The FEI oversees around 70 Rankings and Standings across all the 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.
You will find below a snapshot of the main movers and shakers for the month of September 2023 in the senior World Rankings, as well as a special spotlight on the FEI Para Dressage World Individual Ranking – Grade V and a rising star form The Netherlands for this month’s special “Ranking Spotlight”.
Longines Rankings: Henrik von Eckermann extends his lead to 16 months
Henrik von Eckermann’s reign in the Longines Ranking persists, with 3416 points at the end of October. The Swedish athlete has maintained his top position for an impressive 16 months, since he clinched the coveted Longines armband in August 2022. Currently, his closest contender is British rider Ben Maher, who boasts 3060 points, while Kent Farrington has made a significant leap from seventh place to secure the third spot with 3022 points.
In the ranks just below the top three, the Swiss pair of Martin Fuchs (2945 points) and Steve Guerdat (2922 points) maintain their fourth and fifth positions, respectively. McLain Ward (USA) has ascended two positions to secure the sixth spot with 2882 points, whereas Julien Epalliard (FRA) has slipped from the second position to the seventh with 2878 points.
Simon Delestre (FRA) now holds the eighth position with 2769 points, followed by Max Kühner (AUT) maintaining his ninth position on 2735 points. Wrapping up the Top 10 is Harrie Smolders (NED), who has dropped four places with 2718 points.
FEI Dressage World Ranking – Athletes: Jessica von Bredow Werndl remains No.1
No major changes in the top 5 for the Dressage World Ranking for Athletes. Von Bredow-Werndl (GER) remains at the top with the same 2197 points. Charlotte Fry (GER) consolidates her second place and Nanna Skodborg Merrald (DEN) holds her third place. Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Isabell Werth (GER) complete the top 5, occupying the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
FEI Dressage World Ranking – Horses: Glamourdale chases down TSF Dalera BB
While Jessica von Bredow-Werndl leads the Athlete Ranking, her mare TSF Dalera BB still dominates the Horses’ Ranking, accumulating 2197 points. Charlotte Fry’s black stallion Glamourdale has stepped back into second place having slipped to third for a month with 2060 points, relegating Blue Hors Zepter (2034 points) back to the third position.
FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings: Great Britain continues to dominate the Top Ten with Oliver Townend leading the pack
After two consecutive changes at the top of the Eventing Ranking in recent months, Oliver Townend (GBR) has managed to stay at the top with 569 points for his second consecutive month Remarkably, he is one of seven Brits in the Top Ten, with fellow countrywoman Rosalind Canter in close second on 546 points, Tom McEwen in fourth, Harry Meade in fifth, Piggy March in sixth, Wills Oakden in seventh, and Laura Collett in ninth.
Breaking the spell, we have USA’s Boyd Martin in third place, Tim Price (NZL) in eighth and Elisabeth Halliday (USA) in tenth.
FEI Driving World Ranking – Four-in-Hand / Pairs / Singles: Exell, Hölle and Houtappels-Bruder: three solid leaders
All three Driving Rankings have the same leaders as last month: Kelly Houtappels-Bruder (CAN) remains at the top of the Singles discipline on 72 points, one month after unseating Mario Gandolfo (SUI). Meanwhile, Boyd Exell (AUS) and Martin Hölle (HUN) continue to maintain their strong leadership of the Four-in-Hand and Pairs Rankings respectively.
FEI Endurance Open Riders: Theolissat, third month at the top
Melody Theolissat (FRA) is the leader of the Endurance Ranking for one more month with 1262 points. Her compatriot Julia Montagne is chasing the top spot closely with 1163 points, while Gil Berenguer (ESP) is sitting comfortably in third place (997 points), followed by Constanza Laliscia (ITA) rising into fourth ahead of Nicolas Ballarin (FRA).
FEI Para Dressage World Individual & Team Ranking: No rivals for Rihards Snikus
Rihards Snikus (LAT) continues to lead the Para Dressage Rankings, a position he earned a few months ago, with 1678 points. Meanwhile, Sara Morganti (ITA) successfully holds on to second position on 1630 points, while Kate Shoemaker (USA) remains in third. In the Team Ranking, it’s the Netherlands who currently dominate the leaderboard with a total of 1327 points. The USA is now second (1321 points), after breaking the tie with Germany, now third on 1313 points.
Sara Aagaard Hyrm, from Denmark, has made an impressive leap into the Top 10 of the FEI Dressage World Youth Ranking -from 27th to 9th- after claiming two fourth positions in Herning (DEN) a few days ago. Her partnership with the gelding Atterupgaards Cooper has proved to be very successful during the last months. They have been consistently securing podium positions, including two victories both on home soil in Aalborg, and abroad in Tolbert (NED).