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Peder Fredricson; "This was my biggest win ever!"

Sunday, 01 March 2015
Gothenburg Horse Show 2015

Peder Fredricson in the lap of honor after his biggest win so far. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Peder Fredricson took his biggest win so far when he went to the top in the Grand Prix in Gothenburg. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Peder Fredricson said this about his thoughts when he entered the ring for the jump-off: "I just wanted to keep the pulse low, make short turns and keep the speed fast. H&M All In is that type of a horse that you don't really need to ride so fast because he has a fantastic ability to shorten and lengthen his canter, so I know that I easily can make one stride less or make an extra stride if I want. He is also very careful and brave, so the most important thing for him is to keep as calm as possible and to keep a good rhythm so he can keep his focus on the fences. But he is new on this level so I'm so happy that everything worked out today. "

Peder got the question about how he dared to canter as fast on the long distance to the last fence: "The combination was set as the penultimate fence and then you had to come down, turn straight away and then get the full speed. And then somewhere in front of the fence you need to take a deep breath so that the horse gets the focus on the fence and backs off a little bit so that you can find your distance. It was really good of my horse because even though I went so fast I just straightened myself a little and then he looked at the fence and I knew that he had his focus on the fence and a fair chance to make it."

Peder on the win and on H&M All In: "This is my biggest win, and my first five star win. The horse has all the qualities and I'm so thankful for the owners I have. He is that kind of horse that the whole world is looking for and to have such a horse in the stable is magic. So I'm so thankful to the owners that let me experience this. We bought him from Ludo Philippaerts, and he is an extremely athletic horse. I tried a lot of horses and was almost about to buy another horse, but the first jump I did with him over a small vertical I knew. He is so explosive and quick, but still elastic and has a lot of capacity. That normally doesn't go hand in hand because if they have a lot of capacity they are normally a bit slow and if they are extremely careful they might not have the most quality, but this horse is complete!"

Runner-up Pius Schwizer said this about the jump-off: "Andreas' jump-off was really fast, and I had Peder behind me. The horse I rode (Caretina de Joter) is new to me and has just been in my stable for five weeks, but I had a great feeling and I tried and managed to be slightly faster than Andreas. But then Peder came and showed that the Swedes can ride fast as well, and not just good, and I have to congratulate him on the win."

About the track Pius said: "It wasn't an easy course and it was a lot of faults. I have to compliment the course designer because he has been building very fair courses all three days. He doesn't overdo it and you don't get any crashes and all the tracks are to ride."

Third placed Andreas Schou had this to say about Peder's performance: "I watched Peder's jump-off and it was a fantastic round. I watched it from the warm-up and I knew when he landed after the combination that he was faster than me. My only chance to end second would have been if he had the last fence down, but he didn't. It was just a great jump-off from Peder."

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