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British riders make equestrian history in rankings sweep

May 7, 2014 06:33 am

British riders have made equestrian history with an unprecedented clean sweep of number one world rankings.

William Fox-Pitt's recent victory in Kentucky secured him top status among the world's leading eveners while Olympic gold medallists Scott Brash and Charlotte Dujardin top the standings in jumping and dressage.

It's the first time the top slots in all three Olympic equestrian disciplines have been occupied by athletes from the same nation - and underlines strong British medal hopes ahead of the World Equestrian Games in Normandy later this year.

“To be the first country whose athletes have simultaneously been world number one in the three Olympic disciplines since the FEI Rankings began in 2002 is a truly outstanding achievement,” said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos.

“Congratulations to Scott Brash, Charlotte Dujardin, and William Fox-Pitt for their remarkable performances, and also to their trainers, owners, grooms, support crews, veterinarians, the British Equestrian Federation and the British Olympic Association. 

"And, of course, I would like to pay a very special tribute to the talented horses that are an integral part of the success story in British equestrian sport.”

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