The International Jumping Riders Club is proud to announce the riders who will compete in the 22nd Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final on 8 December, during the Concours Hippique International de Geneva.

A highlight of the equestrian calendar, the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final brings together the world's top 10 showjumping riders, who have qualified on merit from the ranking list. 

Established in 2001 by the International Jumping Riders Club, the class recognises and celebrates the achievements and talents of the world's top showjumping riders over the previous year. The following riders will compete for the glory at the end of the year: 

1. Henrik von Eckermann (Sweden). 

2. Ben Maher (Great Britain). 

3. Kent Farrington (United States). 

4. Martin Fuchs (Switzerland). 

5. Steve Guerdat (Switzerland). 

6. Julien Epaillard (France). 

7. Simon Delestre (France).

8. Max Kühner (Austria).

9. Harrie Smolders (Netherlands). 

10. Shane Sweetnam (Ireland). 

In this year's final there are four former winners: von Eckermann, Maher, Guerdat and Farrington. Seven of the riders were in last year's finals, including Delestre, who was ahead of von Eckermann after the first round. 

Collage of the 10 competitors in the 22nd Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. © IJRC/F. Petron
Collage of the 10 competitors in the 22nd Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. © IJRC/F. Petron

Riding Cayman Jolly Jumper, Delestre finished second with a fast but not the fastest time of the day. McLain Ward (USA), ranked sixth in the world, is unfortunately unable to travel to Europe to compete in this event. 

Last year's winner, von Eckermann, who has been ranked number one in the world for the past 16 months, could prove even harder to beat in 2023.

Although his horse of choice is yet to be confirmed, a successful defence of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 title in Geneva next month would add to the already illustrious record of King Edward, a living legend of showjumping. 

Commenting on the upcoming Geneva event, the President of the IJRC, Kevin Staut, said: "The Rolex IJRC Top 10 final is a very special class; every edition of this competition is an extraordinary event, a new and exciting experience." 

"Thanks to its format and the understanding between the riders and the public, it is a perfect competition! Winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 is one of the most satisfying and important achievements for a rider because it marks the crowning glory after a year of constructive and constant work in perfect synergy and harmony with our horses," he commented.

von Eckermann, in Geveva six years ago. © Getty Images
von Eckermann, in Geveva six years ago. © Getty Images

Eleonora Ottaviani, Director of the IJRC, added: "The Top 10 is a unique event, exciting, full of emotion, a competition that, even after more than 20 editions represents a milestone that the riders strongly deam to reach". 

"Winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final means being crowned as the undisputed champion of the year. The enthusiasm of the public and the interest of the media confirm the uniqueness and importance of this event,” he said. 

The Rolex IJRC Top Ten’s formula is particularly popular with spectators, who see the event as the highlight of the showjumping year. Similar to a traditional Grand Prix, it consists of a first round od 10-12 fences and a second round of 8-10 fences, with a maximum height of 1.60m. 

Faults and times are aggregated and in the event of a tie, the time of the second round is used. After their rounds, the riders return to the arena on foot for interviews, another popular feature of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final.