Quote of the Week
“Today feels like the biggest [single] win. I am so, so happy, it is a great feeling winning in front of this home crowd in Sweden. It is the best crowd in the world.”
—LGCT Grand Prix of Stockholm winner Peder Fredricson on what it feels like to take the hometown victory with H&M All In. Fredricson went 1-2 with fellow Swede, Malin Baryard-Johnsson & H&M Indiana, in what is perhaps the single greatest day for Sweden since the ABBA reunion tour (you can watch Peder’s round below).
The Price Family’s Five-Star Reign Continues at Luhmühlen
Newly crowned Eventing World #1 Tim Price of New Zealand earned his third, CCI5* win—this time with Ascona M—at the Luhmühlen Horse Trials this weekend in northern Germany.
Wait, That Name Sounds Familiar
It should. Tim and his wife Jonelle Price are regular fixtures at the top level of the sport, and this weekend in Luhmühlen, Tim had the podium in his sights from start to finish. The Kiwi rider was sitting in second place on a dressage score of 74.23 after Day 1, and squeaked into first after a dynamite, cross-country run with just two time penalties on Day 2.
Luhmühlen show jumping designer Martin Otto is known for his especially challenging courses, and Sunday’s track was no exception. Built to the top of the height tables, his class list of 22 saw only two clears, but Price’s consistency all weekend paid off, giving him 5 penalties in hand walking into the arena, where he posted a clear round but 3.6 penalties for time. Still, that was enough to keep him out ahead of second-place finisher Tom McEwen (GBR) & Figaro van het Broekxhof, and Alexander Bragg (GBR) and Zagreb in third. The U.S.A’s own top amateur eventer, Frankie Thieriot-Stutes, earned an impressive fourth place in her CCI5* debut with longtime partner, Chatwin.
Eventing is truly a family affair for U.K.-based husband-and-wife team, Tim and Jonelle Price, who share parenting duties of their young son, Otis, and trade-off wins all around the globe—including five, five-stars between them. Jonelle took home the CCI5* at Luhmühlen in 2018 with Faerie Dianimo, as well as the 2018 Badminton Horse Trials with Classic Moet. Tim will add his Luhmühlen title with Ascona M to the pair’s CCI4*-S victory at Tattersalls in May, as well as a third-place finish with Xavier Faer at the Land Rover Kentucky CCI5* the same month. The bottom line? It appears that with some creative planning and (likely) a lot of give-and-take, top equestrian athletes really can have it all.
The Week’s Big Controversy
Robert Gage’s Suicide Throws SafeSport into the Spotlight
On June 12, show jumper Robert Gage, a three-time FEI World Cup Finals competitor and “R”-rated judge, took his own life. Gage was in the middle of appealing multiple USEF SafeSport allegations that resulted in his lifetime ban in February for “sexual misconduct involving a minor.” The case has sparked outrage among Gage’s supporters in the equestrian community, including the creation of an online petition with more than 1,500 signatures, calling for signers to refuse USEF membership renewal at the end of the year “if a significant and meaningful change is not made to ensure a full hearing on SafeSport [sic] allegations.” You can read The Chronicle of the Horse’s full story here.
If You Can Only Watch One Round...
Watch Peder Fredricson Have the Best Week Ever at LGCT Stockholm
On Sunday, Sweden’s Peder Fredricson took home his second big win of the weekend in the 1.55m CSI5* class at LGCT Stockholm with H&M Christian K. But it came on the heels of an even bigger victory: Saturday's 1.60m LGCT Grand Prix of Stockholm aboard his Olympic silver medal-winning and European Championship partner, H&M All In. And while, in true Fredricson style, the riding and horsemanship on display are truly next-level, you might never see a show jumping crowd so amped as the one in the video below—supporting their hometown hero and favorite horse in the middle of downtown Stockholm. Bring on the goose bumps!
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Check Out Edwina Tops-Alexander’s New Grand Prix Prospect
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