Scott Brash knocked-off World number one spot

  • Scott Brash has been knocked off the top of the Longines FEI world showjumping rankings by French rider Simon Delestre.

    The Scotsman had dominated the world number one spot for 11 months — except for a spell as number two in April last year when Germany’s Daniel Deusser briefly dethroned him.

    Scott and Simon are now separated by just 23 points.

    Scott, who enjoyed an illustrious 2015 when scooping the €1m Rolex Grand Slam with Hello Sanctos, first topped the rankings in November 2013, taking over from his British teammate Ben Maher.

    In November 2014, Scott became the first showjumper since Marcus Ehning in 2006 to hold the number one spot for an entire year.

    The 34-year-old Frenchman finished second in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League, pushing him up the world rankings and earning him a spot at the World Cup final in Gothenburg later this month (23-28 March).

    The USA currently has three riders in the top 10. Kent Farrington remains in third while his compatriots McLain Ward and Beezie Madden switch places at number four and eight respectively.

    Young Irish star Bertram Allen is currently ranked ninth in the listings released today (Wednesday, 2 March).

    Top ten:

    1. Simon Delestre (FRA)
    2. Scott Brash (GBR)
    3. Kent Farrington (USA)
    4. Mclain Ward (USA)
    5. Penelope Leprevost (FRA)
    6. Christian Ahlmann (GER)
    7. Gregory Wathelet (BEL)
    8. Beezie Madden (USA)
    9. Bertram Allen (IRL)
    10. Luciana Diniz (POR)

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