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Dujardin reclaims top spot

Double Olympic dressage gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin has reclaimed the sport's world number one spot.

British star Dujardin and her London 2012 horse Valegro are back on top of the world rankings following their victory in last month's Reem Acra FEI World Cup event at London Olympia.

The 27-year-old won team and individual gold at London 2012, and was awarded an OBE in the recent New Year Honours.

Gloucestershire-based Dujardin also holds dressage world records for grand prix and grand prix special tests with Valegro, the 10-year-old gelding that is co-owned by Dujardin's fellow Olympic team gold medal winner Carl Hester.

Moves are under way aimed at keeping the Dujardin/Valegro partnership together, with hopes that a syndicate can be established to keep the horse in Britain with its current rider.

A potential sale has been widely speculated upon since the Olympics finished five months ago, although Dujardin currently retains the ride.

Former world number one pairing Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival have dropped to second, just 37 ranking points behind Dujardin, while the third member of Britain's Olympic title-winning team - Laura Bechtolsheimer - is fourth on Mistral Hojris. Hester, meanwhile, lies 21st.

In the latest showjumping world rankings, Britain's Nick Skelton has climbed two places to third behind Germany's Christian Ahlmann and reigning Olympic champion, Switzerland's Steve Guerdat.

Michael Whitaker is the next highest-ranked British rider in 23rd, with Ben Maher 24th and Scott Brash 26th.