Over three days of team competition at the 2022 FEI Jumping World Championships in Herning, Denmark, Sweden’s position at the top of the leaderboard never budged. The efforts of Peder Fredricson, Malin Baryard-Johnsson, Jens Fredricson, Henrik von Eckermann, and their respective mounts, earned Sweden the gold medal. The team’s final score was just 7.69.
The top 10 teams from the first two days of competition advanced to tonight’s team final under the lights in Stutteri Ask Stadium. Athletes were met with a 17-effort track designed by Louis Konickx (NED) and Quintin Maertens (NED). The course stood at 1.65m and had a time allowed of 83 seconds.
Sweden Is Unstoppable
Current world number one rider, Henrik von Eckermann, was the first in the ring for Sweden. He piloted King Edward, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Dufour Stables AG, to a clear round under the time allowed. He didn’t add any points to the team’s score. “The Championship is always like a rollercoaster—rounds that you wish you would’ve done better. But, I just counted now, and I think even with Peder’s score, we would have won today.”
Malin Baryard-Johnsson and H&M Indiana, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Stuteri Arch, followed them up. While the horse and rider combination met the time allowed, they had one rail down for 4 faults. “We had a bit of a tough start in the speed [on Wednesday], where she got a bit stressed and trying to jump far too high,” Baryard-Johnsson said of the mare. “Today, I’m so happy with her. She really gave everything.”
Next in was Jens Fredricson and Markan Cosmopolit, an 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Interbreed AB and Strömsholms Marketenteri. They too kept the rails up and completed the course under the time allowed, contributing nothing to the team’s score. “[Cosmopolit] went easy and confident and was relaxed with a lot of power, so it was an easy ride, you could say.”
Before Sweden’s final rider, Peder Fredricson, went in the ring, the nation had already solidified its gold medal position. With the pressure off, he and H&M All In, a 16-year-old SBS gelding owned by Stuteri Arch, took it easy around the course. “It made my day easy today,” remarked Fredricson. Even though three rails came down, amassing to 12 faults, his score was dropped. “I had two great runs [this week]. I think today wasn’t our best round, but with team riders like this, it’s okay,” Fredricson said about his teammates.
Rider / Horse / Owner / Age / Sex / Breed / Jumping Faults / Time Faults / Total (Dropped)
Sanne Thijssen / Con Quidam RB / Stal Thijssen BV / 16 / S / Holsteiner / 4 / 0 / (4)
Maikel van der Vleuten / Beauville Z N.O.P. / Pontegadea Espana SLU & Marta Ortega Perez / 12 / G / Zangersheide / 4 / 0 / 4
Jur Vrieling / Long John Silver / SF Equestrian BV / 10 / G / Holsteiner / 0 / 2 / 2
Harrie Smolders / Monaco NOP / Evergate Stables LLC & Harrie Smolders / 13 / G / Holsteiner / 0 / 0 / 0
Team total = 19.31
Team Great Britain
Ben Maher / Faltic HB / Oakingham Stud / 12 / S / KWPN / 4 / 0 / 4
Joseph Stockdale / Equine America Cacharel / Joy Cocklin & Laura Stockdale / 11 / M / Holsteiner / 4 / 0 / 4
Harry Charles / Romeo 88 / Ann Thompson & Harry Charles / 10 / G / Zangersheide / 0 / 0 / 0
Scott Brash / Hello Jefferson / Lady Pauline Harris & Lady Pauline Kirkham / 13 / G / Belgian Warmblood / (8) / 0 / 8
Team total = 22.66
2022 FEI Jumping World Championships – Individuals
The top three in individual competition did see a shake up. France’s Julien Epaillard and Caracole de la Roque, a 10-year-old Selle Francais mare owned by EURL Top Stallions Company, held the lead for the first two rounds. Unfortunately, they fell to 12th place after racking up 8 faults today.
Sweden’s von Eckermann moved up from 4th place to take over the top spot with a score of 0.58. He’s followed by teammate Fredricson, whose clear round today boosted him from 10th to second place on a score of 2.71. Rounding out the top three is Belgium’s Jérôme Guery and Quel Homme de Hus, a 16-year-old Holsteiner stallion owned by himself, Alexander Oancea and Eden Farm FARL. The duo jumped from their overnight position at 8th place into third.
The evening marked the last appearances for the U.S. at the 2022 FEI World Championships. Brian Moggre’s mount, Balou du Reventon, a 16-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Ann Thompson, abruptly reared several times in the middle of their course. “Tough day but my horse jumped amazing. I pushed him hard the first four, and I don’t know what he saw,” said Moggre.
Moggre hung on until Balou du Reventon stopped rearing. Then he pushed him forward, circled and continued on. While the duo only had one rail, time faults knocked them out of contention. “Every day is a new day. We came out of the corner and the fences come up fast and something happened. It is the first championship, and it is a great experience.”
Finally, McLain Ward and Contagious, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by Beechwood Stables LLC, were about half way through the course when Ward decided to retire. “Of course, a disappointing week for us, but we look to the positives,” commented Ward. “Our young riders have gained a lot of miles, and we work for the future. It’s a rough week, but we will survive.”
How to Follow the 2022 FEI Jumping World Championships
The top 25 will go head-to-head at the 2022 FEI Jumping World Championship on Sunday, August 14, at 2:00 p.m. EST in the Individual Jumping Final.
For the time schedule and results, click here.
You can tune into the livestream of the 2022 FEI Jumping World Championships on FEI TV. Watch highlights, including winning rounds, on the FEI’s YouTube channel.