I’ve just returned home after being part of such a sensational show in Stockholm.
I was very grateful to be invited by the Swedish Federation and get the ride on the young superstar, Caruccio Paradise. To ride a horse of this caliber at this great event was truly a privilege. We finished 5th both nights of competition and he handled the atmosphere like a champion. I’d like to thank the owners, Klara Calle’s groom, and the horse’s usual rider, Johan Lundin. Johan went above and beyond looking after me last week and showing me around Sweden.
From a rider’s point of view this show was such a wonderful education. To be riding in the thick of the best riders and horses in the world and watching them school and then compete on such a big stage with 13,000 fans was a real treat. It was great to have Silva there to experience it with me as well.
If anyone out there is looking for a very special
7 y/o horse that looks to have the ability for the 5* levels, Calle is for sale!
Posted by Boyd Martin on Tuesday, November 29, 2022
The stage is set for the Agria Indoor Eventing at the Sweden International Horse Show this weekend. Last year’s winner, Maxime Livio, is back, as is runner-up Frida Andersén. “This year I hope I’m at least a hundredth faster!” says Frida.
Frida Andersén was only a hundredth of a second from victory when Agria Top 10 Indoor Eventing had its world premiere in Friends Arena a year ago. Now she is back to give top French rider Maxime Livio another match in the fight for the prestigious victory.
“It’s great fun to get the chance again. It’s a great experience for us event riders to be able to enter such a large arena and ride in front of full stands,” she says.
But there are probably more who are hungry for the victory and the prize money of a total of SEK 700,000 (about $67,500 USD). World No. 3 Boyd Martin from the USA is back in Stockholm, as is Sweden’s Sofia Sjöborg, who was second in the qualifiers last year. Also in the starting field is the Briton David Doel, who was successful in Burghley’s 5* competition last autumn, where he rode into second place.
“There will be tough opposition. I have to hope that I have the margins on my side this time,” says Frida Andersén, who brings the same horse as last time, Box Compris. “It feels safe and this format suits her so well. She is small, fast and maneuverable. It will actually be her last competition, as it is intended that she will go into breeding after that.”
Staffan Lidbeck is competition leader for Agria Top 10 Indoor Eventing. He looks forward to good sport. “It is a starting field with several very good riders. The audience can expect a very exciting and fast-paced competition.”
A total of ten riders from seven nations start in the Agria Top 10 Indoor Eventing. The competition is decided by a qualifier on Thursday evening and a final on Sunday evening. The result in the qualifier determines the starting order in the final, where the winner of the qualifier goes out as the last starter.
You can watch the Agira Top 10 Indoor Eventing live on Horse & Country here. The Thursday qualifier will take place today (11/30) at 9:30 p.m. local time / 3:30 p.m. ET. The final will occur Sunday at 8 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. ET.
Complete starting field:
Boyd Martin – USA
Julien Despontin – BEL
Peter Flarup – DEN
Maxime Livio – FRA
Cyril Gavrilovic – BEL
Frida Andersén – SWE
Sofia Sjöborg – SWE
Anna Freskgård – SWE
Jordy Wilken – NED
David Doel – GBR