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WoSJ Exclusive; Bengtsson speaks about being number four in the world

Saturday, 08 January 2011

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson is now number four in the world. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.World of Showjumping has spoken to Rolf-Göran Bengtsson about his recent climb on the Rolex ranking. The Swedish rider is now number four in the world.

How important it is to be among the top ten?

- If you are in the top ten you are automatically qualified to ride the world cup shows. So for that reason it is important. Otherwise it isn’t such a big deal, but it is nice to be up there. But I think that even if you are in the top 20, you are high up and it’s okay.

How badly do you want to climb to the top of the list?

- It would have been fun to get up there once. I have been second best during my time with Pialotta. If you want to get to the top you really have to work for it, and you can´t think too much about the horses. A rider that only has two top horses will not be able to give them the necessary rest between the shows if trying to climb to the top of the ranking. So for a starter you need several top horses.

Was it expected that you would climb from number five to four in this month’s ranking? 

- I was close to Pius who was ranked ahead of me on the last ranking, but on the other hand I had McLain very close behind me. But I think that McLain took a break after Geneva, and I did earn some points in London. All placing are important, but you are only allowed to make your 50 best results count. Of course I was happy with being number four.  

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