France’s Simon Delestre has jumped to the top of the Longines world jumping rankings, breaking the 11-month run of Great Britain’s Scott Brash, now world number two.
Simon, who competed at his first Olympic Games at London 2012 with Napoli Du Ry, scored individual bronze at the FEI European Jumping Championships 2015 in Aachen and team silver at the World Equestrian Games in 2014.
The 34-year-old from Metz, who was second in the World Cup Western European League, will be the one to watch at the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg in Sweden, which runs from March 23-28.
Simon now has a 23-point lead over Scott, with Kent Farrington (USA) third, and McLean Ward fourth.
Simon Delestre – early career
Simon has been immersed in equestrian sport since his childhood, when he watched his father Marcel compete.
His father, a national pony jumping coach, and his close relationship with the pony Panama Cassou, owned by the French National Stud, were key to Simon’s early career success. He won the national pony jumping championships twice in a row in 1994 and 1995. In 1999, he scored individual gold at the French Junior Championships and team bronze at the FEI European Junior Jumping Championships. The following year, he won team gold at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Young Riders and in 2009 he finished top of the individual podium at the Mediterranean Games.
View full Longines Rankings here.