eed Kessler and Cylana last year at the Spruce Meadows Masters
The recent USEF Rankings have been published and 18 year old Reed Kessler, who turns 19 years old this summer, has taken over the lead Rolex/USEF Show jumping Ranking list while her amazing Belgian-bred mare Cylana has taken over the lead for the horses. Reed, who enjoyed a short but very succcessful stint in Europe in and around her FEI Rolex World Cup Finals debut in April, has certainly delivered a strong set of results over the last few months to launch herself to the top of the USEF Rankings.
2012/2013 FEI Rolex World Cup winner Beezie Madden stands in second while Kent Farrington and Mclain Ward take up third and fourth respectively. Reed recently finished second in the ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup at Spruce Meadows just under 2008 Olympic gold medallist Eric Lamaze. Reed also finished second with her Olympic mount Cylana at the World Cup Qualifier at Spruce Meadows. Kent Farrington won the CN Reliability Grand Prix for the second year in a row while Reed Kessler and Cylana finished second after an incredible performance in a four horse jump off between Kent and Uceko, Reed and Cylana, Eric Navet and Quanto Fino and Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star.
Looking at USEF’s informative graph on their top ten rider’s results over the last twelve months, it is clear that Reed has been consistent through out the year with a strong surge of top international results in March, April and May.
Before Reed’s impressive performance in Gothenburg, Sweden for her FEI Rolex World Cup Final debut, the young Olympian earned second place under living legend Ludger Beerbaum at the Saut Hermes Grand Prix in Paris. Prior to taking her flight over to Europe for the World Cup Finals, Reed also finished second to Mclain Ward in the American Invitational Grand Prix in Tampa, Florida aboard Mika.
It’s not often to see both the horse and rider from the same team on top of the USEF Rankings but after a very strong start for young Kessler, it comes as no surprise. Reed now stands 29th on the current Longines World Rankings and certainly looks to push her way further into the top thirty as she continues to deliver great results at this year’s 2013 Spruce Meadows Summer series.