Brits and Kiwis Dominate FEI World Rankings Ahead of WEG

Tim Price jumped to No. 2 in the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings following his win at Burghley. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Great Britain and New Zealand are occupying nine of the top 10 slots on the latest FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings as we count down to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon next week.

Britain’s Oliver Townend continues to hold a commanding lead as FEI World No. 1 with 569 points. Tim Price‘s decisive victory at Burghley with Ringwood Sky Boy moved him up to second in the rankings with 465 points to lead the way for New Zealand.

Team GB occupies the next two slots, with WEG bound Ros Canter slipping one spot in the rankings to third with 427 points. Sarah Bullimore‘s fourth place finish at Burghley with Reve de Rouet moved her up to fourth on 421 points.

Jonelle Price remains in fifth place with 409 points, and while she did not compete at Burghley she heads to WEG with Badminton winter Classic Moet and is a strong favorite to challenge for a medal for the Kiwis at Tryon.

Laura Collett jumped up five spots to sit sixth for Britain on 351 points. Andrew Nicholson is back in the top 10 thanks to finishing third at Burghley with four-star rookie Swallow Springs; he holds the seventh slot for New Zealand on 345 points.

Gemma Tattersall slipped from third down to eighth on 334 points but will look to regain ground as a member of the British WEG squad with Arctic Soul. Mark Todd also moved back into the top 10 for New Zealand and sits ninth on 333 points.

Andrew Cooper sits 10th on 332 points to bring a bit of Aussie flavor to the Brit-Kiwi stronghold that currently controls the top 10.

Four U.S. riders sit inside the top 20 of the rankings, with Lynn Symansky continuing to lead the way in 12th on 330 points. Boyd Martin sits just behind her in 13th with 328 points. Buck Davidson moved up into the top 20 and now sits 17th on 315 points. Will Coleman holds the 18th slot on 308 points.

Other U.S. riders in the top 50 include U.S. WEG squad members Phillip Dutton and Lauren Kieffer in 27th and 28th, respectively, with 290 and 285 points. Liz Halliday-Sharp is ranked 37th with 265 points. Caroline Martin sits 40th with 262 points.

Selena O’Hanlon remains the highest ranked rider for Canada, currently sitting in the 85th slot on 182 points.

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