Gothenburg will distribute final European qualifying points for Paris 2018

Current World No.4 Kevin Staut and For Joy van't Zorgvliet HDC in Gothenburg in 2016
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Tuesday 20 February - 13h40 | Anaïs Durr

Gothenburg will distribute final European qualifying points for Paris 2018

A World Cup fixture since 1979, Gothenburg, Sweden will host the 42nd edition of the Gothenburg Horse Show from February 20-25. As the 13th and final leg of the Western European qualifying circuit for the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping Final in Paris, set for April 11-15, the southwestern city represents the last chance for riders to earn points towards one of the 18 places (plus extras for resident non-Europeans) up for grabs to competitors in the region.   

 - Gothenburg will distribute final European qualifying points for Paris 2018

The World Cup points will be distributed at the outcome of Sunday’s 1.60m Grand Prix, scheduled for 3 p.m. local time. And many top riders from the continent and beyond will be present at Gothenburg’s Scandinavium arena for the showdown, including the current leader of the Western European standings, Kevin Staut of France – already qualified for Paris with 79 points. Among the others on the entries list in Sweden are Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander, based in Europe and currently 7th in the standings (and also qualified).

The second-ranked rider in those Western European standings is Henrik von Eckermann, who is leading a large Swedish contingent of competitors on home ground. That group from the host nation also includes Douglas Lindelöw, the next-best ranked Swedish rider in Western Europe, currently in 18th place and looking to secure a spot at this spring's competition in the French capital.

In Gothenburg, the Phillipaerts brothers will be flying Belgium’s flag, as well as compatriot François Mathy, in 33rd with 21 points. Top riders from Germany are also heading north, with Daniel Deusser, Marcus Ehning and Philipp Weishaupt joined by the incredible Eventing World No.1 Michael Jung, who has set his sights on the elite level in Show Jumping. 

Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca, the Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders, Ireland’s Denis Lynch, Great Britain’s Robert and Michael Whitaker, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Portugal’s Luciana Diniz are among the other world-class 45 athletes with 121 horses from 15 nations. The full list is here.

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