Gothenburg Horse Show kicked off today with two international showjumping classes. The first class of the day went to Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and her veteran Checkmate (Contender x Pik Bube II). A lot of the riders used the 1.40 class as an opportunity to give their horses a feel of the arena, and very few of them gave full speed. The 18 year old Checkmate does no longer really need any introduction to the surroundings when he comes to a show, and easily took home the victory with the fastest time of the day. Meredith was followed by Kristaps Neretnieks in second on Conte Bellini (Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro), and Edwina Tops-Alexander on Erenice Horta (Diamant de Semilly x Parco) in third.
The second class - a 1.45 class - went to Ireland's Shane Sweetnam - but it was a partly Swedish win as he rode the Swedish bred Cyklon 1083 (Cardento x Cortus). With 47 riders in it, this was a little bit more of a competitive class than the first. Shane produced a double clear round, and was fast enough in the jump-off to beat France's own speed phenomenon Bosty aboard Castle Forbes Vivaldo van het Costerveld (Clinton x Randel Z) with 0.14 seconds in the jump-off. Third went to home rider Peder Fredricson on H&M Sibon (Sibon W x Baloubet du Rouet), who was only 0.04 seconds behind Bosty.
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