Switzerland’s Markus Fuchs has retained his position at the top of the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings list for the third consecutive month.

Markus dropped 320 points from August 2002, and despite scoring no points at the European Championships in Donaueschingen, he managed stay in the lead after regaining 270pt from a successful visit to Spain.

Top German rider Ludger Beerbaum narrowed the margin separating him from the top spot as he earned 257.5pt in Donauschingen and another 124 in Münster. This was 116.5pt more than the 265pt he was dropping from last year.

Marcus Ehning and Jos Lansink remain in third and four places respectively, while Germany’s Otto Becker has moved up from 7th to 5th thanks to the 190 points he scored in Donaueschingen.

British riders

Robert Smith and Michael Whitaker have maintained the FEI world rankings positions that will give Britain two individual show jumping places at next year’s Olympics.

Robert is the highest placed British rider in ninth place, with Michael moving up two places to 15th. John Whitaker, who lies 45th, is Britain’s only other rider in the world’s top 50.

A number of other British riders are making moves up the rankings, including William Funnell, who has risen to 65th place from 104th at the end of July.

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