Townend Still Tops FEI World Eventing Rankings, 5 Americans in Top 25

Phillip Dutton remains the highest ranked U.S. rider. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

With October points now calculated, Great Britain’s Oliver Townend still holds the FEI World No. 1 position with 569 points. After Oliver fell from Cilnabradden Evo on cross country at Les Etoiles de Pau on Saturday, Ros Canter had the opportunity to become the first female FEI World No. 1 since Mary King in 2011.

Ros had to finish third or better at Pau to pass Oliver. She could afford one rail down in show jumping with Zenshera and still stay on the podium, but two poles ultimately fell, in addition to one time penalty. Ros finishes her season ranked second in the world for Great Britain with 564 points.

The top three of the rankings remained unchanged this month, with New Zealand’s Tim Price holding the third slot on 514 points. Tim’s better half Jonelle Price slipped three spots in the rankings and now sits seventh on 384 points.

Germany’s Michael Jung jumped back into the top 10, moving up 12 spots in the rankings to sit fourth on 400 points thanks to finishing first and second at Strzegom CCI3*. Michael is on the mend after breaking his arm in a fall at Le Lion d’Angers, and EN continues to wish him all the best for speedy healing. Fellow German Ingrid Klimke jumped into the top 10, climbing 19 spots to 355 points.

Gemma Tattersall and Pamero 4 at Pau. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Great Britain has five riders in the top 10 of the rankings. Gemma Tattersall’s second-place finish at Pau with Pamero 4 boosted her 20 spots to take the fifth slot on 391 points. Tom McEwen jumped one spot to sixth with 389 points. Piggy French remained in eighth on 378 points.

Phillip Dutton is the only American rider ranked in the top 10 and held on to ninth place on 359 points. Boyd Martin slipped one spot to 15th on 331 points. Lauren Kieffer jumped 16 spots to 20th on 320 points. Lynn Symansky and Caroline Martin are tied for the 22nd spot on 317 points.

The U.S. has three other riders ranked in the top 50. Buck Davidson dropped to 30th with 295 points. Liz Halliday-Sharp climbed 13 spots to 32nd with 287 points. Will Coleman slipped to 47th with 263 points.

Waylon Roberts and Lancaster at Great Meadow CICO3*. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Waylon Roberts is now the highest ranked Canadian rider in the world in the 151st slot with 137 points. Jessica Phoenix is close behind in the 155th slot on 121 points.

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