Oliver Townend is on course to set two new EquiRatings records. The first is nailed on and that’s the highest number of international runs in a calendar year. He set the record in 2014 with 72 and then broke it last year with 82. He’s on course to smash it again with 76 appearances already on the board in 2016.
The second record will be even more impressive if he gets there. He could be the first rider to attain more than 1,500 FEI points in a calendar year. Our records (2010 onwards) show that the 1,000 point barrier has broken on just 12 occasions in 7 years, all by the usual suspects! The big three have all topped 1,300 points once in their careers and Oliver is well on track to match that feat. However, knowing him as we do, he will have his eyes firmly set on Andrew’s record of 1,473. They are great mates off the field, but Oliver is unlikely to have any reservations about topping the pile.
A brilliant Blair Castle set this record attempt up for Oliver. He took seven horses and none finished out of the top 6. His win in the ERM series on Cillnabradden Evo was probably the sweetest result, but his 2nd and 3rd in the CCI3* class was a huge points grab for. He crossed the border back from Scotland with over 200 FEI points in his pocket, a serious weekend’s work!
We’ll keep you up to date as the 2016 season closes out. But this is sure to go right to the wire!!