Phillip Dutton Leads U.S. Charge in Final FEI Rankings, Michael Jung Tops Charts

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn at Aachen. Photo by Jenni Autry. Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn at Aachen. Photo by Jenni Autry.

No one is surprised to see Michael Jung is World No. 1 in the final FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings, leading by a whopping 159 points over second-placed Chris Burton. Tim Price, William Fox-Pitt and Shane Rose round out the top five. Shane jumped all the way from 25th to fifth place to end the year after finishing one-two at Adelaide CCI4* with CP Qualified and Virgil.

Phillip Dutton finishes the season ranked seventh in the world, making him the leading U.S. rider on the charts. He had a strong end to the year, taking the Reserve National Championships in both the CCI3* and CCI2* at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International with Mighty Nice and Z, respectively, plus a win in the Galway Downs CCI3* with Fernhill Fugitive.

Boyd Martin (10th) joins Phillip as the only other U.S. rider to end the year in the top 10 of the rankings after finishing three horses in the top three at Fair Hill CCI3*. Team USA has three additional riders in the top 30: Lauren Kieffer in 19th, Marilyn Little in 25th and Buck Davidson in 28th.

Another two U.S. riders sit in the top 50, with Matt Brown in 35th place, boosted by the top American performance at Boekelo CCIO3* with Super Socks BCF, and Tamie Smith in 41st after her dominant win in the Fair Hill CCI3* with Mai Baum.

For Canada, Waylon Roberts is the highest ranked Canadian in the world in 80th place, followed closely by Jessica Phoenix in 86th place. Click here to see the final FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings for 2015.

[FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings]