World Cup eventing moves to Sweden

May 22, 2009

The fifth leg of eventing's World Cup is in Scandinavia this weekend, with 19 riders from seven nations taking part in the qualifier this weekend at Malmo, the atmospheric Swedish seaside venue that ran the 2005 and 2006 finals.

Many of the riders starting on younger horses and it will be the first 3-star level competition for some.

Viktoria Carlerback, one of five Swedish riders in the field, won Malmo last year on her Olympic team horse Ballys Geronimo. This time she brings the newly upgraded Moustic de Canta.

One of the most experienced combinations is Katrin Norling with Pandora Emm, 19th and members of the 4th-placed Swedish team at the Olympics in Hong Kong last year. Niklas Lindback's two horses, Mister Pooh and Olivia, completed their first 3-star CCI at Boekelo last year.

For Belgium, Karin Donckers, who recently produced her country's best ever result at the Badminton Horse Trials when she finished seventh - rides the youngster Lamicell Charizard, while Carl Bouckaert has the seasoned Irish-bred grey Rampant Lion, 19th at the 2007 FEI European Championships and a team horse at the 2005 Europeans.

Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Germany, whose Olympic gold medallist Peter Thomsen rides Parko, are also represented.

The course designer is Sweden's Per Magnusson.