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USA Olympian Kent Farrington Debuts in Longines World Number One Slot

Kent Farrington en route to team silver with Voyeur at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (FEI/Richard Julliart)

Lausanne (SUI), 4 May 2017 – Olympic silver medallist Kent Farrington (USA) has overtaken compatriot McLain Ward to jump up to the number one spot in the Longines Rankings for the first time.

Farrington, a member of the US squad that took team silver at last year’s Rio Olympic Games, was lying second in the previous rankings, separated from his fellow American by just 23 points. But the 36-year-old, who has featured prominently in the rankings since 2013, has had a great run of form recently, with a 5* victory in Antwerp with Sherkan D’Amaury, and a win in Miami and second in Shanghai with Creedance boosting his points tally to 3,255 to finally clinch the coveted world number one slot.

Ward, whose sensational win at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Finals in Omaha had put him on top of the world in the April rankings, has now slid back to second on 3018, 37 points adrift of Farrington, with Germany’s Daniel Deusser closing the gap in third on 3010.

Farrington is based in Wellington, Florida and has built up a strong string of 5* horses. He is a five-time FEI World Cup™ Jumping finalist and was just outside the individual medals in Rio when finishing fifth at the first ever Olympic Games to be hosted in South America.

Farrington also won team bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games, team bronze at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy and team gold at the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Guadalajara.

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Newly Crowned FEI World Cup Champion McLain Ward Moves to World Number One

McLain Ward with HH Azur (Liz Gregg/FEI)

McLain Ward (USA), the newly crowned Longines FEI World Cup™ champion and two-time Olympic team gold medallist, has reclaimed the world number one spot in the Longines Rankings.

“It is always a great honour to be number one. It reflects the consistency at the top level that we all strive for. Being named number one in the Longines Rankings immediately after my World Cup win is just a great feeling!” — McLain Ward

Ward and his 2016 Olympic mount HH Azur clinched victory at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Finals in Omaha (USA) last Sunday, bringing the 2016/17 season to a fairytale close and boosting Ward up from fourth to the number one spot in the Longines Rankings.

He replaces Germany’s Daniel Deusser, who has held pole position since January and now drops back to third. Fellow US Olympic teammate, Kent Farrington, remains in second, with Christian Ahlmann (GER) dropping from third to fourth and Eric Lamaze (CAN) holding onto fifth place.

Ward made his Olympic debut at Athens 2004 when he was a member of the US gold medal-winning team. He earned a second Olympic team gold at the Beijing 2008 Games, and finished sixth individually at London 2012. Ward also won individual gold and team bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games with Rothchild.

Despite announcing his retirement in April 2016, two months later Ward took over as world number one from French Olympian, Simon Delestre. Heading into the Rio Olympic Games in incredible form, Ward and HH Azur were foot-perfect throughout to help the US to team silver.

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Daniel Deusser New World Number One in Longines Rankings

Daniel Deusser (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

Lausanne (SUI), 4 January 2017 – Germany’s Daniel Deusser goes into 2017 as the new world number one in the Longines rankings, overtaking fellow-countryman Christian Ahlmann who has enjoyed a lengthy period in pole position. And America’s Kent Farrington (3rd) and McLain Ward (4th) have relegated Simon Delestre to fifth spot ahead of his French compatriot Kevin Staut. Germany’s Marcus Ehning remains in seventh place while Canada’s Rio Olympic individual bronze medallist Eric Lamaze has slipped slightly from sixth to eighth.

Deusser was lying third at the end of the previous rankings period, and a great run during the London International Horse Show at Olympia just before Christmas where he won the Grand Prix with Equita van T Zorgvliet, has helped promote him to the top slot. With 3,076 points, the 35-year-old heads Ahlmann by a full 70 points (3,006), while Farrington (2,950) just shades Ward (2,940). There has been little dramatic change in the top 10, although Frenchwoman Penelope Leprevost has dropped one place to 10th, while former world number one, Great Britain’s Scott Brash, has moved back into the top 10, up from 13th to ninth spot.

The new rankings reflect some super-competitive performances from riders who have the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2017 Final in Omaha, Nebraska (USA) in their sights. Deusser, who took the 2014 title and who, along with Ahlmann, was a member of the bronze medal winning German side at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, still has some work to do to earn his place on the starting blocks at the Final.

Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, 11th in the New Year rankings list, will be going for a back-to-back hat-trick of Longines titles when the Final gets underway on 27 March.

View full Longines Rankings here.

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Simon Delestre Regains Top Spot in Longines Rankings

Simon Delestre, pictured in the first round of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final 2016 in Gothenburg (SWE). FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst

Lausanne (SUI), 5 July 2016 – Olympic athlete Simon Delestre is back as world number one, having leapt to the top of the Longines Rankings, the world Jumping rankings.

The Frenchman took over the number one slot in March of this year from London 2012 Olympic team gold medalist Scott Brash, ending the Briton’s 11-month reign at the top of the leaderboard.

Three-time Olympian McLain Ward (USA), who held pole position in last month’s Longines rankings, now drops back to third behind Germany’s Christian Ahlmann, who is just 21 points behind Delestre.

Rio in sight

The French superstar Delestre was recently named with two horses, Qlassic Bois Margot and Ryan des Hayettes, on the long list for the French team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, now just 31 days away. Also named for the French squad was world number four Pénélope Leprevost with horses Vagabond de la Pomme and Flora de Mariposa.

View full Longines Rankings here.

Simon Delestre – early career

Simon Delestre has been lived and breathed equestrian sport since his childhood, when he watched his father Marcel compete.

His father, a national pony Jumping coach, and his close relationship with the pony Panama Cassou, owned by the French National Stud, were key to Delestre’s early career success. He won back-to-back national pony Jumping championships in 1994 and 1995. In 1999, he scored individual gold at the French Junior Championships and team bronze at the FEI European Junior Jumping Championships. The following year, he won team gold at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Young Riders and in 2009 stood top of the individual podium at the Mediterranean Games.

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Two-Time Olympic Gold Medallist McLain Ward Tops Longines Rankings

McLain Ward with Rothchild during the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games (FEI/Eric Knoll).

Lausanne (SUI), 3 June 2016 – American Olympic champion McLain Ward has shot from fourth to the top of the Longines Rankings, the world Jumping rankings.

France’s Simon Delestre, who competed at his first Olympic Games at London 2012 and had held the world number one spot since March, is now second, with Germany’s three-time Olympian Christian Ahlmann close behind in third.

France’s Penelope Leprevost, who made her Olympic début at London 2012, is now fourth, with Great Britain’s Scott Brash, who helped Great Britain to team gold at London 2012, now fifth.

McLain Ward was recently named on the short list with both horses HH Azur and Rothchild for the USA Olympic Jumping Team for Rio 2016.

“We are thrilled for McLain, his owners, and his support team. He is an extremely talented rider who produces horses with care and attention to detail. This is wonderful recognition and a great boost for U.S. show jumping.” said Robert Ridland, USA Chef d’Equipe.

About McLain Ward

Ward first competed at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, winning team gold. He went on to win team gold again at the Beijing 2008 Olympics Games, and finished sixth individually at London 2012. Ward also won individual gold and team bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

He was encouraged to ride from an early age, and at 14 became the youngest rider to win the United States Equestrian Team’s (USET) Show Jumping Talent Derby. Ten weeks later he became the youngest rider to win the USET Medal Finals and the first rider to win both titles in the same year. This early success led to him earning the nickname ‘The Kid’.

McLain’s father Barney won the 1982 Grand Prix of Devon in Pennsylvania, United States of America, 20 years to the day before his son claimed victory in the same competition.

View full Longines Rankings here.

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Simon Delestre Jumps to Top of Longines Rankings

Simon Delestre (FRA), the new world Jumping number one at the top of the Longines Rankings, pictured on the stallion Qlassic Bois Margot in Bordeaux (FRA), last qualifier of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League before the Final in Sweden. (FEI/Eric Knoll)

Lausanne (SUI), 2 March 2016 – France’s Olympic athlete Simon Delestre has jumped to the top of the Longines Rankings, the world Jumping rankings, breaking the 11-month run of Great Britain’s Scott Brash, now world number two.

Delestre, who competed at his first Olympic Games at London 2012 with Napoli Du Ry, scored individual bronze at the FEI European Jumping Championships 2015 in Aachen (GER) and team silver at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014.

Gothenburg calling

The 34-year-old from Metz (FRA), who finished second in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League standings, has earned his spot at the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Gothenburg (SWE) on 23-28 March, which starts on the day marking 135 days to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

He has made it to two FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals, in 2014 in Lyon and 2011 in Leipzig, and is now in pole position for this year’s Final.

Delestre, who has a 23-point lead over Brash, is now top of a leaderboard featuring world number three Kent Farrington (USA), who recently won the inaugural Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League on the East Coast, and new world number four and three-time Olympian McClain Ward (USA).

View full Longines Rankings here.

Simon Delestre – early career

Simon Delestre has been immersed in equestrian sport since his childhood, when he watched his father Marcel compete.

His father, a national pony Jumping coach, and his close relationship with the pony Panama Cassou, owned by the French National Stud, were key to Delestre’s early career success. He won the national pony Jumping championships twice in a row in 1994 and 1995. In 1999, he scored individual gold at the French Junior Championships and team bronze at the FEI European Junior Jumping Championships. The following year, he won team gold at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Young Riders and in 2009 he finished top of the individual podium at the Mediterranean Games.

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Scott Brash Back at the Top of the Longines Rankings

Scott Brash (GBR), pictured here at the Miami Beach 2015 CSI5* on Hello Sanctos, is back as world Jumping number one at the top of the Longines Rankings. (FEI/Amy Dragoo-arnd.nl)

Lausanne (SUI), 7 May 2015 – Scott Brash (GBR) is now back at the top of the Longines Rankings as world Jumping number one.

Brash, 29, the youngest member of the London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal winning British team, jumped into the lead of the Longines Rankings for the first time in his career in December 2013, and held on for an impressive 16 months.

Germany’s Daniel Deusser then managed to break this run last month, and headed to the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Las Vegas (USA) to defend his title wearing the coveted Longines Rankings leader armband.

Brash now has a 143-point lead on second-placed Deusser, and the reigning Olympic champion Steve Guerdat (SUI) has now been catapulted into third place from ninth in the Longines Rankings after winning the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Las Vegas.

Scott Brash in 2015

Brash, from Peebles in Scotland, is no stranger to success. After his Olympic début at London 2012, he went on to win team gold and individual bronze at the ECCO FEI European Jumping Championships in 2013.

In the same year, he became the youngest athlete to win the Longines Global Champions Tour, winning it again in 2014, and is currently top of the leaderboard for this year’s series.

With the FEI European Championships in Aachen (GER) now less than 100 days away on 11-23 August, Brash will be looking to be back on the individual podium and defending the British team title.

The complete Longines Rankings are available here.

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Scott Brash Jumps Up to World Number One Spot in Longines Rankings

Scott Brash, pictured here with his Olympic and European team gold medal and Longines Global Champions Tour winning horse Hello Sanctos. (Stefano Grasso/Longines)

Lausanne (SUI), 2 December 2013 – Scott Brash (GBR), currently second in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2013/2014 Western European League standings and the youngest member of the London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal winning British team, has jumped into the world number one spot in the Longines Rankings.

The 28-year-old from Peebles in Scotland has moved up from sixth place with 2,590 points, and is now 37 points clear of the former world number one, his compatriot Ben Maher (2,627 points).

Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum has also moved up four places into third with 2,495 points. The USA’s Beezie Madden, top-ranked female in the Longines Rankings, has dropped two places to fourth with 2,451, just one point ahead of Marcus Ehning (GER) in fifth.

Scott Brash started riding at the age of seven and competed in his first show two years later, rising quickly through the ranks to become Scottish number one. He made his international début in 2010 and was selected for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky the same year.

In December 2011, he took over the ride on Hello Sanctos, the horse he partnered to Olympic and European team gold. The latest triumph from Great Britain’s hottest Jumping prospects came at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha (QAT), when victory in the Grand Prix boosted Brash to the overall title – on his 28th birthday!

The complete Longines Rankings are available here.

Longines is the FEI’s first Top Partner. Under the historic agreement, Longines is the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FEI, and the partnership involves a number of major rights packages, including the Longines Rankings (the FEI World Rider Rankings for Jumping).

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Ben Maher Takes Over as World Number One in Longines Rankings

Ben Maher (GBR), pictured here with Cella at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, has jumped up to the top spot in the Longines Rankings. Photo: ES Photography.

Lausanne (SUI), 4 September 2013 – London 2012 Olympic team champion Ben Maher (GBR), who won team gold and individual silver at the P.S.I. FEI European Jumping Championships in Denmark last month, is the new world number one in the Longines Rankings, the FEI World Jumping Riders Rankings, for the first time in his career. This is a spectacular progress for the 30-year-old British rider who, with 2,510 points, has advanced from 19th place to claim the top spot.

With a 21-point lead, Maher has taken over from Christian Ahlmann, the German who has led the rankings since December 2012, and is now in fourth place on 2,410 points.

Elizabeth (Beezie) Madden of the United States, the top-ranked female rider, is the runner-up for a second month in a row on 2,489 points, ahead of Germany’s Marcus Ehning in third on 2,450.

Scott Brash, who was also on the British gold medal teams at last month’s FEI European Championships and in London 2012, joins his compatriot in the top 10, having moved up from 25th to ninth place.

Ben Maher took up Jumping at the age of eight and began competing in pony classes while he was still at school. He started training with former British rider Liz Edgar after leaving school, before spending two years with Beat Mändli in Switzerland. He won the FEI Pony European Championships two years in a row (1997 and 1998), and went on to win the FEI Young Rider European Championships in 2004.

In 2005, aged 22, he became the youngest rider to win the iconic Hickstead Derby, and in 2006 was named British Show Jumping’s Best Up and Coming Rider.

Maher made his Olympic debut in 2008 with Rolette. His second Olympic appearance was at London 2012 where, aboard the stallion Tripple X III, he secured team gold with Nick Skelton, Scott Brash and Peter Charles, the first Olympic British Jumping title in 60 years.

Ben Maher, with the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Cella and Tripple X III, has been pivotal in helping Great Britain secure its spot in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final, which takes place in Barcelona (ESP) at the end of this month.

The complete Longines Rankings are available here.

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Christian Ahlmann Holds World Number One Slot in Longines Rankings

Christian Ahlmann, pictured here with Codex One at the Gucci Paris Masters 2012, has held on to his world number one spot. Photo: Scoopdyga

Lausanne (SUI), 7 February 2013 – Christian Ahlmann (GER), the 2003 double European gold medallist, has held onto the world number one spot in the FEI World Rider Rankings for Jumping – now called the Longines Rankings.

The 38-year-old German jumped into the top spot in December 2012, and a run of successes in January has kept him out in front on 2,585 points, with a healthy 195-point lead over second-placed Steve Guerdat (SUI) who has 2,390 points. Nick Skelton (GBR) remains in third with 2,333 points.

Edwina Alexander-Tops (AUS) is still the top-ranked female and has jumped two spots to fourth with 2,298 points, while the Swiss have a second rider in the top 10, with Pius Schwizer moving up from seventh to fifth on 2,268 points.

Germany also has two riders in the top 10 of the Longines Rankings, although sixth-placed Marcus Ehning has dropped two places.

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