FEI Ranking: Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Casall Ask ranked as the best pair. Italy’s Gaudiano in 15th.
According to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the best duo on the international show-jumping circuit right now is made up of the Swedish rider Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and his Holsteiner mount Casall Ask. The pair has in fact dislodged the previous leaders Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW from first place.
Bengtsson and Casall Ask have achieved some excellent wins and finishes in the World Cup this season and even qualified for the Top Final Four, the individual final of the WEG. A reminder that this pair was also in line for the 2014 Global Champions Tour title and came agonisingly close, winning the final competition in Doha and ending the GCT level on points with Scott Brash. However, the Scottish rider regained his title as he had accumulated more wins across the season compared to the Swedish star. Geneva, Lyon, Doha, Chantilly, Paris and Hamburg are just some of the 5* events in which this pair has impressed.
Casall Ask was raised by Wilfried Thomann and the son to Caretino x Lavall over the course of the season has earned along with his rider 1851 points in the ranking list. It means the pair is ahead of the FEI World Cup title holder Daniel Deusser and the grey Westfahlen stallion Cornet d’Amour on 1725 points. In third place we find USA’s McLain Ward with Rothchild (1625 points).
The rest of the top-ten proceeds as follows:
4th Abdelkebir Ouaddra MOR Quickly de Kreisker
5th Lauren Hough USA Ohlala
6th Marcus Ehning GER Cornado NRW
7th Allen Bertram IRL Molly Malone V
8th Scott Brash GBR Hello Sanctos
9th Maikel van der Vleuten NED VDL Groep Verdi
10th Beezie Madden USA Cortes C’
Italy has a representative in the top-20 in the form of Emanuele Gaudiano with Admara 2. The pair is in 15th place and has 1325 points. A special mention also goes to Denis Lynch with All Star 5. Lynch and All Star 5 are amongst the big movers in the latest rankings and jump from 77th to 14th, while the World Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam goes up from 65th to 19th. The biggest mover in the top-10 is Bertram Allen with Molly Malone V: the Irishman has climbed all the way up from 27th to 7th. Click here meanwhile for a complete ranking list and to see more: https://data.fei.org/Ranking/Search.aspx?rankingCode=S_WR_RH