Germany’s Daniel Deusser Jumps to World No. 1 in Longines FEI Rankings

Daniel Deusser and Equita van't Zorgvliet. Ph. Yasmina Bello for
Daniel Deusser and Equita van’t Zorgvliet on the way to a win at Olympia. Ph. Yasmina Bello for

In a switch up to the Longines FEI World Rankings and a show of force from German riders, Daniel Deusser has overtaken his Rio Olympic Games teammate Christian Ahlmann to move up into the World No. 1 position.

Deusser had a spectacular run through November and December; in December alone he recorded nine, top four finishes aboard his Stephex Stables-owned string of horses. Those placings included two victories at London Olympia CSI5*-W, one of which was a win in the €110,000 Olympia Grand Prix aboard Equita van’t Zorgvliet.

Deusser moved up from No. 5 in the world in November, to No. 3 in the world last month and overtook Ahlmann with a lead of just 70 points in the rankings. This is not the first time Deusser has held the No. 1 in the world position; he most recently earned the ranking in March of 2015.

Just behind the Germans are two Americans: Kent Farrington and McLain Ward slot into No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. That’s a move up for both riders, giving them a welcome boost as they head into the winter season in Wellington, Florida.

Simon Delestre slid down the rankings from No. 2 to 5, and fellow French rider Kevin Staut moved up to No. 6 in the world in what is still a strong presence from the French among the top ten riders in the world.

See the top 30 in the world below, and the full rankings at this link.


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