Oct 04, 2019

Britain’s Oliver Townend Takes Over Eventing World Number One Slot - Two U.S. Riders in Top 10

By FEI - Edited Press Release
Britain’s Oliver Townend has jumped back up to the world number one slot in the FEI Eventing World Rankings, with Piggy French making it a British one-two. FEI/Libby Law Photo.

Oliver Townend (GBR) has returned to the head of the FEI Eventing World Rankings, with Piggy French making it a British one-two and relegating New Zealand’s Tim Price (NZL), who has held the top spot for the last four months, to third place.

This is the third time that Townend has been world number one, having featured in both 2018 and in 2009. The 37-year-old has won team gold at three editions of the FEI Eventing European Championships, at Pratoni del Vivaro 2007 (ITA), Fontainebleau 2009 (FRA) and Strzegom 2017 (POL).

2019 has been a stellar year for the hard-working Yorkshireman, who won team silver at last month’s FEI Eventing European Championship in Luhmühlen (GER) and also claimed victories at Lexington CCI5* (USA), Burnham Market CCI4* (GBR) and the Irish CCI3* in Ballindenisk.

Piggy French (GBR), this year’s Badminton winner and runner-up at Burghley, is now within 50 points of the top spot, having moved up from third to second place, with former world number one Tim Price (NZL) dropping to number three in the rankings.

Big movers in this month’s FEI World Eventing Rankings are Ludwig Svennerstal (SWE) from 35th to 13th place, Pippa Funnell (GBR) from 47th to 14th, Tomoto Kazuma (JPN) from 29th to 15th, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) from 33rd to 16th, Peter Flarup (DEN) from 91st to 22nd and Sarah Bullimore (GBR) from 43rd to 25th.

Lauren Kieffer. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Lauren Kieffer is the highest placed U.S. rider in fourth having moved up from ninth last month. Boyd Martin is also in the top-10 with a sixth-place ranking. Seven other U.S. riders are in the top-50: Caroline Martin (18th), Doug Payne (19th), Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (33rd), Phillip Dutton (36th), Tamra Smith (43rd), William Coleman (46th), and Lynn Symansky (48th).

With the final team quota place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on offer at the FEI Nations Cup™ fixture in Boekelo (NED) next weekend, and plenty of other eventing action over the next month, more changes in the ranking list can be expected.

View full FEI World Eventing Rankings here.

About Oliver Townend

Townend started riding aged 7 and came to prominence after making his international debut for Team GB in 2005 at the FEI European Championships Eventing in Blenheim (UK).

2009 was a sensational year for him, with CCI4* (now CCI5*) wins at Badminton (GBR) and Burghley (GBR). He reclaimed his Burghley title in 2017, and the following year he won the CCI4* in Lexington (USA).

He has also flown the flag for Great Britain at two FEI World Equestrian Games™, at Aachen 2006 (GER) and Normandy 2014 (FRA).

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