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The Longines FEI World Cup Final from A-Z

Thursday, 24 March 2016
2016 Longines FEI World Cup Final

(c) Jenny Abrahamsson

A – is for Ahlmann. Christian Ahlmann has won the World Cup Final once before, back in Leipzig in 2011, and the 2015/2016 indoor season has showed that the German rider is in the form of his life so our guess is he can do it again. During the 2015/2016 indoor season he has taken no less than ten big wins, whereas three were World Cup victories. He's our favorite. Watch out Gothenburg!

B – is for Belgian young guns. Belgium has two of the youngest riders at the finals: Nicola Philippaerts and Jos Verlooy. Nicola is 22, while Jos is 20. Both boys come from showjumping families; Nicola is the son of Ludo Philippaerts (and Olivier's twin brother), and Jos the son of Axel Verlooy. Both Ludo and Axel are former Olympic participants for Belgium.

C – is for Crowds. The crowds in Gothenburg are always amazing, and will give you goose bumps when they start cheering for their favorites. The audience in Scandinavium is simply one of the best in the world, and the create a unique atmosphere that is hard to match.

D – is for Delestre. World no. one Simon Delestre will be one of four French riders competing at the Longines FEI World Cup Final.

E – is for EuroHorse, which is the huge equestrian shopping mall at the Swedish Fair connected with Scandinavium Arena. Make sure to bring your credit cards.

F – is for Flexible. Rich Fellers’ 2012 World Cup Champion is now 20-years-old, but nevertheless he is participating in his 8th World Cup Final.

G – is for Guerdat. Steve Guerdat is the reigning World Cup Champion from the 2015 Final in Las Vegas.

H - is for Hugo Simon. The Austrian legend Hugo Simon was the first rider to claim the World Cup title 37 years ago, and it actually happened in Gothenburg.

I – is for Incontro. One of the many restaurants connected to the Scandinavium Arena. If you like a sky view, then make sure to take the elevators in the Gothia Towers all the way up to Heaven 23 and get a proper city panorama look together with a glass of champagne. Does not get much better. 

J – is for our photographer Jenny Abrahamsson who will be catching up on all the action in Gothenburg for World of Showjumping, from behind her camera.

K – is for Krieg. Germany's Niklas Krieg was the youngest World Cup winner in the Western European League this season at only 22, going to the top in the Leipzig-qualifier with Carella and eventually qualifying for the final.

L – is for Liseberg, one of the most famous amusement parks in Europe situated right across the street from Scandinavium. Unfortunately, it does not open until May. A small comfort might be the Longines merry-go-round outside the arena though. 

M – is for Missing: Scott Brash, Kent Farrington, McLain Ward and Beezie Madden are just some of the big names missing from the Longines FEI World Cup Final this year. 

N – is for NK, a luxury department store in Gothenburg. If you want some high-end shopping, and not only horses – this is the place. 

O – is for Official Visitor Guide. If you need more (serious) advice on what to do during your stay in Gothenburg, click here.

P – is for Penelope. The world’s leading lady rider was Vice Champion at last year’s final, and is yet again among the participants with Vagabond de la Pomme.

Q – is for Quick Guide. If you need more information about the final than this A-Z, click into our Quick Guide for the Longines FEI World Cup Final here

R – is for Ramlösa. If you need to cool down with a drink, make sure to try this Swedish sparkling water – it is delicious and comes with lots of different flavours. 

S – is for Shrimp Sandwich King Size! If you eat only one thing while you are in Gothenburg, this needs to be it. The King Size Shrimp Sandwich at Gothia Towers is the real deal!

T – is for TV. If you can not be there yourself, tune in to FEI TV for live streaming from the World Cup.

U – is for Upper House SPA. If you want to unwind a little, take the elevator up to Gothia Tower's Upper House SPA. They have amazing treatments, already tried and tested by the WoSJ team.

V – is for Volvo Museum. If you (or your non-equestrian travel companion) need a different kind of horse power, take a trip to Gothenburg’s Volvo Museum.

W – is for World Cup participants: 36 in total.

X, Y, Z is impossible – in Scandinavia we stick with Æ, Ø/Ö, Å/Ä. 

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