Britain's Tim Stockdale: “The world ranking has become an obsession for a lot of riders”

Tim Stockdale and Corlato in 2007
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Thursday 11 January - 17h25 | Ian Clayton

Britain's Tim Stockdale: “The world ranking has become an obsession for a lot of riders”

It creates storylines and stars, but what are its downsides? British Show Jumping veteran Tim Stockdale questions the merits of the current rider ranking system in his sport in a new column.

 - Britain's Tim Stockdale: “The world ranking has become an obsession for a lot of riders”

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Writing for worldofshowjumping.com, Stockdale draws on three decades of experience to describe how today’s rankings affect invitations and selections to shows, and can, in his view, have negative impacts on riders and mounts as they criss-cross the world "chasing points.”

Stockdale adds that for him, the rankings contribute to perpetuating the status quo among the top-ranked athletes, and a sameness in the field of competitors from one competition to another. They can also lead to legendary riders not participating if their ranking is not high enough, he says, arguing for more flexibility for show organizers to invite who they want. 

Advocating for changes in how points are calculated and in the rules for who can compete, Stockdale, who suffered a broken neck at one point and has lost top horses to injury, adds his voice to the ongoing discussion about the evolution of the sport. Read his full column here. 

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