Gothenburg Horse Show; “Gothenburg is something special. They make you feel like a star here”
Last week, parts of the Kingsland-crew made the trip to Gothenburg Horse Show, known as one of the best and biggest indoor shows on the circuit.
The show in Gothenburg is normally held every year in late February, but as one of the best show organizers they have also had the honour of staging the World Cup finals several times, including last year when they hosted both the FEI World Cup Dressage and Jumping finals. Since the first show was held in 1977 more than 2,5 million horses have visited the event.
In addition to the competitions and entertainment in the arena, the visitors can go crazy at EuroHorse in “Svenska Mässan”, a huge exhibition centre connected to Skandinavium. Kingsland was there with a big stand offering a selection of our latest collections as well as several classics.
The atmosphere in Skandinavium is hard to describe. Through the weekend the arena is more or less fully packed with an enthusiastic public supporting their home riders and giving the others a warm welcome. To get into the ring there is an incline making it a very special feeling for both horse and rider to enter the arena.
The only 22–year-old Pål Flam (NOR) is one of the latest additions to our team of riders. Pål was a part of the 2016 Young Riders Academy, a program conceived for European talented young showjumpers. Pål had a very successful weekend in Gothenburg with his tenth place in the World Cup with his horse Skjerabergs Larkin as the biggest highlight. There is no doubt that Pål truly is a big talent.
“Gothenburg is something special. They make you feel like a star here. I was here last year to ride the Young Rider classes, and it is unbelievable that I was able to come back and compete with the top riders in the World Cup this year. You learn so much from just watching these riders in the warm-up and most of them are very helpful and open to share their tips and opinions.
Skjerabergs Larkin has jumped several big classes with consistent results since Kingsland Oslo Horse Show in October. He will also do the CSI3* in Herning, Denmark before he gets a break. We will then make a plan towards the European Championships here in Gothenburg later this year. The Championships is our main goal this season.
I am very happy that I now will be a part of the Kingsland team. To succeed It is important with a good team behind you and that includes the best equipment and clothing. Kingsland is one of the biggest brands in this business and I am very thankful for their support. I already have great people backing me and now I have an even stronger group pushing me forward.”
One of Kingsland’s more experienced riders competing in Gothenburg is Leopold van Asten (NED). After being second in the World Cup in Bordeaux, France, the first weekend of February he was in Gothenburg chasing points to reach the World Cup final in Omaha, USA to be held later this month. After a brilliant third place in Sunday’s World Cup class it was mission accomplished.
“Gothenburg is a very nice show. The crowd is good and makes a good atmosphere. It was only my second time riding here, but because I was the Dutch rider with most World Cup points ahead of the show I got the chance to go here and it really paid off. It was nice that everything worked out this weekend. I have been a bit unlucky earlier this season with a fence down here and there and small mistakes that have made the results look not so good. The horses have been jumping really well though so you just need to be patient and wait for everything work out. Both in Bordeaux and here in Gothenburg it finally did and it feels great.”
Leopold also took a stop by the Kingsland stand where he tried out some new show jackets that we will launch in the marked soon. “They have a really nice fitting and I like the materials,” was Leopold’s immediate feedback.