Phillip Dutton’s WEG Mount Z Tops 2018 WBFSH World Rankings for Event Horse Breeders

Phillip Dutton and Z. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Phillip Dutton‘s 2018 Tryon World Equestrian Games mount, Z, has added another star to his crown: the top spot on the final 2018 WBFSH/Rolex World Rankings for Breeders of Eventing Horses.

The rankings are based on FEI results from Jan. 1, 2017 to Sept. 9, 2018. Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding (ASCA x Bellabouche, by Babouche VH Gehucht Z) owned by the Z Partnership, was bred by Bezouw Van A M.C.M in Belgium where he was developed through CCI* eventing and CSI* show jumping. The horse came stateside in 2015 and excelled in Phillip’s program, collecting myriad top five finishes at the three-star level including wins in the 2017 Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* and 2018 WEG Test Event CIC3* at The Fork. This year the pair was 4th in the horse’s four-star debut at Kentucky and 6th at WEG, the best American result.

Z’s accrual of 310 points nudged him over Tim Price‘s WEG 6th place WEG finisher partner Cekatinka (2nd with 307 points); Clarke Johnstone‘s 2017 Adelaide winner Balmoral Sensation (3rd with 294 points); Ros Canter‘s 2018 WEG gold medalist Allstar B (4th with 291 points; and Ros Canter‘s mount Zenshara, who has finished in the top 10 in all four of his four-star outings (5th with 286 points).

Other U.S. horses that made the ranking list’s top 50 are Boyd Martin‘s 2018 WEG mount Tsetserleg (21st); Liz Halliday-Sharp‘s 8th place Luhmühlen finisher Deniro Z; Marilyn Little‘s named WEG mount RF Scandalous (39th); Caroline Martin‘s successful CCI3* horse Islandwood Captain Jack (43rd); and Will Coleman‘s Great Meadow winner Off the Record (48th).

View the complete 2018 WBFSH/Rolex World Ranking List for Breeders of Eventing Horses here.

On other fronts, the WBFSH/Rolex World Ranking List for Eventing Studbooks has been overtaken by the KWPN (Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederland), relegating the Irish Sport Horse Studbook to second after its stronghold at the top for several years. Leading the way for the Dutch were the top point earning Dutch Warmbloods Cekatinka, Allstar B, Zenshera, Deniro Z and Ceylor LAN. Rounding out the list’s top three is the Stud Book du Cheval Selle Français (ANSF).

View the complete WBFSH/Rolex World Ranking List for Eventing Studbooks here.