In cycling there’s the yellow jersey and golfers vie for the green jacket. Now show jumping will have its own badge of honour for the leading contender — a green and gold armband, to be worn by the world’s leading rider in the Rolex rankings.
The armband has been launched by the International Jumping Riders Club and the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) to enable fans to follow the world’s top rider easily.
The armband will be worn on the rider’s left arm at FEI jumping events throughout 2010 and reads “Number 1, The Rolex Rankings”.
Rolex rankings are released monthly and the rider will wear the band until they are knocked off the top spot.
Marcus Ehning became the first rider to receive the armband at the Rolex IRJC Top 10 Final in Paris on 10 December.
“It is a great privilege to be the first holder of the armband and I hope to wear it for many months to come,” he said.
This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (24 December, ’09)