Oliver Townend returns to the top in the BE end of season points ranking

Oliver Townend returns to the top in the BE end of season points ranking

Oliver Townend has topped the end of season British Eventing points rankings for the first time since 2009, the year he won both the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Although he has been in the top three every year since 2004, this is the first year he has returned to the top. The 31 year old who hails from Yorkshire also wins the Tony Collings Award for the best British rider.

During the 2014 season Oliver has amassed 1556 points. Notable wins came at Ballindenisk CICO3* and CCI2*, and Rockingham Castle, Floors Castle and Brightling Park's CIC2*s. Then there was Armada's runner up finish at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and eighth place at the Land Rover Burghley CCI4*s, and Black Tie II's fourth place at Luhmuehlen CCI4* which resulted in the pair's selections for the Senior British WEG squad. In total Oliver won nine international and 24 national classes this year.

“It's been a good year, and a bonus to finish at the top of the table again,” said Oliver. “Thanks to my great group of loyal owners, who are friends as much as owners, I have an exciting team of horses who have really stepped up to the plate. There's a lot of work to do over the winter, but I have plenty to be excited about thinking ahead to next season.”