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Rolf-Göran Bengtsson "We will start the outdoor season at home"

Monday, 16 March 2020
Interview

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Ermindo W. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

 

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With international and national shows being cancelled worldwide due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, as well as various kinds of restrictions being imposed, life has changed drastically for most of us over the last week. Even more so, for the riders who have been used to showing every weekend – travelling all over the world. World of Showjumping had a talk with the Swedish Olympian Rolf-Göran Bengtsson to find out how he and his team cope with the situation, and what his plan is for the coming weeks.

“You can’t really plan,” Bengtsson points out. “But we will keep all our horses going, so that they will be as well prepared as possible when the shows start running again. It is never a good timing for something like this to happen, but on the other hand, now we will have time enough to be all set for the outdoor season,” Bengtsson says. 

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

“Here, we will put out all our fences and start the outdoor season at home. Maybe we also try to rent another arena to be able to train the young horses somewhere else. Since the horses have been ridden indoors most of the winter, it will give them some new energy to come outside again. As always, we will vary the work and I’m not worried that they will get bored being at home,” Bengtsson smiles. 

“For the rest, everything has been put on hold. We have no clients coming, and we are also not going out to try any horses before everything has settled down and we know more about the situation. We have advised our staff to not take any unnecessary risks and to keep distance to other people. We trust everyone to be responsible in this situation.”

“We have an unexpected and unwanted show break, but we will be ready to go when the shows start running again,” Bengtsson concludes. 

 

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