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Peder Fredricson: “We finally have time to be with the family, sit down together and have proper conversations”

Wednesday, 08 April 2020
Interview

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping “When something negative is happening, you have to try to see the positive side of it,” Peder Fredricson says. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

 

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With the showjumping circuit being brought to a halt, Peder Fredricson finds time for the things we tend to forget when we are in a rush. 

“What I appreciate now is that we finally have time to be with the family, sit down together and have proper conversations. Unlike before, we are not always on the go and not always in a rush. When you are in a rush, it is so easy to not prioritise the conversations – you just want to be as efficient as possible,” Peder tells. 

Peder, who is also well-known for his artistic side has finally found time to paint again. “I can’t say that it goes very well,” Peder laughs. “I need a bit time to get back into it, but I have created a logo and some other stuff. I really enjoy it!”

“We try to stay positive!” Peder tells about the forced break. “It is like it is and we have no idea how long it will take before we can resume to normal. Meanwhile, we are working on other projects here at the yard – things that we normally don’t have time for. We are installing new surfaces both indoors and outdoors, going through all the fence material and cleaning out.”

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping The silver medallist from Rio in 2016 thought it was hard to get the message about the postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Peder’s horses are all still in work, but the focus is on the new arrivals and the young ones. “With the older horses we go hacking or work them from the ground. We keep them in good condition, but not in a top condition. As we don’t know how long this will take, we just want to keep them fit and not overdo things. It is a good time to put the focus on our younger horses and some horses we have here to try out – to get to know them and to educate them.”

“When something negative is happening, you have to try to see the positive side of it,” Peder continues. “It can be hard in such a huge catastrophe that we are experiencing right now, which is really difficult to understand, but we have to try to learn from it and look forward. When you are in the middle of your normal life, you just keep on going. Now we all have time for reflection and I’m sure some good new ideas will come out of it. I think it is important to try to stay positive and open minded, to be able to see the new opportunities that will arise. The ones that can see them and are willing to adapt, will be the ones that will come out of this crisis the strongest.”

When it comes to the postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo, Peder has to admit that he felt disappointment. “To hear about the IOC’s decision was difficult. As athletes, we are used to working towards a championship every year – that is the highlight and that the goal of the season. When that is gone, it all feels kind of empty. I was hoping they would be able to host the Olympics as originally planned, but under the current circumstances it was definitely the right decision to postpone,” Peder closes off. 

 

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