Elite riders and horses aim for new ‘World’s Best’ awards
In the sport of Show Jumping, there are different opportunities to stake a claim to being best on the planet, including the World Cup Final, the World Equestrian Games, the Olympics, and the Top Ten showdown at the Geneva International Horse Show.
But while these competitions reward athletic feats at specific moments in time, two new awards will determine the global No.1 horses and riders based on their performances throughout the year: the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse and Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider.
Announced at the recent FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona by International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) President Ingmar de Vos and Longines Vice-President Juan-Carlos Capelli, the horse award will be determined by taking into account the horse’s 10 best results of the year in the Longines Rankings, whereas the rider honour will go to the leading rider in the Longines Rankings at the end of the year.
1) Kent Farrington (USA)
2) Mclain Ward (USA)
3) Kevin Staut (France)
4) Lorenzo de Luca (Italy)
5) Scott Brash (Great Britain)
6) Harrie Smolders (The Netherlands)
7) Gregory Wathelet (Belgium)
8) Peder Fredricson (Sweden)
9) Eric Lamaze (Canada)
10) Maikel Van der Vleuten (The Netherlands)
“These awards will add an exciting new dimension to the already coveted monthly Longines Rankings leader title, and build engagement with our audiences as they follow the top athletes and horses throughout the year,” De Vos feels. And Capelli adds: “We hope that these awards will inspire more people to follow the results of the leading athletes and horses in the Longines Rankings throughout the year, get to know the many different competitions and understand how they are linked….”
The winners of the two new awards will be presented with a Longines watch and trophy during the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Paris in April 2018.