Great Britain’s Oliver Townend makes it an astounding four years in a row as the leading rider in the UK with a huge total of 1,698 British Eventing points; 174 points clear of second placed rider Izzy Taylor on 1,524.
Oliver has had over 220 national and international starts this season with notable results including team gold at the FEI European eventing championships in Strzegom, a win at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, being crowned the Intermediate champion at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe and a win in the CCI3* at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials.
Oliver will be represented with the Tony Collins Trophy at the BE Awards lunch towards the end of January. The Tony Collins trophy, one of British Eventing's oldest trophies is awarded to the leading British rider of the season.
Izzy Taylor tops off yet another impressive eventing season, accumulating 276 starts to acquire her 1,524 points. Standout results include winning a gold medal at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in the six year old championship and a silver medal in the seven year old class. Izzy won the final leg of the Event Rider Masters at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials and was also crowned the 2017 CIC3* champion at the Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials. She lifted the winner’s trophy at Millstreet CCI3*, Millstreet CIC3*, Camphire CIC3*, Mallow CIC3* and Belton International CIC3*.
New Zealand’s Tim Price takes third place on the leader board with 1218 points. Tim has had a successful season with a second place in the Event Rider Masters class at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials and a third place at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton. His season ended on a high with a win in the CCI3* at Boekelo on Cekatinka as well as finishing in second in the FEI rankings.
For a full list of the top 20 riders of 2017 click HERE.
Article Source: British Eventing News
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