Following a run of excellent results primarily at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, several Irish Show Jumping riders have made big gains on the latest Longines FEI World Rankings released this week.
Reigning FEI Nations Cup champions Ireland pictured following victory in the 2020 FEI Nations Cup final in Barcelona (ESP) in 2020. (L to R) Paul O’Shea, Peter Moloney, Rodrigo Pessoa, Darragh Kenny and Cian O’Connor. (Photo: Sonya Hennessy)
Offaly’s Darragh Kenny remains the highest-ranked Irish rider at No.9, while Cork’s Shane Sweetnam has climbed five places to No.26. Tipperary’s Denis Lynch is at No.29, with Wexford’s Bertram Allen now at No.35. Limerick’s Paul O’Shea is at No.39, with Derry’s Daniel Coyle also inside the top 50 at No.44.
Among the 12 Irish riders inside the top 100, Meath’s Cian O’Connor has made the biggest gain, moving up a massive 49 places to No.74. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat remains the World No.1, just ahead of Germany’s Daniel Deusser at No.2.
The Eventing and Dressage World Rankings remain largely unchanged after a period of limited competition activity. Galway’s Cathal Daniels remains Ireland’s top-ranked Eventing rider at No.14, while Kildare’s Judy Reynolds is Ireland’s highest-placed Dressage rider at No.22.