A New World Number One! Simon Delestre of France Overtakes Scott Brash in FEI World Rankings

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Published on March 2, 2016

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ig news broke today, March 2nd 2016 as France’s Simon Delestre became the new Longines FEI Rankings World No. 1 rider, upsetting the nearly 12-month streak from former World No. 1 rider Scott Brash of Great Britain. Brash, who had been ranked at No. 1 for 26 non-consecutive months, reigned over the sport of show jumping throughout 2015 and 2014. With his string of top horses and the achievement of the Rolex Grand Slam in September 2015, Brash’s many victories kept him on top of the rankings.

However, in the second half of 2015, Delestre climbed steadily up the rankings, winning Individual Bronze at the European Championships, and top placings during the end of 2015 at Paris Masters CSI5* and CHI Geneva CSI5* and Olympia CSI5*. He has continued his success in the early months of 2016, jumping in top form at Basel CSI5* and Bordeaux CSI5*. Those finishes came during a time when Brash has devoted his schedule to concentrating on the development of his young horses on the Oliva Nova MET circuit in Spain.

It’s no coincidence that Brash also fell to World No. 2 during this month last year; the British star and London Olympic Gold Medalist conceded his World No. 1 position to Daniel Deusser of Germany last March, only to gain it back the following month.

It’s true that just 23 points separate the new World No. 1 rider Delestre and Brash, and with Brash planning to turn his attention back to the five star circuit, it may be a brief hold on the World. No. 1 position for France. Full rankings are here.

Longines FEI World Rankings Top 30 – As of 3/2/2016

Rank Previous Athlete NF
Points
Number of Results
1 2 DELESTRE, Simon FRA 2878 91
2 1 BRASH, Scott GBR 2855 74
3 3 FARRINGTON, Kent USA 2750 100
4 8 WARD, Mclain USA 2749 77
5 5 LEPREVOST, Penelope FRA 2711 81
6 6 AHLMANN, Christian GER 2658 97
7 7 WATHELET, Gregory BEL 2605 89
8 4 MADDEN, Elizabeth USA 2581 81
9 9 ALLEN, Bertram IRL 2544 81
10 12 DINIZ, Luciana POR 2405 63
11 14 STAUT, Kevin FRA 2403 98
12 13 DELAVEAU, Patrice FRA 2318 61
13 10 DEUSSER, Daniel GER 2312 101
14 11 BEERBAUM, Ludger GER 2258 78
15 18 KUTSCHER, Marco GER 2228 84
16 15 BENGTSSON, Rolf-Göran SWE 2200 72
17 19 VAN DER VLEUTEN, Maikel NED 2186 92
18 20 SMOLDERS, Harrie NED 2170 75
19 16 VON ECKERMANN, Henrik SWE 2110 76
20 22 TOPS-ALEXANDER, Edwina AUS 2100 79
21 17 GUERDAT, Steve SUI 2093 87
22 22 GAUDIANO, Emanuele ITA 2080 91
23 21 KRAUT, Laura USA 2015 86
24 25 SCHWIZER, Pius SUI 1990 102
25 29 MICHAELS-BEERBAUM, Meredith GER 1978 61
26 40 AL THANI, Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid QAT 1976 71
27 27 GUERY, Jérôme BEL 1965 66
28 24 WHITAKER, John GBR 1955 94
29 28 BOST, Roger Yves FRA 1950 84
29 25 LYNCH, Denis IRL 1950 67
31 31 DUGUET, Romain SUI 1875 47

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