Swedish rider Peder Fredricson set the pace in the First Qualifying Competition of the European Championship, with German Marcus Ehning second and Portugal’s Luciana Diniz third. (Photo © Claes Jakobsson)
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Swedish Peder Fredricson set the pace in the First Qualifying Competition at home for the European Championship.
Evaluated by Table C, the course designed by Louis Koninckx of Holland for a total of 80 riders encouraged the beginning of the European Championship in Gothenburg, where home rider Peder Fredricson was flying in the spectacular arena Ullevi Stadium with the 11-year-old gelding H&M All In (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Andiamo Z) owned by Stuteri Arch.
The crowd who enjoyed watching their main show jumping reference get the best time in 75.70 seconds, Peder Fredricson is leading the overall standings in a long week of results, but not being able to avoid the team result, them will leave third.
For second place the German rider Marcus Ehning recorded a time of 76.88 seconds with the 14-year-old gelding Pret A Tout (Hiram Chambertin x Stew Boy), which translates into 0.59 penalty, while third place was of the Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz along with the 13-year-old mare Fit For Fun 13 (For Pleasure x Fabriano) in time of 77.04 seconds and her difference with respect to the leader is 0.67 penalties.
Meanwhile Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat of Switzerland finished fourth with the 11-year-old mare Bianca (Balou du Rouet x Cardento) in 77.37 seconds, but showed the way to place with his teammates Romain Duguet, Martin Fusch and Nadja Peter Steiner, that the Team Swiss finished first after the first qualifying.
The fifth place was for world number 3 Kevin Staut of France and Champion in 2009 of the European Championship, appearing with the 16-year-old gelding Rever de Hurtebise HDC (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux Des 6 Censes), being precisely the Team France who are in second place.
It is important to emphasize that the fastest rider of the last World Equestrian Games Bertram Allen of Ireland, was betting for a safe and very conservative round with the 10-year-old stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Utrillo van de Heffinck), to finish 55th in 91.39 seconds which translates into 7.85 penalties behind the leader, who although there is a long way to go for the Championship, seems to be uphill by the intentions of the young rider.