Top Eventers to Face Off at Sweden’s First Indoor Derby

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The Swedish silver medal team from the 2013 European Championships will compete together again in the Indoor Derby at the Sweden International Horse Show. Photo used under Creative Commons License.

Yet another indoor derby is upon us as four teams of top riders prepare to face off tomorrow at the Sweden International Horse Show. Sweden’s silver medal team from the 2013 European Championships in Malmö — Ludwig Svennerstal, Sara Algottson-Ostholt, Frida Andersen and Niklas Lindbäck — will compete against teams from Great Britain, New Zealand and Germany.

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST won’t represent Germany at this indoor derby after taking the win at the German Masters at Stuttgart last week, but Mark Todd, Jonelle Price and Tim Price — who finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th at Stuttgart — will be back hunting for the win.

This will be Sara Algottson-Ostholt’s first big show back in the saddle after giving birth to her second child, a son, last month. Mister Pooh is also returning to action after he sustained an injury at Aachen over the summer. It’s great to see both Sara and Niklas Lindbäck back in action after they sat out at this year’s World Equestrian Games.

Sara said she’s excited about the indoor derby, which has never before been offered at the Sweden International Horse Show, because “it’s a cool experience to ride cross country indoors and a unique chance to get close to our audience.” The winning team will take home €8,000 and a John Deere tractor.

Team Great Britain is Laura Collett, Emily Llewellyn, Gemma Tattersall and Oliver Townend. The German team is Jens Hoffrogge, Kai Rüder, Anna Siemer and Peter Thomsen. The Kiwi team is Jesse Campbell, Jonelle and Tim Price, and Mark Todd. Click here to check out the full entry list of 16 riders.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be a live stream for all of us to watch on Turkey Day tomorrow here in the States. If anyone does find a live stream link, please post it in the comments below.

Sweden International Horse Show: [Website] [Entries] [Schedule]

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