The FEI oversees around 70 rankings and standings across all its disciplines, from World Rankings calculated on a monthly basis for athletes, horses and/or combinations, to league, team and regional-based standings for series such as the FEI World Cup™ and FEI Nations Cup™, as well as a variety of youth categories, among others. Each month, we will bring you a snapshot of the main movers and shakers across these rankings.
This month, we have a special spotlight on the FEI Endurance Young Riders World Ranking, and a rising star from China for the special “Ranking Spotlight”.
Longines Jumping Rankings: Henrik Von Eckermann, one year as best Jumping athlete in the world
Henrik Von Eckermann (SWE) has maintained his position as Number 1 in the Longines Rankings for the last 12 months, with a total of 3655 points. Following closely behind is Frenchman Julien Epaillard, with 3170 points, as he continues his pursuit of the coveted Longines Number 1 armband. The difference between Von Eckermann and Epaillard has narrowed to 485 points from the 560-point gap observed just a month ago.
Harrie Smolders (NED) has climbed five positions to third place in the Rankings, with 2885 points, bumping McLain Ward down to fourth place (2838 points). Rounding off the top five is Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) who accumulates 2789 points. (Top Canadian: Tiffany Foster, 49th)
FEI Dressage World Ranking – Jessica von Bredow-Werndl maintains the lead
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER), reigning individual Olympic and FEI Dressage World Cup™ Champion, is leading the pack with 2200 points. Chasing closely behind is Charlotte Fry (GBR), who has accumulated 2141 points. Over the past month, the gap between von Bredow-Werndl and Fry has decreased from 113 points to 59 points. Nanna Skodborg Merrald (DEN) has surpassed Dressage legend Isabel Werth (GER) and is now in third place with 2044 points, closely followed by Werth on 2027 points.
In line with the athlete rankings, von Bredow-Werndl’s mare, TSF Dalera BB, is asserting her dominance with a score of 2200 points. Charlotte Fry’s stallion, Glamourdale, maintains the second position with 2047 points. Nanna Skodborg Merrald’s gelding Blue Hors Zepter is now third, on 1983 points, surpassing DSP Quantaz, in fourth, with 1951 points. (Top Canadian: Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu / All in, 37th)
(Ed. note) Top Canadian in the CDI1*/CDIO1* rankings is Beatrice Boucher; both her and her horse Summerwood’s Limei are ranked 17th; on the CDI2*/CDIO2* list, Denielle Gallagher and Come Back De Massa sit 4th.
FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings: Tim Price leads the pack
In the FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings, Tim Price (NZL) continues to exhibit his prowess, remaining at the top with 539 points. Tom McEwen (GBR) has surpassed Rosalind Canter (GBR), securing the second position with 503 points, while Canter now holds the third position with 500 points. Oliver Townend (GBR) is now fourth with 478 and Tamra Smith (USA) rounds off the top five on 449 points. (Top Canadian: Karl Slezak, 73rd)
FEI Driving World Ranking – Four-in-Hand / Pairs / Singles: Exell, Hölle, and Gandolfo showcase their skills
Boyd Exell (AUS) continues to demonstrate his dominance, maintaining his position at the top with a score of 217 points and an advantage of 46 points over Bram Chardon (NED). In the Pairs, Martin Hölle (HUN) leads over Max Berlage (GER) on 95 points while in the Singles, Switzerland’s Mario Gandolfo is still at the top with 106 points, followed by Jessica Wächter (GER) and Marie Schiltz (LUX). (Top Canadian, Singles: Kelly Houtappels-Bruder, 4th)
FEI Endurance Open Riders / Open Horse World Ranking: Montagne and Deese La Majorie lead the way
Julia Montagne (FRA) establishes herself as the solid leader, amassing a total of 584 points, ahead of Melody Theolissat (FRA), who trails closely with 576 points. In the Open Horse Ranking, two Bahraini horses dominate the leaderboard. The mare Desse La Majorie comfortably holds the leading position with 282 points. Bolt de Venelles secures the second spot with 245 points, while French gelding Yalla de Jalima is third, climbing from the 119th position, with 228 points. (Top Canadian: Yvette Vinton, 112th)
FEI Para Dressage World Individual & Team Ranking: Rihards Snikus settles into the top spot
Latvian rider Rihards Snikus keeps the top position earned a month ago, with 2321 points. Meanwhile, Sara Morganti (ITA) maintains her second position and with Kate Shoemaker (USA) slotting into third place. In the Team Ranking, the Netherlands (1340 points) leads with a slight advantage of 8 points over USA, solidifying their position at the forefront. Germany is in third place with a total of 1323 points. (Top Canadian: Roberta Sheffield, 21st)
Sui Jiahe, an Endurance athlete from China, has achieved an impressive feat securing 7th place in the FEI Endurance Young Riders World Ranking with a total of 197 points. At just 14 years of age, Jiahe has showcased her extraordinary talent by participating in various competitions across Europe during the spring season. Notably, she achieved remarkable results in Spain, Portugal, and Slovakia –where she finished 6th in the Senior category- successfully completing rides spanning 100 to 120 kilometers. Jiahe’s exceptional performance marks her as a promising Chinese prospect, poised to challenge and compete with the world’s best endurance athletes in the years ahead.
You can check all FEI Rankings here.