Longines FEI European Championships 2017: Sweden’s Fredricson wins thrilling Jumping opener while Swiss take the lead in team standings 

Less than a fence separates the top four nations: less than a single point separates the top five individuals
23 Aug 2017

by Louise Parkes 
 
As if scripted to perfection, Sweden’s Rio Olympic individual silver medallists, Peder Fredricson (45) and the 11-year-old gelding H&M All In, galloped to victory on the opening day of Jumping at the FEI European Championships 2017 in Gothenburg (SWE) today.
 
But it was the Swiss who gained the early advantage in the team event when brilliant rounds from Romain Duguet (Twentytwo des Biches) and Martin Fuchs (Clooney) were backed up by a breath-taking run from Steve Guerdat (Bianca) who slotted into fourth place individually at the of the day. Portugal’s Luciana Diniz (Fit for Fun) lies third and Germany’s Marcus Ehning (Pret a Tout) is in runner-up spot in the individual rankings going into tomorrow’s first round of the team competition. But as Fredricson said this afternoon, there’s a long week of great sport ahead before the medals are decided.
 
“My plan was not to win today but to place in the top 10, but then I saw Marcus and I thought - I want to beat him! Ok, I’m joking, but the main thing is that there are many days to go, and the most important thing is to have the horse jumping well for the rest of the week and not be too far back (in the standings). All In is a horse that has very big strides so it’s not difficult to take away strides with him and still have him jumping in a good way, so this course suited us very well.”  Peder Fredricson SWE
 
You couldn’t say that for many others, although Swiss pathfinder Nadja Peter Steiner (Saura de Fondcombe) was one of the very many to be clear all the way only to fall victim to the penultimate double, where the combination of a turn down the final line, bright red poles and strong shadows led to expensive poles on the ground. However with the best three scores to count her team-mates pulled it back so they hold pole position when the action resumes tomorrow afternoon. 
 
It’s incredibly close between the leading sides, the reigning Olympic team champions from France stalking the Swiss by a margin of just 1.63 after today’s results were calculated into penalty points, and the hosts from Sweden just 0.43 behind and shadowed by the Irish who are only 0.9 further adrift of that. The Spanish are a close fifth, follow ed by Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Portugal who lie tenth of the 17 competing nations.
 
It was a tough day today for the defending champions from The Netherlands who swept all before them in Aachen (GER) two years ago but who are lying 12th, behind Norway, on a team total of 14.53, going into tomorrow’s competition from which only the top 10 nations will qualify for Friday’s team medal decider.
 
Result First Qualifier, Team and Individual here

 

Facts and Figures:

 
17 teams and 13 individual riders from nine nations lined out in today’s opening round of Jumping at the Longines FEI European Championships 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
 
Less than a fence separates the top-24 individuals going into tomorrow’s competition.
 
Peder Fredricson’s winning time of 75.70 seconds left him more than a second quicker than runner-up Marcus Ehning today.
 
Fredricson’s Olympic silver medal winning ride, H&M All In, underwent surgery following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and had since months rest before returning to action.
 
Tomorrow's second Jumping competition begins at 13.30 local time.
 
Quotes:
 
Marcus Ehning (GER) talking about his round with Pret A Tout that left him in second place individually and helped Germany to finish seventh in the team rankings :
 
"I'm really happy, I did what I wanted to do, I was lucky that he is naturally a very fast horse so I was good in time. The pressure is always greater if the first riders are really good, but after we didn’t have a super start I could do just my own thing. Philip (Weishaupt) at the end also did a good round, so I hope we are not too far away.”
 
Louis Konickx (BEL) course designer: "The course makes its own story! It turned out to be very exciting, everyone finding their own way and also at the end the red double, there were many faults there, yet many jumped it very easily so I’m surprised!”

Super-cool Swede, Peder Fredricson, steered his Olympic silver medal winning horse H&M All In to victory on the opening day of Jumping at the FEI European Championships 2017 in Gothenburg (SWE) today. (FEI/Claes Jakobsson)

Super-cool Swede, Peder Fredricson, steered his Olympic silver medal winning horse H&M All In to victory on the opening day of Jumping at the FEI European Championships 2017 in Gothenburg (SWE) today. (FEI/Claes Jakobsson)

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