Olympic showjumper takes over as World number one

By: Horse Deals

Olympic showjumper takes over as World number one
Olympic showjumper takes over as World number one

Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, London’s 2012 individual show jumping gold medallist, has taken over as World number one on the Rolex Rankings list published this week.

With 2,525 points, Steve takes over from Sweden’s European champion Rolf-Göran Bengtsson,who moves down to fourth place (2378).

Britain’s Olympic team gold medallist Nick Skelton is currently in second place, just three points ahead of Germany’s Christian Ahlmann.

Steve Guerdat became the first Swiss rider to be crowned Olympic show jumping champion since 1928 when he partnered 11-year old Selle Français Nino des Buissonnets to individual gold at Greenwich this summer.

In the past 12 months Steve has picked up Rolex Ranking points in no less than 89 competitions.

This is Steve’s first time to be world number one, following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Pius Schwizer, who remained at the top of the Rolex Rankings for 13 months from 1 February 2009 to 31 May 2010, and Markus Fuchs, who was the world’s leading rider from 1 June 2006 to 31 December 2007.

Rolex Rankings Top 10:

1. Steve Guerdat (SUI) – 2525 points

2. Nick Skelton (GBR) – 2403

3. Christian Ahlmann (GER) – 2400

4. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) – 2378

5. Pius Schwizer (SUI) – 2358

6. Kevin Staut (FRA) – 2270

7. Marcus Ehning (GER) – 2223

8. Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) – 2098

9. Marco Kutscher (GER) – 2055

10. Elizabeth Madden (USA) – 2041