Steve Guerdat and Hannah at the Saut Hermès in Paris in 2018Credit : Scoopdyga
Wednesday 06 March - 14h45 | Ian Clayton
Still #1. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat hangs on to the World No.1 show jumper title and armband in the latest Longines Rankings, out today. Below him in the top 20 are all well-known names in the sport, with most retaining their rank for March and a few moving up and down a few places.
Daniel Deusser and Tobago Z in Lyon in 2018Credit : Scoopdyga
Indeed, just behind Guerdat in the elite classification is longtime American rival McLain Ward, and with the pair mostly competing on opposite rides of the Atlantic this winter, the Brewster, New York native has picked up enough points Stateside to stay at number 2. Germany’s Daniel Deusser, who has been stellar in European World Cup qualifying and last weekend won the Global Champions League opening leg in Doha with Swiss teammate Pius Schwizer, jumps up two spots from five to three. Deusser’s Tobago Z was recently named horse of the month by the FEI and is expected to be his partner at April’s Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Slipping out of that third position into a tie for fourth with Germany’s Marcus Ehning, former World No.1 Harrie Smolders has nonetheless shown he is more than capable of moving in the other direction at any moment. The next three riders in the top 10 all remain in place: Sweden’s Peder Fredricson, Britain’s Ben Maher and the U.S.’s Elizabeth Madden (6–7–8), while Guerdat’s compatriot Martin Fuchs (also competing recently at the WEF in Florida) breaks into the top ten, moving from 11th to ninth in the rankings. The top tier is rounded out by Italy’s Lorenzo De Luca, up two spots from 12th in the world last month.Underscoring Laura Kraut’s comment to GrandPrix that, “to break into any elite group, it takes a lot of effort and a lot of time,” the rest of the group of top 20 show jumpers on the planet today is made up of other equally established stars of the sport: Kent Farrington (up five spots to 11th); Henrik Von Eckermann (down three to 12th); Niels Bruynseels; Kevin Staut; Eric Lamaze (down five spots to #15 after a long hiatus due to illness); Christian Ahlmann; Nicola Philippaerts; Pieter Devos; Simon Delestre and Alberto Zorzi. The full (expandable) rankings are here.See here for an article from 2017 about the world rankings, including comments from Steve Guerdat.
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