Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Barcelona? A look ahead at some of the big show jumping showdowns in 2019

Laura Klaphake and Catch Me If You Can 21 at the 2017 Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona
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Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Barcelona? A look ahead at some of the big show jumping showdowns in 2019

Although 2019 has just begun, people’s sights are already set on some of the big show jumping events coming up this year. Between the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, the European Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and the Final of the Longines Nations Cup – decisive in the race to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 – a glance at some of the big events ahead.

 - Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Barcelona? A look ahead at some of the big show jumping showdowns in 2019

Rotterdam, host of the 2019 European Championships
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A 15th World Cup Jumping Final in Gothenburg
Inaugurated in 1979 in Gothenburg and won in its first year by Hugo Simon, the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final is the first major competition of the season each year. After multiple qualifying stages in different leagues around the world (exclusively indoor in Western Europe) around 35 of the best riders on the planet will receive a ticket to the equestrian rendezvous. For the 15th time, Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, will host this major sporting event – one year after Paris, where Beezie Madden and Breitling LS triumphed at the Bercy arena. The Final will be held from April 3–7 in the renowned Scandinavium venue, which each year features a large oval track typical of the event. In 2016, at the last edition of this series finale in Gothenburg, the trophy returned to the recently minted World No.1 Steve Guerdat with Corbininan. The Swiss rider had also won a year earlier in Las Vegas with Albfuehren's Paille de la Roque and will be aiming for a hat trick as he is already easily qualified for the competition. 
 
Rotterdam, destination Tokyo
As is the case every two years, the big championship of the season in Europe will be continental. In 2019, the European Championships will be held in Rotterdam, which for many years has been hosting Jumping and Dressage Nations Cup stages. Won by the show jumping team from Ireland and individually by Sweden's Peder Fredricson, the 2017 European Championships also took place in this city on the west coast of the country. This year, the stakes will be even higher as beyond the medals, many riders will be aiming to pull off an Olympic qualification for their national team. After the first wave of qualifications for the best teams at the World Equestrian Games, the United States, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Australia have already stamped a ticket for Tokyo in 2020. Ninth in North Carolina, France will have to fight against Ireland and Great Britain, but also Belgium, Israel, Italy, Spain and Portugal to try to win the one of three places for Japan up for grabs. Rendezvous from August 19–25 for a fierce battle!
 
Another shot in Barcelona
Held since 2013 in Barcelona, ​​the location of the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final could change in 2019, with the host venue still to be chosen by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, the FEI (having different locations for the Final was initially envisaged in the competition format). In any case, the event will be held from October 3–6, wherever it lands. Won last year by Belgium, this Final will also have even more at stake this year since it will offer a last qualifying spot for the Tokyo Olympics. An opportunity then for the best teams worldwide to snatch a ticket in extremis for the Land of the Rising Sun. Photo below of Martin Fuchs (SUI) riding Clooney 51 during the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup qualifier presented by GL Events in Lyon, France on November 4, 2018. (Credit: Scoopdyga)

 - Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Barcelona? A look ahead at some of the big show jumping showdowns in 2019


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