British Youth riders top July World Rankings

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Fri, 11 Aug 2023 09:22

Following an unprecedented month of FEI European Championships success, Britain's Youth riders have made an outstanding impression on the revised FEI World Rankings tables, updated on 31 July. 

Junior rider Myles Graham (pictured) is the current world ranked number one in his age category, rising one position on his second place ranking in June. With Caroline Bell's British bred mare Nibeley Union Hit, the sixteen year old Swindon-based teen earned his stripes as anchorman on this year's Junior team - spearheading the charge to team Bronze and earning his first individual medal in the Freestyle competition, adding another bronze to his collection. The combination hold the top spot on the rankings table with 1895 points, ahead of Danish medallists Annabelle Rehn and Vestervangs Garson and Austria's standout combination of Florentina Jöbstl and Bodyguard 49. 

Myles' team mates also enjoyed rankings rises, as 14 year old newcomer Islay Sully climbed 18 places to sixth with Vagabond de Massa after her magnificent championship debut in Kronberg last month. 

The history making Young Rider combination of Annabella Pidgley and Sarah Pidgley's mare Espe are currently ranked world number two; their points haul of 2109 leaves them just a fraction behind Germany's Jana Lang and Baron, who've enjoyed a strong campaign on the spring CDI tour. Alongside leading the team to a momentous bronze, Annabella and Espe secured double gold medals at the 2023 FEI Young Rider European Championships, the first individual medals to be achieved in this age category by a British rider. 

Fellow Young Rider Jessica McConkey has two rides inside the top twenty, with her team partner Lady Gaga in 12th position and her direct reserve Wilson Stensvang in 14th - her placings reflect a superbly consistent season for a rider who's made team appearances for the past five years. 

Abigail Gray is the top ranked British rider on the Pony tables, rising 13 spots to hold 11th position with her European Championships partner George Clooney B.S; The duo made a solid impression at the end of July in Le Mans, placing just outside the medals on their debut European Championships as a combination. 

Congratulations to all British Youth riders for a superb season of championship competition, as well as to all owners, breeders, grooms and the teams behind the scenes who enable Britain's bright young talents to shine on the international stage.