European eventing championships


“This has been a very good flagship event. Usually these events are held in the country side but here it’s really easy to get to..There’s been a lot of people supporting us; paying to get in or watching it on television,” said  Svennerstål who started eventing in his early teens.


 “My parents, mostly my mother, competed at low level as an eventer. I got better and better, finished school and decided to give it one year to see if I’d do well or not. After that I went to London to the Olympics and from then on, I’ve just been trying to get better.”

“In Sweden the sport is pretty equal. There ‘s both advantages of being a women and a man. Girls tend to have more feeling when they ride, while men have more strength. It also depends on how you train your horse.”

“We have a great support team with trainers who are all specialized in either dressage, cross country or show jumping.”


“I try to be as all round as possible. Show jumping was always my weakness; I always felt it was more difficult..It also depends on the horses you’ve had and your experiences. Cross country was always my strength,” said Svennerstål, who lost his own momentum in the final day of the event when he pulled down two fences with  Shamwari, the same horse as he had in the Olympics.


“I bought when he was six from Peter Thomson in Germany. He’s very relaxed, an easy character, and a good mover. I have three horses at this level. My best horse, Alexander, is currently injured. We bought him at three and now he’s ten.”


“I got my first championship when I was a junior in 2007. My first one as a senior was the Olympics.

In life, I guess you need to pick your good moments.”





Wild horses

at Ribban


Guests at the European Eventing Championships were greeted by a life size rearing horse made out of paper thin iron plates. A similar – and smaller – sculpture was also given to the winner of the event.


The artist behind the works –  which are basically the silhouettes of prints cut out of iron plates – is Per Josephson who also exhibited a similar group of wild horses in the city square of Malmö. 


”The existence of the wild horse has become almost extinct. The free thinking, the spontaneous and erratic wandering and moving with the wind is now framed and cornered.

The large fields, the unlimited spaces where thoughts can flow freely are narrowing in.

My exhibit consists of a group of ten wild horses who freely move on the city square. Calmly grazing in the shade, galloping without harness only with the direction of the free mind.

The horse always had a special place in art.

Its proportional volumes and movements have inspired artists as the needs of humans and their pass time.

Magritte’s The Lost Jockey, Toulouse Lautrec’s jockeys, Franz Marc’s Blue Horses were the basis for the expressionist community Der Blaue Reiter with Picasso, Kandinsky, Bracque and Schönberg on horses’ backs.”


From Per Josephson’s manifest for the exhibition. The artist is represented by Uniart Gallery













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