This 5th leg in the 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL calendar is sure to see incredible sporting action, with Swedish and international riders alike set to treat fans to stunning performances with their best horses. The event, inaugurated in 2019, is the LGCT circuit’s only event in Scandinavia and brings top-class show jumping to an audience passionate about equestrian sport.
From 18 to 20 June 2021, the world’s best horses and riders will head to the Longines Global Champions Tour of Stockholm at the city’s historic Olympic Stadium. The spectacular arena has a strong heritage in equestrian sport dating back over 100 years, including the Olympic Games in 1912 and 1956, and the World Equestrian Games in the summer of 1990.
Following recent Swedish governmental guidelines, the event can welcome 500 spectators a day. Masks will be mandatory when inside the stadium and spectators must stay in their allocated seats. As per governmental regulations, groups maximum of 4 people may sit together and each group will be at a distance of at least 1 meter from the other groups.
Alongside the main competitions of LGCT and GCL, Stockholm Horse Week will feature a thrilling festival of equestrian sport in close collaboration with the City of Stockholm to develop a sustainable world class event in the city. The concept of Stockholm Horse Week is to inspire, broaden and create a celebration with the people around equestrian sport. In 2021 the focus lies on developing young talent, both horses and riders.
A highlight of the event will be the Lövsta Future Challenge International U25 Jumping, where young talent will have the chance to shine on centre stage. The exciting partnership with Lövsta Future Challenge means the LFC Young Horses Final will also be held at LGCT Stockholm for the first time allowing some of the best young 7-year-old Swedish horses to compete against International stars of the future.
2019 saw ecstatic Swedish fans celebrated a fairytale win for home star Peder Fredricson in the debut LGCT Grand Prix of Stockholm against compatriot Malin Baryard-Johnsson while the power duo of Ben Maher and Emily Moffitt won GCL for the London Knights.
In a nail-biting climax, Fredricson and H&M All In stunned the crowds with a sensational jump off. Following his extraordinary win, Peder said “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. I am really happy we have another great show in Sweden and I am really grateful for this”.