After the shock of Charlotte Dujardin losing her world number one spot to Kristina Bröring-Sprehe, here comes another bombshell: France’s Simon Delestre has dethroned Scott Brash, jumping to the top of the Longines Showjumping Rankings.
Brash’s grip on the top spot lasted for an amazing eleven months but Delestre, who competed at his first Olympic Games at London 2012 with Napoli Du Ry, has been on great form since taking individual bronze at last year’s FEI European Jumping Championships in Aachen.
He now has a 23-point lead over Brash and a more comfortable 128-point lead over the world’s number three, America’s Kent Farrington.
The French rider, who comes from an equestrian family and won his first national pony showjumping championships at the age of 12 in 1994 (and his second one at 13 in 1995), will now look at consolidating his lead when he competes at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, on March 23-28.
The Final starts exactly 135 before the Olympics—and there’s no doubt that Delestre will have his eyes firmly trained on Rio.
Image: Simon Delestre aboard Qlassic Bois Margot at the CSI 5* in Bordeaux, by Eric Knoll, courtesy of the FEI