Steve Guerdat remains World No.1; McLain Ward in hot pursuit

Steve Guerdat and Venard de Cerisy in Geneva in December, 2018
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Steve Guerdat remains World No.1; McLain Ward in hot pursuit

The Longines Rankings of the top show jumpers in the world has just been published for February by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). And after snatching the World No.1 armband from the Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders at the start of the year, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat will hold onto it it for at least another month. Still, American McLain Ward is hot on Guerdat's heels, almost pushing his rival out of the top spot.

 - Steve Guerdat remains World No.1; McLain Ward in hot pursuit

Previously, Steve Guerdat had only held the number one ranking in the world for one month in his career, in December 2012. But the London 2012 Olympic Champion has now doubled his personal record with a second-straight month at the summit of the sport, after taking the laurel from Smolders at the beginning of January. While none of his January results counted, the Swiss star now counts 3050 points, 80 more than his runner-up, New York State native McLain Ward. The American moved up one place on the podium thanks to his second place in the Wellington CSI4* Grand Prix on Tradition de la Roque, the former mare of Reed Kessler. After having solidly held onto the rank of best rider in the world last year, Harrie Smolders now rounds out the top three, with Marcus Ehning in fourth.
 
The rest of the top of the ranking shows little change this month. Fourth in the Longines FEI World Cup in Leipzig and second in the Amsterdam World Cup class with Tobago Z, then second in a major class in Amsterdam on Jasmien vd Bisschop, Daniel Deusser has climbed one place into fifth. The German displaced Swede Peder Fredricson, Great Britain’s Ben Maher and the American Elizabeth 'Beezie' Madden, the highest-ranked female rider at the moment. Despite his victory in the Dutch stage of the indoor circuit, Henrik von Eckermann drops down to ninth ahead of Eric Lamaze, who has dipped his toe back into competition recently in the United States after months away due to illness. 

See here for the full ranking
 

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