Sweden reveals showjumping team for World Equestrian Games

  • Swedish chef d´equipe Hans Horn has revealed his team of Swedish medal hopefuls for the showjumping competition at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

    The team is headed by Olympic silver medallist Malin Baryard-Johnsson and her ride H&M Actrice W. This combination was part of the Swedish Nations Cup team at Hickstead and Aachen, as well as the winning Nations Cup team at Falsterbo, Sweden. Recent results include third at the S Giovanni grand prix in Italy.

    Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Ninja La Silla are the most experienced combination in the squad having won an individual silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. More recently, they won the Grand Prix at Arezzo in 2009, as well as placing second at Aachen in Germany this year. Individual medal hopes are not out of the question with this experienced duo.

    The third team member is Peder Fredricson with the grey gelding H&M Arctic Aurora Borealis. Peder is another Olympic medallist and this combination were part of the winning Nation Cup team at Falsterbo as well as at Dublin, Hickstead and Rotterdam. Recent form includes 9th place at the Falsterbo grand prix and no doubt Peder is hoping for a podium finish in Kentucky.

    Helena Lundback and her ride Bukowskis Erbblume take the remaining place in the team. This combination was also part of Falsterbo Nation Cup team and further form includes winning this year at Zeltweg Farrach in Austria as well as placing second at the grand prix in S Giovanni.

    Alexander Zetterman, 20, and Isaac, who have been Nation Cup team regulars this year, are reserves.

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