The most successful horse and rider combination of 2003 was 28-year-old Swedish rider Malin Baryard and Hennes & Mauritz Butterfly Flip, according to the FEI’s Gandini Jumping Riders’ World Ranking List.
Butterfly Flip, a 13-year-old Swedish-bred mare, earned Malin 1,224 points at international competitions during the 2003 season to place them ahead of Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum with Goldfever 2 and world number one, Markus Fuchs with Granie.
Malin has enjoyed considerable success with Butterfly Flip, who is currently ranked third in the BCM World Breeding Rankings, since she started riding her at international level in 1999.
The all-female partnership were part of the silver medal-winning Swedish team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games and also represented their country at the Olympic Games in Sydney. They were placed in the top 10 of more than 20 competitions, which counted towards the FEI Gandini World Riders rankings in 2003.
Nick Skelton and Arko III were the highest placed British combination in 16th place with 781 points, ahead of Andrew Davies with Limbo V in 23rd. British number one Robert Smith had both Mr Springfield and Senator Marius Claudius inside the top 30.
To read the full rankings click here.