World Cup Finals

Six stallions including a Chaman

Six stallions made the final line up for the Gothenburg Trophy – a high profile 1,55cm class that has ended the Saturday evening of the show since 1977.

This year’s winner was Ludger Beerbaum on his 14 year old selle francais,  Chaman – the son of the former World Cup winner, Baloubet du Rouet.

The German was not in the finals and on his way to China. But a phone call made him change his mind – and his ticket – while he was waiting for his connecting flight.

”I didn’t really want to go, and my groom wanted to go on a holiday. Now I’m really happy that I went,” said Beerbaum who was followed by Marcus Ehning on Plot Blue and Rolf Göran Bengtsson on Casall; one of the horses the Swede gets to keep from his Chilean sponsor, La Silla, after switching to the Kjeld Kirk (Lego) owned Ask in Denmark.





The place since 1977


All venues have their own identities. As a huge concrete bunker in midst of a beautiful old town situated next to the historic amusement park, Liseberg, the venue of the Gothenburg Horse Show is an aquired taste.

Scandinavium is the name of the ski slope shaped building which has received some 2,5 million people since it’s first edition of the world cup in 1977.

Not exactly an architectural pearl but nevertheless a popular venue due to its intimacy.

Legendary riders, from Hugo Simon to the Pessoas have basked in the arena’s unique atmosphere – just as ABBA, Slade and Diana Ross. Their yellowing tour posters still grace the walls in the basement which  – filled with show jumping obstacles and fresh flowers – a total of 20,000 – during the world cup finals.

It is Volvo which propelled the cup to its current position via its former president, Pär Gyllenhammar, who was also the chairman of Sweden’s national equestrian organisation.

Volvo is still very much a part of the show just as the Eurocommerce equestrian fair.

As most people have discovered; equestrian events are not just the place for tack and hay. The luxury bed manufacturer, Hästens has become a frequent sponsor of Swedish events. In Gothenburg they were ousted by rivaling Carpe Diem who showcased their latest bed design with seductive music and alarms.

With seven Swedes in the finals, including an impressive crop of juniors and some 70,000 spectators the future of the sport seems secure – just as the World Cup’s ski sloped venue since 1977.




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