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Guerdat is Golden at the LONGINES FEI World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg

The Scandinavium Arena was sold out on the final day of the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg. That’s 12,000 seats filled with nervous excitement and anticipation. The atmosphere was electric. Each spectator dared to not move, whisper, or blink as each competitor contested two jump rounds at 1.60m designed by Spanish course designer Santiago Varela. No stranger to pressure, the current FEI World Rank No. 1 show jumper, Steve Guerdat, soared over the final 12-obstacle course to win his third Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ title.

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Steve Guerdat, Peder Fredricson and Martin Fuchs 📸 Credit: FEI Liz Gregg

This was lucky trip number 13 to the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals for Guerdat. Winning his first World Cup in Las Vegas in 2015 and again in 2016 in Gothenburg, Switzerland’s Olympic veteran Steve Guerdat and Alamo, the black 11-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Patricio Pasquel Quintana held onto a podium finish throughout the entire competition. The last to go in the final round, Guerdat and Alamo raced the clock with 68 seconds allowed and no rails in hand. As the last fence combination marked the downfall of so many, Guerdat and Alamo cleared them with ease ending their time in Gothenburg as champion with just two penalty points.

“I was a bit unsure going to the Final today as this is his (Alamo’s) first championship and I was a little nervous on Friday after the speed class, but in the end, he has been amazing all week”, said Guerdat.

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Steve Guerdat 📸 Credit: FEI Liz Gregg

A reminiscent Guerdat recalls his World Cup journey. “When I was young I used to dream of winning the World Cup, and when I finished second twice I wondered if it would ever happen. So when I won in 2015 (Las Vegas) it was very special, and to win here in Gothenburg the next year was even better, because this is such a great show, the crowd is like nowhere else and the atmosphere is unbelievable. To win three times, and to do it in Gothenburg again today, this makes me very proud!”

Fellow Swiss rider and Olympic veteran Martin Fuchs piloted Clooney 51, the sure-footed 13-year-old Westphalian gelding, in a tense second round. Fuchs only had one point separating him from the leader, Guerdat. The momentum of Fuchs and Clooney 51 never waned as they came barreling down to the last few fences, an imposing Longines wall to a large oxer combination to the final vertical. Fuchs completed the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg with three penalties securing his spot on the podium behind is mentor for second place.

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Martin Fuchs 📸 Credit: FEI Liz Gregg

Fuchs now has finished second in two major events, last year’s World Championship and the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final, Fuchs noted “If I have to be beaten it’s great if Steve wins, he is my friend and training partner. Clooney was amazing, he jumped both rounds easy, he is one of the best horses in the world. Two times second place is already a great achievement, and I am already looking forward to the European Championships this summer!”

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Peder Fredricson 📸 Credit: FEI Liz Gregg

The reigning European champion and hometown hero, Sweden’s Olympic veteran Peder Fredricson and Catch Me Not S, the striking grey 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Ebba Berglöf, were foot-perfect. Consistently ranked in the top three, there was not enough of a gap to relax between fourth place finisher Germany’s Daniel Duesser who posted a double clear round. Strategic speed and stride management cemented Fredricson’s final round going double clear with a final score of five penalty points for third place.

The defending World Cup champion from the U.S., Olympic veteran Beezie Madden and her 13-year-old stallion Breitling LS, were efficient throughout the entire competition. It was, however, not their week for a back-to-back World Cup victory as a bogie fence in each round cost them a spot in the top three. Beezie and Breitling LS concluded the competition with a total of 11 penalty points for sixth place. They were the highest placed U.S. combination.

Final Results: https://results.hippodata.de/2019/1638/docs/jwcf_got_2019_-_final_standings_-_confirmed.pdf

Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and Catch Me Not S Soar to Victory at the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals

The excitement on the second day of competition at the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals was palpable as 32 combinations made quick, nail-biting decisions to climb the leaderboard to victory. Course designer Santiago Varela once again challenged riders at 1.60m. The hometown favorite and reigning European champion Peder Fredricson and Catch Me Not S dominated the class and jump-off for the win.

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Peder Fredricson

The first-round winner, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, said today’s second competition at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2019 in Gothenburg would shake up the leaderboard, he wasn’t wrong. A single mistake made in today’s class placed Guerdat into Sunday’s two-round title-decider in third on the leaderboard, two points behind Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar who leads in the standings and a single point behind Peder Fredricson who delivered a sensational home victory this evening.

Sweden’s Olympic veteran Peder Fredricson and Catch Me Not S, the bold grey 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Ebba Berglöf, were one of only eight combinations to post a clear round advancing them into the jump-off clocking a blazing 37.94 seconds.

After Thursday’s competition, Fredricson looked forlorn after finishing in eleventh place with H&M All In. However tonight’s victory with the aptly-named grey, Catch Me Not, has changed everything. “I was so disappointed yesterday and was not expecting to win today”, said Fredricson. “So I’m really happy tonight!”

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Alvarez Aznar 📸 Credit: FEI/Liz Gregg

Riding for Spain, Olympic veteran Eduardo Alvarez Aznar, left nothing to chance in the ring with Rokfeller de Pleville Bois Margot once the clock began to count down. The 14-year-old Selle Francais gelding continued to make quick work of the track and finishing the jump-off on 37.97 seconds and no rails. This dynamic duo has zero penalties and is poised to win the final.

“Going into the jump-off I felt it was safer to be in the top places for the final on Sunday so I didn’t risk it all”, said Aznar. “I was not expecting to be leading tonight but to have a good round. My horse is not the fastest but he is very consistent”. Aznar finished sixth at last year’s Longines Final in Paris (FRA) and who now has the best of the draw for Sunday’s finale. “I want to be on the podium of a Championship and I am now in a good position but I have to stay focused and have a good ride on Sunday”, he added.

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Max Kuhner 📸 Credit: FEI/Liz Gregg

Rounding out the top three of the day, Max Kühner of Austria and his own Chardonnay 79 demonstrated a true partnership as the 12-year-old Holsteiner sailed over the course with care to lead the way against the clock and set a sensible target posting a clear round in 39.44 seconds.

“First to go is never easy”, said Kühner. “As my horse is not really a naturally fast horse, the strategy was to be fast enough and clear”.

Moving up the leaderboard, defending champion and U.S. Olympic veteran Beezie Madden and her 13-year-old stallion Breitling LS, once again made the course look easy. Posting the fastest round of the day Madden and Breitling LS secured a place in the jump-off, however the last fence once again proved problematic. Adding a rail, Madden and Breitling LS are still in contention moving up from tenth to a tied-fourth place in the overall rankings alongside Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels and Olivier Philippaerts and Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs. A single fence separates Poland’s Jaroslaw Skrzyczynski and the top of the leaderboard.

28 of the original 33 combinations will move forward in Sunday’s final round of the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in Gothenburg.

Standings after Competition 2 here: https://results.hippodata.de/2019/1638/docs/jwcf_got_2019_-_standings_after_wcf_ii_-_confirmed.pdf

📸 Credit: FEI/Liz Gregg & Christophe Taniere