The new FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings were released this morning, with Michael Jung jumping up to the No. 1 spot on the leaderboard thanks to winning Rolex with fischerRocana FST and finishing third with La Biosthetique Sam FBW. Michael has a healthy margin of more than 50 points over William Fox-Pitt, who slipped to second in the rankings with his fourth-place finish aboard Bay My Hero.
But enough about those guys — let’s talk about the Americans! We have two riders from Team USA in the top 10, with Boyd Martin jumping up to fourth in the rankings after finishing in seventh place at Rolex with Master Frisky. Phillip Dutton jumped inside the top 10 and is sitting in ninth in the rankings after finishing fifth and ninth at Rolex with Fernhill Cubalawn and Fernhill Fugitive, respectively.
Then we have five more Americans in the top 50 rankings: Buck Davidson in 12th, Erin Sylvester in 32nd, Lauren Kieffer in 34th, Colleen Rutledge in 38th, and Marilyn Little in 44th. Colleen jumped an incredible 200 PLACES in the rankings, from 236th to 38th, after finishing 11th and 14th at Rolex with Covert Rights and Shiraz, respectively. That is freaking unbelievable, ya’ll.
Jessica Phoenix is the highest placed rider for Canada, currently sitting in 79th place. Click the link below to view the full rankings.