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Highlights from the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ of Gothenburg

Monday, 27 February 2023
CSI5*-W Gothenburg Horse Show 2023

The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2022/2023 Western European League came to an end on Sunday with the 14th and final leg in Gothenburg, Sweden, and it was France's Marc Dilasser and the wonderful Arioto du Gevres that took their first ever World Cup win after a jump-off of four. 

Here, we look back at all the action, as the hunt for the final points needed to qualify for the final in Omaha concluded in Gothenburg. First out, the stylish winners: Marc Dilasser and Arioto du Gevres, who made the demanding course look like a walk in the park. 

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It takes a village... A happy Team Dilasser, finishing off a successful weekend with a victory in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2022/2023 Western European League in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. With the 17 points that Pius Schwizer and Vancouver de Lanlore gained for the runner-up position in Gothenburg, the Swiss rider secured his spot at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2022/2023 Final in Omaha.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Lars Bak Andersen and Ethene delivered two great clear rounds to take the third place in Gothenburg.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Only four horse-and-rider combinations out of the 36 at start qualified for the jump-off. Andreas Schou and Darc de Lux had to settle for the fourth place, after the a-element of this combination fell during the jump-off. With another 13 points gained, Schou finished 8th on the Western European League standings and secured himself a ticket for the final in Omaha.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Many riders came to Gothenburg with the hope to collect the last points needed for the prestigious World Cup Final, but not all succeed. Even though Wilm Vermeir collected six points for his 11th place with DM Jacqmotte - after five faults in the first round - it was not enough to put him within the 18 best of the Western European League.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ In the first round, it was the last line with the golden vertical-vertical combination that saw a pole on the floor time and time again...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ... as did the last oxer just by the in-gate.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Julien Anquetin and Blood Diamond du Pont won Friday's biggest class and ended 5th in Sunday's World Cup after being the fastest pair of the six four-faulters.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Harrie Smolders was on a clear mission; to qualify for the final, and with his 6th place and 11 points he just squeezed himself in for Omaha.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ We are very spoiled with repeated clears from this world class duo - Henrik von Eckermann and King Edward - so it was a big surprise for the audience when they crossed the finish line with eight faults. However, with his 102 points in the Western European League this season, Von Eckermann tops the final standings and is ready for Omaha.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ It was a very pleased Andreas Schou thanking his fantastic Darc de Lux after another great performance.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Irma Karlsson and Chacconu did their first World Cup start this season, finishing in 7th place and best of the hosts.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Wilma Hellström and Cicci BJN showed great form ahead of the final in Omaha, taking 10th place and adding another seven points to their overall score.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Pius Schwizer and Vancouver de Lanlore playing their way through the finish line.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Geir Gulliksen's 17-year-old VDL Groep Quatro for sure deserves a heart.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Full focus from Brazil's Yuri Mansur, one of the riders qualified for the final in Omaha - here with his phenomenal Vitiki.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. It was not Harry Charles and Casquo Blue's day as they finished the first round with eight faults. However, on the overall standings for the Western European league, the British rider finished fourth with his 69 points.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Angelica Augustsson-Zanotelli and the spicy Kalinka van de Nachtegaele jumped to an eight place in Sunday's World Cup.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ So unlucky! After a beautiful round, Great Britain's Scott Brash and Hello Jefferson ran out of luck at the very last fence and had to see a pole fall, leaving them out of the jump-off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Cutting corners... Harrie Smolders and Monaco gave it their all to be among the fastest four-faulters from round one.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Leading the way from start to finish...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. ...Marc Dilasser and Arioto du Gevres, who posted the first clear in round one and went on to be the quickest in the jump-off, taking the win in the 14th and final leg of the Western European league.

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