Stuart Tinney ranked ninth among the World’s Eventers

stuartTinney-9thTHE Federatione Equestre Internationale’s world rankings give a clear picture of the position of our top riders in all disciplines.

In eventing, Australians feature strongly, with eight riders in the top 50.

Stuart Tinney is now ninth ranked in the top 100 and there are eight other Australians in the top 50, with two Victorians on the list.

Sam Griffith is 12th, Paul Tapner 14th, and Chris Burton 30th

Andrew Cooper made a strong climb, rising from 91st to 38th place with some strong performances and Katja Weimann moved up from 66th to 39th.

What is interesting, with the Rio Olympic Games just a year away, is that Tinney, Cooper and Weimann have made their climb while being based in Australia, whereas, in recent times it has been necessary to ride successfully overseas to feature well.

In dressage, the highest-placed Australian rider is also home based.

Mary Hanna, with Umbro, is at 68 in the rankings, but will no doubt make her final campaign in Europe, with Brianna Burgess and Lyndal Oatley, ranked 105 and 107 respectively, already based there.

Joann Formosa is placed 71st in the world para-dressage rankings and Nicole Blanks is ranked at number 92.

In showjumping, Edwina Tops-Alexander is ranked 27th and the only Australian in the top 100. Amy Graham is the next ranked at 177, but as she recently sold her World Cup horse Bella Baloubet, is unlikely to progress in the short term.


(Photo: Rising fortunes: Stuart Tinney is ranked ninth among the world’s eventers. Picture: Derek O’Leary)



Article: C/o Fran Cleland, The Weekly Times, July 13 2015