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Behind the scenes of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 team jump-off

Saturday, 22 September 2018
FEI World Equestrian Games 2018

The 2018 team final at the FEI World Equestrian Games offered a very special treat: Something so rare as a jump-off for the gold medals. USA and Sweden had to battle it out once more, and all riders from both teams had to show the world how capable they are when it comes to speed. We look back at some of the many magic moments behind the scenes: First out Laura Kraut and her fantastic Zeremonie that produced two clears for the winning team yesterday. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. 

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. It was a very nervous wait for Sweden's Chef d'Equipe Henrik Ankarcrona when he watched McLain Ward ride as last to go for USA, and the one that could decide the outcome of the gold and silver medals and if there would be a jump-off or not. When a pole fell for McLain, Henrik started ordering his riders to get back on their horses and prepare for the jump-off.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Malin Baryard-Johnsson making herself ready while watching Sweden's first rider in the jump-off, Henrik von Eckermann, on the big screen.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Devin Ryan and Eddie Blue were first out for the USA, delivering a clear round.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Henrik von Eckermann jumped off Toveks Mary Lou on his way out from the arena to run to the warm-up to support Malin in the last seconds before it was her turn.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Then it was a constant running for Henrik, in 35 degrees heat, to support his team mates.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Zeremonie taking a rest before it was time to deliver again.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Fredrik Jönsson and Henrik watching Adrienne Sternlicht, and going through the last tactics.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. This mare!! What a great job Adrienne Sternlicht and Cristalline have done so far at the championships!

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Fredrik and Cold Play have delivered one impressive round after the other!

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Nick Skelton was there to support Laura, here watching Fredrik's jump-off round.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. A run for Henrik Ankarcrona and Peder Fredricson's groom Malin Henlöv as it was time for Peder Fredricson and Christian K to perform.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Peder has quite some routine from championships by now, but to go in to a jump-off for the team must be something special even for the most experienced riders.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Zermonie seemed to take every opportunity to get a nice scratch.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. McLain Ward was last to go in the jump-off and his groom Lee McKeever was doing his best to help in front of the big screen jumping around, shouting 'Go Clinta', 'Jump Clinta'. And it worked out!

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Congratulations to Lee McKeever and all the other amazing grooms being part of this championships - you are heroes!!

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