SHOW JUMPING: IRELAND NOW HAS 11 RIDERS IN WORLD TOP 100 – SWAIL BEST, KENNY FASTEST RISER

darragh-smIN the official Longines World Show Jumping Rankings published on Thursday, covering competitions during the month of June, Ireland has once again increased its presence with 11 riders now in the top 100, compared to ten last month, and nine the month before.

Leading for Ireland in the global rankings is Co. Down’s Conor Swail, who is currently 33rd, followed by Tipperary’s Denis Lynch in 34th place.

Cork’s Billy Twomey has catapulted 18 places to claim 38th in the official standings, while 18 year-old Bertram Allen from Wexford is Ireland’s youngest rider in the top 100, climbing nine places to 41st.

Tipperary’s Shane Breen is in 44th place, with Mayo’s Cameron Hanley at 59th and US-based Shane Sweetnam at 64th.

However, Ireland’s biggest jump in the world rankings goes to Offaly’s Darragh Kenny, who, following some big Stateside successes last month, climbed a remarkable 62 places to enter the top 100 in 70th place overall.

Ireland’s Olympic Bronze Medallist Cian O’Connor is 85th in the standings, with another US-based rider, Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney, in 89th.

Antrim-born Jessica Kurten celebrates a long-awaited return to the top rank, re-entering at number 100.

The Longines World Show Jumping rankings measure the performances of over 2,000 international riders each month, and the current leader is Britain’s Scott Brash, with fellow Briton Ben Maher in second place. Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum holds third position.

The rankings are published by the world governing body for the sport, the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) in Lausanne, Switzerland.