British athlete Rosalind Canter has claimed the coveted position of leader in the FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings, dethroning Tim Price, from his 11-month reign.
Canter’s remarkable performance at the recent FEI Eventing European Championship at Haras du Pin (FRA) has propelled her from the third tier of the rankings to the very zenith, amassing a total of 541 points. After consistently maintaining a position among the top 5 for well over a year, Canter now returns to the top of the world rankings, a position she last held in April 2019.
“It’s really exciting to be world number one. I have some amazing horses and owners, and an incredible team behind me at home. With the help of my family, we’ve built our yard up alongside our working farm and so it’s still hard to believe that we’ve been able to achieve the results we have. We’re still learning every day and I hope that we can keep on achieving.” Canter remarked.
Reflecting on her achievement, she added, “I think becoming world number one means a lot because it shows consistency. It’s taken many years to build up a string of top horses to help me get to this point. I hope this can inspire others to follow their dreams and it’s something my daughter can look back on with pride in years to come.”
With an eye firmly set on the future, Canter has already fixed her gaze upon the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, stating, “It would be a dream come true to make it to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games next year. It’s a box I’ve not yet ticked and so we’ll be working hard over the next few months with that in mind. Looking beyond that, my aim is to continue to improve and hope that that can lead to being able to represent my country a few more times.”
Former world number one, Tim Price, now yields to the second position with a tally of 482 points. Meanwhile, Oliver Townend ascends to the third position, amassing 478 points, surpassing his compatriot Tom McEwen, who maintains a solid fourth position with a score of 469 points.
Notable strides in the rankings include Americans Tamra Smith, firmly holding fifth place with 447 points, William Coleman securing a noteworthy seventh place with 413 points, and Martin Boyd achieving an eighth place with 398 points. British rider Yasmin Ingham claims the sixth spot with 425 points. Jonelle Price (NZL) experiences a descent to the ninth position, while Laura Collet (GBR) exhibits a significant ascent, climbing ten positions to gain entry into the Top 10 with 371 points.
Image: Rosalind Canter during the medal ceremony of the FEI Eventing European Championship 2023 in Haras du Pin (FRA) – FEI / Libby Law