American Olympic medalist Kent Farrington adds his fifth month in a row as the world best rider. (Photo © Archive)
US Olympic medalist Kent Farrington is set to become the world’s best rider after reaching the distinction for the fifth month in a row.
With a total of 3,133 points and a very clear advantage over the rest of the riders who make up the FEI Longines Ranking, Kent Farrington was only able to complete two effective results during August with a second place in the CSI5* Valkenswaard alongside the 10-year-old gelding Dublin (Cobra x Calido) and victory at CSI5* Valence in France, taking the Grand Prix with the 11-year-old Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro).
Important for Kent Farrinton who during the five months that has held the title as world number 1, has always remained above the 3,000 points.
On the other hand the World Ranking underwent several important changes with the ascent to the second place of the Italian rider Lorenzo de Luca, who achieved a significant victory in the CSI 5* Longines Global Champions Tour Valkenswaard Grand Prix and now accumulates 2,873 points. The three-time US Olympic medalist and former World Ranking leader McLain Ward took a step back down to third place with 2,868 points, only 5 points difference from de Luca, failing to achieve an effective result.
Frenchman Kevin Staut dropped to fourth place with 2,808 points which certainly makes that fight from second to fourth place for next month, giving a jump of five places up was the former world number 1 Scott Brash of Great Britain, who has given signs of a significant recovery, accumulating 2,705 points with three effective results including a fourth place, third place and winner of the CSI5* London Grand Prix.
Undoubtedly one of the most significant developments was for Dutch rider Harrie Smolders, climbing from 16th place to sixth place with accumulated 2,693 points thanks to his excellent participation of the European Championship. Followed in Top 10 Christian Ahlmann of Germany down a place in seventh, Maikel van der Vleuten of Holland stayed eighth, Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet rose three places until the ninth and the Spaniard Sergio Alvarez Moya retreated a position until tenth.
With respect to Top 20 Simon Delestre of France did not move of the 11th position, German Daniel Deusser suffered a ferocious fall from fifth to 12th place, Martin Fuchs of Switzerland rose a spot to 13th, his countryman Steve Guerdat fell 7 positions until the 14th, Alberto Zorzi of Italy backed two places to 15th, while the European Champion Peder Fredricson of Sweden improved 7 place until 16th. Niels Bruynseels of Belgium lowered two space to 17th, Marcus Ehning of Germany improved two squares until 18th, Irish Cian O’Connor with another good jump rose from 25th to 19th and Bertram Allen of Ireland fell from 17th to 20th.