McLain Ward from USA has moved from fourth spot up to the leader of the world rankings as at 31 May 2016. Frenchman Simon Delestre has slipped back to second, with German Christian Ahlmann third. Frenchwoman Penelope Leprevost is fourth, with Scott Bransh from Great Britain fifth. McLain Ward was recently named on the shortlist with both horses, HH Azur and Rothchild, for the USA Olympic jumping team for Rio. He has previously competed at Athens Olympics, winning team gold, and also won team gold when he competed at Beijing 2008. Individually he was sixth at London Olympics in 2012.
New Zealand riders in the rankings are headed by US-based Sharn Wordley, who is in 79th position. Bruce Goodin is 153rd, Katie Laurie in 429th and Samantha McIntosh in 464th. Other riders making it into the top 1000 include Natasha Brooks (940), Amanda Wilson and Daniel Meech, equal 998th.
Kristina Broring-Sprehe remains the top-ranked dressage rider, but there has been a swap for second and third with Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain one point ahead of Isabell Werth. German Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl is fourth and from the Netherlands, Hans Peter Minderhould is fifth; the first of the men in the rankings!
John Thompson tops the New Zealand riders, in 118th position, and Julie Brougham is not far behind him at 121st. Wendi Williamson is 324th, Jodie Hartstone 336th, Abbie Deken 353rd. Anya Noble (418), Andrea Martin (608) and Kallista Field (815) are the other New Zealand riders making an appearance in the rankings.
While Michael Jung has a clear lead in the eventing rankings, Sir Mark Todd isn’t far behind second-placed Christopher Burton from Australia. Phillip Dutton is in fourth, with Australian Shane Rose fifth.
As well as Sir Mark, we have five other New Zealanders in the top thirty! Jonelle Price is ninth, Tim Price is 10th, Blyth Tait has made a great leap up to 26th, with Clarke Johnston in 28th. Katharine Van Tuyl is now 30th, ahead of Jock Paget in 41st and Andrew Nicholson in 66th position. Other Kiwis featuring include Samantha Felton (102), Virginia Thompson (109), Donna Smith (110), Abby Lawrence (137), Dannie Lodder (154), Jesse Campbell (179), Campbell Draper (191) and Jackson Boville (200). There are 23 additional New Zealand riders in the top 500 rankings.
Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum leads the Endurance rankings, followed by Saeed Sultan Shames Al Maamri, both from UAE. American Cheryl Van Deusen is third followed by another United Arab Emirates rider, Saif Ahmed Al Mozroui. Uruguay’s Alvaro Garcia is fifth (he had previously topped the rankings) and Australian Rebecca Jane Pinder sixth.
Ashley Cole is the top-ranked New Zealander, in 51st position followed by Mark Tylee in 58th and Alison Higgins in 100th. Other Kiwi riders making appearances towards the top of the rankings include Andrea Mason (117), Philip Graham (122), Frank Aldridge (141), Deirdre Bartlett (143), Louise Holmes (156), Alice Barker (177) and Nadine Barker (185). Another 11 New Zealanders appear in the top 500.