Six New Zealand riders are in British Eventing’s top 20 list, with Andrew Nicholson coming out on top with 2591 points.
And Kiwi horses have also done well: the horses of New Zealand riders or Kiwi-bred horses fill 10 of the top 20 places in the 2013 rankings.
Andrew Nicholson retained first place in the rider rankings following another very successful season and also leads the FEI HSBC rankings. Topping the horse rankings is Nicholson’s Irish bred Mr Cruise Control, owned jointly by Nicholson, and Robin and Nicola Salmon. Mr Cruise Control has had a prolific season finishing fifth in the 4* at Pau and first in both the CIC3* at Chatsworth in May and Luhmuhlen 4*. His owners will be presented with the Calcutta Light Horse Trophy in recognition of his impressive achievement.
The best of the British, and winner of the Tony Collins award, is Dorset based William Fox-Pitt who attained a total of 2142 points this season. In third is Oliver Townend on 1241, with Izzy Taylor is in fourth place, ahead of New Zealander Jonelle Richards. Fellow Kiwi Caroline Powell, on 656 points, just pipped compatriot Mark Todd with 651. Tim Price is 14th with 621, and Jonathan Paget 15th with 585.
Nicholson’s Mr Cruise Control and Nereo quinellaed the top two positions in the horse rankings, Mr Cruise Control with 409 points and Nereo with 382. Nicholson has three other horses in the top 20: Calico Joe (6th, 338), Avebury (7th, 332), and Quimbo (12th, 257).
In the next two places is William Fox-Pitt’s mounts Chilli Morning (3rd, 378) and Seacookie 4th, 368). Fox Pitt has two others in the top 20: the New Zealand bred Parklane Hawk in 9th with 290, and Neuf des Coeurs (10th, 289).
New Zealand bred thoroughbred Clifton Promise is fifth with 365, Borough Pennyz in 8th place with 304 points, and Richards’s The Deputy is in 14th with 249, just head of the Kiwi bred Clifton Pinot, ridden by Australia’s Kevin McNab. Mark Todd’s Leonidas II rounds out the New Zealand influence on the rankings, in16th place on 238 points.
Andrew Nicholson also leads HSBC Eventing Riders’ World Rankings, which were published on Thursday.
The rankings are published by the world governing body, the FEI, and feature almost 3500 international eventing riders.
William Fox-Pitt is second, and Germany’s Michael Jung is third in the HSBC Rankings.
Top 20 Riders 2013
Top 20 Horses 2013