Sweden dominate after the first round by teams competition and Peder Fredricson maintained clear to be leaders in both categories. (Photo © Claes Jakobsson)
The second day of the European Championships in Gothenburg had the total protagonism of the locals with Sweden and Peder Fredricson in first place.
Representing the first team competition, Sweden finished today with 1 foul and now accumulating 8.21 fouls, was at the top of the standings with the performances of Henrik von Eckermann and the 11-year-old mare Mary Lou 194 (Montendro X Portland L) accumulating 1 foul, Malin Baryard-Johnsson with the 11-year-old mare H&M Cue Channa (Cardetno 933 x Robin Z) in a clear round, Douglas Lindelöw accompanied by 12-year-old gelding Zacramento (Cardinal x Cortus) in 4 fouls and Peder Fredricson with the 11-year-old gelding H&M All In (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Andiamo Z), maintained for second day in a row the perfection, securing the first place for Sweden and the first place in the individual riders.
For second place Switzerland was up with Martin Fuchs in main plan, being the unique one to completed a clear round by his country next to the 11-year-old gelding Clooney 51 (Cornet Obolensky x Ferragamo), followed by 1 foul of Romain Duguet with the 10-year-old mare Twentytwo des Biches (Mylord Carthago x Kalor du Bocage) and Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat with the 11-year-old mare Bianca (Balou du Rouet x Cardento) added 5 fouls, to total yesterday’s accumulated 11.15 faults.
The options remained open with Ireland in third place outstanding Shane Sweetnam and Cian O’Connor with clear rounds for a grand total of 12.11 fouls. Belgium, who was undoubtedly the best presentation of the day, finished all their riders in clear round to tie with Ireland in third, notably Pieter Devos, Niels Bruynseels, Jerome Guery and Gregory Wathelet. Italy closing in fifth place totaling 15.25 fouls with a clear rounds by Alberto Zorzi and Lorenzo de Luca.
Germany that kept alive their hopes of fighting for the final competition by teams, occupied sixth place with accumulated of 15.52 faults in outstanding performances of Marcus Ehning and Laura Klaphake.
As for the individual Peder Fredricson remains his clear, German Marcus Ehning totaled 0.59 faults in second, the Portuguese Luciana Diniz also completed today her clear round for 0.67 faults in third and Kevin Staut of France recorded perfect round too for a great accumulated of 0.91 faults in fourth place.