WoSJ Exclusive; From Kentucky to Normandy | Riders who return
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
WOSJ has taken a closer look at which riders that were competing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky four years ago, and that will be back at the Games in Normandy next week. Spain, Sweden and France have few changes on their teams from 2010. Sergio Alvarez Moya, Pilar Lucrecia Cordon and Manuel Anon will all be back competing for Spain at this year's World Championships. For Sweden Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Peder Fredricson return. Malin Baryard-Johnsson will be reserve this year and Alexander Zetterman (pictured) who was reserve in Kentucky steps on to the Swedish team. Kevin Staut, Penelope Leprevost and Patrice Delaveau will once again be representing France - just like in Kentucky. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Germany and The Netherlands only have one rider each that also was on the team four years ago. Marcus Ehning was on the German team in Kentucky with Plot Blue and will now be in Normandy with Cornado NRW, while Jur Vrieling and VDL Bubalu (pictured) yet again will be on the Dutch team.Eric Lamaze (pictured on Hickstead) is back on the Canadian team - this time with Zigali P S. As is Yann Candele, who in 2010 rode Pitareusa - this time he will compete Showgirl.Abdullah Sharbatly (pictured on Seldana di Campalto), silver medalist from 2010, will be back - this time with Tobalio. Saudi Arabia doesn't have a team this time around, but only two individual riders.
Denis Lynch (pictured) is the only rider being back on the Irish team, while both Scott Brash and Michael Whitaker will represent Great Britain again.
The Ukrainian team also has two riders with the experience from Kentucky - Katharina Offel (pictured on La Bomba) and Cassio Rivetti. Offel, who does her third consecutive Games, will now ride Charlie - while Rivetti will ride Vivant.
Steve Guerdat (pictured) will do the Games again - this time whith his Olympic Champion Nino des Buissonnets. Pius Schwizer is also back on the Swiss team. Australia also has two rider with experience from the World Championships; Edwina Tops-Alexander and James Paterson-Robinson.
Brazil is coming with at strong team where Rodrigo Pessoa, Doda de Miranda and Pedro Veniss (pictured on Amaryllis) return from the team in Kentucky. Pessoa has five World Equestrian Games under the belt, De Miranda four and Veniss one.
Daniel Blumann (pictured) will also be back, and so will riders such as Fabio Brotto, Ibrahim Bisharat, Taizo Sugitani, Faleh Suwead Al Ajami, Ali bin Khaled Al Thani and Cara Frew.
Hungary's Sandor Szasz (pictured on Moosbachhof's Goldwing) will be back for his second Games, he was also in Kentucky.
The experienced championship rider McLain Ward (pictured on Sapphire) will be back on the US team. This will be Ward's third World Championship.
Norwegian rider Geir Gulliksen will do the trop-up in Normandy as well. So will Jos Lansink, Andres Rodrigues, Pablo Barrios, Ömer Karaevli, Ahamd Saber Hamcho, Radovan Sillo, Oliver Lazarus and José Maria Larocca. Click here for the full entry list.