiers held in 2007. Aboard Fiona Bigwood's 17-year old gelding Afrikka, Dahl tops the ranking with 56 points followed by Dutch Laurens van Lieren on Hexagon's Olright.
Quality comes of age as Dahl and Afrikka are scoring personal best marks this autumn, some at the Western European League indoor world cup qualifiers, which started three weeks ago in Odense, Denmark. The autumn season started with two high scores of 75 % in the Kur at the CDI Fritzens and CDI Piber followed by an impressive win in the World Cup qualifier at the CDI-W Kaposvar. Three weeks ago at the CDI-W Odense, Dahl and Afrikka scored 68.708 in the Grand Prix and 72.750% in the Kur to Music finishing 8th twice. Two weeks later, he neared those marks at the CDI-W Stockholm, scoring 67.750% in the Grand Prix and 71.550% in the Kur to Music, landing a 7th and 6th place behind the world's best riders.
Due to a change of rules for the season 2007-2008 the World Cup title defender does not receive World Cup™ Points! This time title defender Isabell Werth was the winner in Odense and Frankfurt but for this reason she is not listed in the rankings. Also Canadian Evi Strasser didn’t receive World Cup Points at the Western European League qualifiers in London and Mechelen.
The current Western European League World Cup ranking is:
1. Anders DAHL (DEN) 56
2. Laurens VAN LIEREN (NED) 43
3. Anky VAN GRUNSVEN (NED) 40
3. Jan BRINK (SWE) 40
5. Nathalie ZU SAYN WITTGENSTEIN (DEN) 39
6. Patricia CALLAGHAN (NED) 35
7. Jeroen DEVROE (BEL) 32
8. Catherina HADDAD (USA) 30
9. Victoria MAX THEURER (AUT) 29
10. Louise NATHHORST (SWE) 24
11. Stephanie CROXFORD (GBR) 23
12. Emma KARLSSON (SWE) 20
13. Juan Manuel MUNOZ DIAZ (ESP) 19
13. Silvia IKLE (SWI) 19
15. Wayne CHANNON (GBR) 18
15. Aat VAN ESSEN (NED) 18
The 2007-2008 Western European League World Cup Qualifier circuit continues with the Qualifier in Amsterdam January 24-27, 2008. After Amsterdam one more qualifier is at stake before the final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
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