The best world rider Kent Farrington of the United States of America maintained his leadership for ninth month in a row, being now his followed by Harrie Smolders of Holland. (Photo © Archive)
World Number 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington of the United States of America added his ninth month in a row as the main reference of the Show Jumping.
Getting two wins to complete 2017, Kent Farrington increased his account to 3,313 points to climb 82 points compared to last month, highlighting in the CSI5* Geneva with the 16-year-old gelding Voyeur (Tolano van’t Riethof x Goodwill) owned by Amalaya Investments to winning the Credit Suisse Grand Prix representing 130 points and the main class of the Rolex Grand Prix dominated with the 12-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) owned by Kent Farrington and Robin Parsky, adding another 150 World Ranking points.
In this way the US Olympic medalist Kent Farrington starts 2018 as World Ranking leader, maintaining a clear advantage against his rivals, who still can not overcome the barrier of 3,000 points.
The most emblematic changes for this month were led by Dutch rider Harrie Smolders, climbing from fifth to second place with a total of 2,953 points, thus breaking the US one-two, while three-time US Olympic medalist McLain Ward dropped one place to third.
For Harrie Smolders, December month represented one of his best with up to 6 effective results, allowing for the first time in his professional career to occupy second place in the Longines FEI World Ranking. His two best results were two first places, both with the 14-year-old gelding Zinius (Reve x Kannan Nabab) to overcome by 50 points to McLain Ward, who did not have any results during the month to lose 30 points with respect to past month.
Like McLain Ward, French rider Kevin Staut dropped one spot to fourth place with 2,848 points and Swedish rider Peder Fredricson also fell back to fifth with 2,811 points.
For the Top 10 the Italian rider Lorenzo de Luca climbed a step up to sixth, Maikel van der Vleuten of the Netherlands down one place to seventh and Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden took a good jump from the 13th to 8th. For his part the four times Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze remained in ninth place and Swiss Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat fell two steps to tenth.
Turning to the Top 20, the former World Ranking leader Simon Delestre of France maintained his 11th place, Niels Bruynseels of Belgium managed to improve 5 positions to 12th, his countryman Gregory Wathelet down from 10th to 13th and Martin Fuchs of Switzerland climbed 3 places to tie him in 13th. Spanish rider Sergio Álvarez Moya fell back three places to 15th, Alberto Zorzi of Italy dropped one place to 16th, another former World Ranking Leader Christian Ahlmann of Germany climbed two places from 19th to 17th, Pieter Devos of Belgium remained in box 18th, British and also former World Ranking leader Scott Brash suffered a setback of 5 places until 19th and Bertram Allen of Ireland dammed the top 20, climbing 2 places.