World champion Ros Canter debuts as eventing world number one

1st May 2019

Eventing world champion Ros Canter has overtaken fellow British rider Oliver Townend to claim the number one spot in the Eventing World Rankings for the first time, ending Townend’s 12-month reign at the top of the leaderboard.

Ros is the first female athlete to top the eventing rankings since Mary King held the world number one slot back in 2011. Over the past seven years the World Rankings have been dominated by four men - Andrew Nicholson (NZL), William Fox-Pitt, Michael Jung (GER) and Oliver Townend.

Last year, Ros clinched victory at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last year aboard Allstar B and treated fans to one of the most exciting performances in sport to secure team and individual gold medal for Great Britain. In 2017, Ros Canter was also part of the gold medal winning team at the FEI European Eventing Championships in Strzegom, Poland.

“It is very exciting for me as not many people can say they’ve been world number one,” Ros Canter said following the release of the latest FEI World Eventing Rankings. “I didn’t think it would ever happen, in the main because I’ve not had a string of horses at the top level. However, we have been improving. We have gone from fairly average results to very competitive in recent years.”

Following the arrival of her first child, expected in July this year, Ros will be focusing her sights on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.