Guerdat and Bianca named 2018 Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider & Horse

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Monday 11 February - 11h54 | Ian Clayton and press release

Guerdat and Bianca named 2018 Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider & Horse

At this past weekend’s CSI5* in Bordeaux, France, World No.1 show jumper Steve Guerdat of Switzerland and his mare Albfuehren’s Bianca were honored with the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider & Horse awards respectively.

 - Guerdat and Bianca named 2018 Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider & Horse

Guerdat receiving his award in Bordeaux
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Guerdat, who was already easily qualified for the World Cup Final in Gothenburg prior to Bordeaux and ended up third in the Western European standings, finished 31st in the big 1.65m World Cup class at the French competition on Hannah. Victory went to Germany’s Daniel Deusser, who prevailed in the league standings by a large margin with 99 points. 

The awards were created in 2018 by Longines and the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). At time time, FEI President Ingmar de Vos explained:  “We’re very pleased to announce these two new awards, together with Longines, which will serve as an additional recognition of outstanding performance and achievement at the highest level of the sport.” For his part, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, said: “With our partner the FEI, we decided to create the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider and Horse awards in order to increase the global visibility of the discipline of Jumping. We hope that these awards will inspire more people to follow the results of the leading athletes and horses in the Longines Rankings throughout the year, get to know the many different competitions and understand how they are linked, such as the legs of the three Longines FEI World Cup Jumping series all leading towards the Final. By bringing together the heroes of Jumping on a global level, we are convinced that Jumping and equestrian sports in general will further extend their international outreach.”

The inaugural awards were won by Kent Farrington and McLain Ward's HH Azur. 

Accumulating points throughout the whole calendar year, award organizers further explained, the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse is determined by the horse’s 10 best results of the year in the Longines Rankings, whereas the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider is the leading rider in the rankings at the end of the year. Points for the Longines Rankings are accumulated in Grands Prix, Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping, including the Finals, as well as the World and European Senior Championships. Double points are awarded at Finals and Championships. Below: Bordeaux winners Daniel Deusser and Tobago Z. 

 - Guerdat and Bianca named 2018 Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider & Horse


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