Fifteen countries have qualified for the Olympic Games in London this year. World of Showjumping decided to take a closer look at these countries up against the latest Rolex Ranking. At the Olympics everything is possible, but the world ranking might give some indications on the status of the different qualified teams half a year ahead of the games.
Germany and Holland have most riders within the Rolex Ranking top 100 with 13 riders each. Mexico and Chile on the other hand have no riders at all in the top 100. Australia has one rider, Canada and Saudi Arabia two, Ukraine three, Sweden and Brazil four riders, Belgium five, Switzerland six, Great Britain and France nine and USA eleven riders among the world’s hundred best.
The countries with several riders within the top 100 have an easier task when it comes to find four top riders and horses for the Olympics this summer, compared to the countries that don´t have that many horses and riders to choose from. One injured horse or rider could break all dreams of a team competing in London, as there would be no one to fill up the empty space.
Even though Germany and Holland have an equal number of riders on the top hundred list it is a big difference as Germany has their best rider, Ludger Beerbaum, on rank three and also seven others among the top 50. In comparison Holland has their best rider, Jeroen Dubbeldam, on rank 15 and only three other riders among the top 50. If the ranking is narrowed down to the top 50 the US actually has more top ranked riders than Germany, as the Americans have a total of nine riders in the top 50. If the Rolex Ranking could give any indications for the results at the Olympic Games at this point, it would thus indicate that the Olympic team gold would stand between Germany and the USA.
The list of the best individual riders from every qualified country looks like this: 1 – Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Sweden, 2 -Eric Lamaze, Canada, 3 – Ludger Beerbaum, Germany, 5 – Pius Schwizer, Switzerland and Mc Lain Ward, USA, 7 – Kevin Staut, France, 8 – Nick Skelton, Great Britain, 10 – Alvaro de Miranda, Brazil, 11 – Edwina Tops-Alexander, Australia, 15 – Jeroen Dubbeldam, Holland, 39 – Gregory Wathelet, Belgium, 41 – Katharina Offel, Ukraine, 82 – Abdullah Sharbatly, Saudi Arabia, 133 – Santiago Lambre, Mexico and 166 – Tomas Couve Correa, Chile.
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