Falsterbo Horse Show

Falsterbo beaches

 

 

 

Road to Rio

 

Equestrianism thrives in Sweden were the top show of the summer is in Falsterbo – this year with a Brazilian vibe.

 

As a rule, the Swedes always do well on their home turf; not least in the dressage classes where Patrik Kittel won both individual and team gold in this year’s Nation’s Cup, which he then topped off with yet another victory on the final Sunday.

In the show jumping arena his compatriot and former number one, Rolf Göran Bengtsson won the Grand Prix two days after Sweden came second in the Nations Cup which was captured by Switzerland while Great Britain, Brazil and the Netherlands shared the third place.

In between the rounds, the crowds were spellbound as Kittel bid farewell to his star horse, Scandia, as the duo performed a kür on the show jumping grounds. An unusual sight in many places – but not in front of this knowledgeable and enthusiastic audience – one of the main reasons why riders enjoy this show so much.

This year’s meeting, however, was a little different than usual as Falsterbo was also an opportunity for the show jumpers to jump obstacles by Guilherme Jorge; the course builder at the next Olympics.  Though there were surprisingly many clears in the opening rounds of the Nation’s Cup, and the riders overall did well, that may not be the case in Rio.

“I want to see the best rider-horse combination win the gold. It will be based on a careful horse, and an equipage who can keep their balance and flow throughout the course. I won’t demand the impossible of the horses – but naturally it takes capacity to jump the large obstacles,” said Jorge whose advisor is Santiago Varela Ullastres; course builder of the World Cup finals in Gothenburg earlier this spring.