FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings  

6 Jan 2004

Fuchs in the Lead, Michael Whitaker back in Top Ten 

With 3135 points, the Swiss rider Markus Fuchs is leading the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings No. 36 despite having scored no points in December 2003. Markus Fuchs was forced to retire in the opening competition of CSI-W Geneva early December due to strains in the adductors. He is expected to be back to competition for Zurich CSI 5* at the end of January.

Ludger Beerbaum (GER) keeps his second position with 2647 points and is followed by fellow countryman Marcus Ehning at 2339 pts. Otto Becker (GER), goes up from 6th to 4th place. He scored 85 points at CSI-W Geneva where he finished second in the World Cup, 140 points in La Coruna (ESP) and another 90 in Munich.

Michael Whitaker (GBR) is back in the Top Ten with 1750 points. He earned 85 points in London Olympia where he finished 4th of the World Cup competition and another 80 in La Coruna.

Also to be noted the excellent progression of Jan Tops (NED) who goes up from the 36th to the 21st spot, thanks to his excellent performance in December, mainly in London, Maastricht and Paris.

1 Markus Fuchs SUI 3135
2 Ludger Beerbaum GER 2647
3 Marcus Ehning GER 2339
4 Otto Becker GER 2206
5 Lars Nieberg GER 2109
6 Jos Lansink BEL 2069
7 Rodrigo Pessoa BRA 2049
8 Beezie Madden -Patton USA 1965
9 Michael Whitaker GBR 1750
10 Malin Baryard SWE 1696

The complete rankings will be available on the FEI website www.horsesport.org, section consult, results, jumping on 8 January evening. Please contact m.faienza@horsesport.org if you need the pdf file earlier.