Balham Mist off to a good start at Burghley

Balham Mist completed his dressage late this morning and did a very good test with plenty of promising bits landing them on a score of 52 for 16th overnight. 

Cross country starts on Saturday at 11.00, stay updated with the action with live results here, updates on Burghleys website here and livestream on Facebook here.

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Balham Mist accepted at Burghley

Balham Mist was accepted at the first horse inspection at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trails, and will do his dressage test tomorrow at 12.36 BST. This is “Misty’s” first CCI****, so a very exciting weekend ahead! 

Keep updated with results here, on Burghley’s website and follow it live on Facebook.  

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Team Bronze and Individual 15th at Europeans

Ludwig and Paramount Importance jumped a beautiful round in the final show jumping with just an unfortunate misunderstanding for one fence down. The show jumping was big and technical and caused plenty of problems, so this result only dropped them one place to finish 15 individually.

The Swedish team therefore, together with Sara Algotsson Ostholt, Louise Svensson Jähde and Niklas Lindbäck, maintained their bronze medal position!

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Paramount Importance ready to jump

Ludwig and Paramount Importance was accepted in the final horse inspection and will show jump in this afternoon’s final.

All Swedish horses was accepted, which leaves Sweden as the sole nation with 6 horses in the Championships and the team remains in Bronze medal position. Ludwig has climbed one place individually to 14th after a withdrawal. 

Keep up to date on Strzegom’s website here, Live Individual Leaderboard here and Live Team Standings here.
The cross country is broadcasted live on FEITV (paid service), in Sweden on SVT1, svtsport.se and SVT Play, and in the UK on BBC (Red Button: 10.30-11.45am and 1.30-2.40pm and BBC2 4.45-6.50pm BST).

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Sweden in Team Bronze overnight

A fantastic cross country day at the European Championships at Strzegom saw Ludwig and his fellow Swedes climb the leaderboard to individual 15th and team Bronze overnight.

Ludwig and Paramount Importance delivered when it really mattered on a testing course that had caused a lot of problems all the way around for the riders earlier in the day. Ludwig piloted “Louis” beautifully to finish with only 4.8 time penalties. This, together with good rounds from team mates Sara Algotsson Ostholt, Louise Svensson Jädhe and Niklas Lindbäck put Sweden in bronze medal position overnight, only 5.5 penalties behind Germany and 14.6 penalties behind Great Britain.

The final day off the Championships starts tomorrow at 9.00am with the Final Horse Inspection and first part of the show jumping at 11.00am-12.45pm to conclude with the final at 2.15pm.

Keep up to date on Strzegom’s website here, Live Individual Leaderboard here and Live Team Standings here.

The cross country is broadcasted live on FEITV (paid service), in Sweden on SVT1, svtsport.se and SVT Play, and in the UK on BBC (Red Button: 10.30-11.45am and 1.30-2.40pm and BBC2 4.45-6.50pm BST).

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Beautiful test from Ludwig and Louis

Ludwig and Paramount Importance did a stunning dressage test that was trending in the low 30’s during the two work. Unfortunate a couple of mistakes dropped the final score but is very promising indicator for their future. Click here to watch the test again.

They sit just outside the top 20 at the end of the dressage, and Sweden is just outside bronze position in 4th, with only 5.1 penalties between Silver and 4th.

Check out what Ludwig had to say after dressage below:

 

The cross country track is beautifully presented but a serious test. Ludwig will start at 14.48 local time.

Keep up to date on Strzegom’s website here, Live Individual Leaderboard here and Live Team Standings here.

The cross country is broadcasted live on FEITV (paid service), in Sweden on SVT1, svtsport.se and SVT Play, and in the UK on BBC (Red Button: 10.30am-2.30pm
BBC Sport website and via internet enabled televisions: 10.30am-3.30pm).

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Ready to start at Europeans

Ludwig and Paramount Importance have both arrived at the European Championships in Strzegom, Poland and settled in well. The competition started this afternoon with the first Horse Inspection, which saw all horses accepted.

Ludwig has been selected to ride as the 3rd rider for the Swedish team.

Keep updated on Strzegom’s website here, Live Individual Leaderboard here and Live Team Standings here.

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Expanding our team

With an expanding yard we’re looking for someone to join our fun, young working team with accommodation on site provided. We’ve got 16 horses and work 6 days a week, with main responsibilities including Yard Duties and some exercising of the horses. There could also the opportunity to groom at competitions for the right candidate.

We’d love to see the following qualities in applying candidates

  • Easy going and positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Enjoying getting to know our horses and the eventing community
  • Love being a part of a team
  • Has an excellent eye for details

And the following requirements

  • Previous experience handling and riding young horses and fit competition horses
  • Over 18 years old
  • Drivers Licence
  • Can stay with us until the end of the season minimum
  • Be able to start ASAP
  • HGV license a bonus but not a requirement

Now the boring stuff:

This is a long-term position and commitment is needed until at least the end of the season is required.

We regret that we can’t accommodate for your own horse.

As we’re in a rural location, candidates are recommended to bring their own cars.

It’s a brilliant opportunity to learn how a top yard operates and work with a team of quality elite horses.

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to

Ludwig on svennerstaleventing@gmail.com

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El Kazir finishes 3rd at Hartpury CIC***

A very strong performance from El Kazir this weekend saw him and Ludwig finish 3rd in the competitive CIC*** class at NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials. A good dressage test but some unfortunate mistakes placed them just outside the top 10 overnight, and a clear show jumping and cross country, with one of the fastest times of the day shot them up the leaderboard to eventual 3rd.

This was only Ludwig and “Elk’s” 3rd competition together so it is a very exciting partnership in the making. Ludwig has now 4 international podium finishes in 3 consecutive weeks!

Check out their show jumping round below:

 

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Podium finish for Balham Mist at Gatcombe

A fantastic weekend at Gatcombe saw Ludwig and Andrew Ayres’s Balham Mist finish on the Event Rider Masters podium in 2nd, and thereby becoming the British Open reserve champion.

“Misty” got off to a great start with a 48.6 dressage, a new personal best at this level. A particularly tough show jumping followed, where Ludwig and Misty were one of only three combinations in the field to jump clear inside the time allowed. One of the fastest clears across the country placed them in eventual second.

Apart from the glory of this fantastic result, Ludwig also won the Land Rover trophy for best placed overseas rider and Balham Mist won the Worshipful Company of Saddler’s award for youngest horse placed in the top 10 in the Open Championships.

Check out the videos of Ludwig and Misty below:

 

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A win and 2nd at Burgham!

A fantastic weekend at Burgham saw Ewa Kroon & Skånegårdar AB’s Fialotta winning her first ever international. She finished on her dressage score of 38.8 for the CIC* win.

El Kazir was not far behind, finishing 2nd in the CIC** on his dressage score of 46.2. This was only Ludwig and Elk’s second competition together and hopefully an indication of their success to come.

Paramount Importance had his last international run ahead of the European Championships and did a great competition and feels in great form.

 

Check out these cool videos of him cross country:

 

 

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LUDWIG AND LOUIS SELECTED FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ludwig is delighted to have been selected with Paramount Importance to represent Sweden as a team member at the European Championships in Strzegom in August!

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Paramount Importance placed at Bramham

Paramount Importance, “Louis” was fantastic in all three phases scoring 46 in the dressage and adding only 8 time penalties from the extremely tough and testing cross country, which only saw just over half of the starters cross the finish line. On the final day a slight miscommunication led to two poles down, dropping Louis from 5th to eventual 14th. Louis is now qualified for the European Championships and CCI****!

Ewa Magnusson Kroon’s Stinger was extremely impressive this weekend, having only started one CIC*** beforehand and never seen such a tough course before. He scored 50.4 in the dressage after some mistakes and was absolutely flying across the country, en route to a spectacular round, when a skinny triple brush caught him out towards the end of the course but he still finished as one of the fastest. On the final day he was a bit tired and had a very unfortunate couple of rails, but we are still so excited of whats to come from this horse with bit more experience!

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Two placings at Houghton Hall Nations Cup CICO***

Stinger and Paramount Importance showed their class both finishing in the prize money at Houghton Hall Nations Cup CICO***. Ewa Magnusson Kroon’s Stinger was incredible to finish 12th in his first try at this level, and Paramount Importance finished 22nd in a field of 85.

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Great weekend at Ballindenisk!

Super weekend at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials in Ireland with Balham Mist, Stinger and Box Leo. Andrew Ayres’ Balham Mist finished 6th in the CCI***, adding just 2.4 time penalties across country and had one fence down and 4 time penalties in the show jumping on the final day. He finished 6th and is now qualified for both the European Championships later year and CCI****!

Ewa Magnusson Kroon’s Stinger went super all weekend to claim second in the CCI**. He added nothing to his dressage score of 46.7 and will now step up to 3*.

Terese and Regina Örup’s Box Leo finished best of the bunch by winning his very first CIC**! He added nothing to his dressage score of 45.3 and showed just what an exciting horse he is for the future!

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Burgham Horse Trials cancelled from the lead

Stinger led the dressage in the CIC** and Paramount Importance was 4th after dressage in the CIC*** but heavy rainfall gave the organisers no option but to cancel. Obviously gutting but very kind of them to let us practice the show jumping.

Check out Stingers 3* show jumping round here:

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Aspe sold to Ireland

“It’s with mixed feelings that I’m announcing that I have sold my Olympic horse Aspe. She has been such a great horse for me, a heart of gold and a mind of a lion. She always gave me everything, to gallop clear around the though Olympic cross country only 8 years old really shows her talents and heart. She will be very well missed in our yard, not just as a very competitive horse but also a friend. I am very sure that the new rider Michelle Kenny will do an excellent job with her and give her the love and care she deserves.” We wish them all the best.

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Welcome Zick Zack!

We are so excited to welcome the super talented Zick Zack to the UK! Ludwig has partnered up with her owner and producer Olympic dressage rider Mads Hendeliowitz of Segersta Equestrian to campaign her towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in eventing, and we can’t wait to get started!

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R.I.P. Thelma 1996-2017

Ludwig’s Junior and Young Rider European Championships partner passed away today, 21 years old. We owe her a great deal and will always look back at memories we shared with fondness. R.I.P.

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Ludwig on 2017 A-Squad

Ludwig has been selected on the Swedish 2017 A-Squad. We look forward to an exciting season!

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King Bob retires

It’s with mixed feelings that I’ve decided to retire King Bob aka #bobthecob! We had so many great moments, among them winning the Nations Cup in Strzegom, 8th at Burghley and 11th at Luhmühlen. He will be stay with us, playing with the young horses in the field and enjoying his retirement like the king he is.

Check out my head camera on board Bob on his way to 8th at Burghley CCI**** back in 2013 here:

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Stockholm International Horse Show

Ewa Magnusson Kroon’s Stinger was absolutely flying round the indoor cross country at SIHS for the fastest round by 2 seconds! Sadly a rail dropped us to 4th but thanks to everyone who was there and cheered us on! Stay tuned on social media this weekend for signings and meet and greets with my sponsors.

Check out Stinger’s round here:

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New sponsor

We are delighted to have partnered up with Duxiana! Check out their awesome products on their website, I’ve never slept this well before!

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Paramount Importance placed at Blenheim

“Louis” did a super job at the 8 and 9 year old championships at Blenheim, adding only 1.6 time penalties to his dressage score to finish 11th. I am very excited about his future!

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Two wins at Wellington

Great day at Wellington with Win and Love winning the Advanced, Paramount Importance winning the Intermediate and Balham Mist placing fourth in the 8/9yo Advanced!

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Two 5th’s at Bicton

Good day at Bicton with Win and Love claiming 5th in the CIC** and new ride Stinger 5th in the CIC* at Bicton. Stinger is owned and bred by Ewa Magnusson Kroon/Skånegårdar AB and came back to my base at Badgerstown after Falsterbo. I am very excited about this horse and thank Ewa for the support and faith in letting me ride him.

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Aspe and Ludwig finishes best of the Swedes

Aspe was still full of energy in the final show jumping and had a very unfortunate two rails. It has been a great experience being here for both of us, and I am so grateful to my super little horse, the whole team here and at home as well as my owners and sponsors supporting me on this journey. We will now travel home to regroup and make a plan on how to achieve better results in Tokyo in 4 years time!

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Vet check: passed

Aspe looks fantastic after yesterday’s tough cross country, huge thanks to supergroom Izzy for looking after her like the princess she is!

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Clear cross country!

Wow, Aspe showed the world today what a class horse she is! At 8 years old to jump clear around such a tricky course is just incredible and I am so proud of her.

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Dressage done

Disappointed with our dressage today as we made some unnecessary mistakes towards the end of the test which dropped the score to 51. Plenty to jump tomorrow so now all focus is on the cross country.

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Vet check: passed

Let the Games begin!

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First course walk…

..and we will have a true Championship track to jump on Monday! Very twisty and technical with many combinations, so the time will likely be hard to get as well but we feel ready and can’t wait for the competition to start now.

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Aspe fighting fit!

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Team Sweden

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Rio here I come!

Can’t wait to catch up with Aspe tomorrow..!

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Aspe has boarded..

..her flight to Rio and the Olympics!

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LUDWIG AND ASPE SELECTED FOR RIO

Fantastic news in today that Ludwig and Aspe have been selected to represent Sweden at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro! Just under a month until kick-off!

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Second in Falsterbo Hunting with catch ride

Ludwig finished 2nd in the Falsterbo Hunting with catch ride Stinger, whose owner Ewa Magnusson Kroon/Skånegårdar AB kindly let him borrow. Keep an eye on social media this week for signings and meet and greets!

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New sponsor

We are delighted to join Team Nocco! Check out their awesome products on nocco.se.

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King Bob WINS Strzegom Nations Cup CICO***

What an incredible week at Strezgom! King Bob showed his absolute class in all three phases by setting a new personal best in the dressage of 40.5 and was then one of only three horses to finish on his dressage score to clinch the win ahead of current World #1, Olympic and European Champion Michael Jung. Young Aspe also showed great class to be placed 10th.

This was both horses final run before selection for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which will be announced after Aachen in July.

Check out Bob’s winning show jumping round here:

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Box Leo 5th at Houghton Hall

Terese and Regina Örup’s Box Leo was brilliant all week at his first CCI* at Houghton Hall. He got off to a great start, scoring 44.4 in dressage and then sailed through the competition to finish on his dressage score for eventual 5th in a huge field of 76 starters. This results would be impressive for any horse, but even more so for a 6 year old, in only his second ever international. We look forward to an exciting future with this horse and his lovely owners!

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Aspe qualified for the Olympics

Aspe did a great job stepping up to CCI*** at Saumur, France, this weekend. She got off to a good start with a  dressage of 48.5, and then jumped a very impressive clear round the tough and very technical cross country track, adding only time penalties. On the final day she came out very fresh and  jumped beautifully, but a mistake coming into one of the combinations cost us a top placing with two rails down. She is however now qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro!

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Another win in Chatsworth

This time it was Silver Skymaster (Simon) who should the rest of the stable how it should be done winning his very first international 1* although Box Leo wasn’t far behind with his 3rd placing. We are so very proud of both Simon and Leo and can’t wait to see what they’ll bring in the future. A new hashtag has emerged from Simon’s adventures #SimonTheSnoozer as we rarely see him with his eyes open! Incredibly fresh and on the ball whilst under the saddle, he prefers the Ferdinand approach for the rest of his day.

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Leo is bred and owned by a Swedish family and was 2nd at both 4 and 5 years old Breeders Trophy back home so we are a little bit extra excited about his future. We’re now matching him towards the Young Horse World Championships for 6 year olds in Le Lion later this year.

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Ballendenisk Nations Cup

Chunkie (Southway) did an absolutely brilliant performance to finish 5th in the Nations Cup class in what can only be described as a very competitive field. Lots of extra carrots for him today!

Simon did his first ever CIC1* and was 7th with his older whiter version Louis was 3rd in the CIC2* so all in all  a very good weekend.

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Master Ping wins CIC2* Belton

Ping pulled off a stellar performance winning the highly contested CIC2* in Belton despite seeing four seasons in one day including hail and snow. The snow caught everyone a bit by surprise and some classes had to be cancelled, luckily the 2* still went ahead as we had both Ping and Franzipan in the class. Madame Fran ended up 6th in her first international run of the year and we’ll probably run her next in Houghton’s 3*.

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New sponsor

We are delighted to announce that Ludwig is now part of the NAF family as part of their International Rider Programme.

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Brilliant week at Burnham Market IHT

Burnham Market International Horse Trials saw all horses placed in the international classes and Silver Skymaster come in on 10th place in the Novice. We’re so pleased with them all as it’s the first show of the season, and also the first time Ludwig run all 5 except for Anna (Aspe) that we’ve had since 2014. What a great start to the season!

Final results

  • Master Ping CIC2* 2nd
  • Paramount Importance CIC2* 13th
  • Southway CIC3* 14th
  • Aspe CIC3* 15th
  • Silver Skymaster Novice 10th

Photo by Tim Wilkinson ©

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New sponsor

We’re delighted to announce that Ludwig is now sponsored by the amazing Swedish brand, PS of Sweden. Their anatomic bridles and leather products are second to none when it comes to design innovation and quality. After only a couple of days trialling the products, Ludwig has already seen a big improvement from his horses. We are beyond delighted to work with the amazing team at PS and are very much looking forward to a great future together.

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Ludwig’s bloopers on H&C TV

Bloopers from Horse and Country TV‘s Masterclass Extra with Ludwig. The full episode will be available to download exclusively on H&C Play from 23 November, don’t miss out!

 

 

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Withdrawing Franzipan from EUCH

Press Release

Olympic and Swedish team rider Ludwig Svennerstal withdraws his horse Franzipan from the European Championships in Blair Castle 2015.

Blair Castle, Scotland – September 10, 2015

Ludwig Svennerstal announces his withdrawal from the European Championships in Scottish Blair Castle today, September 10, 2015, out of respect for his horse’s welfare, that remains the first priority in all instances.

Svennerstal said, “It is with great sadness and grief that I announce that I’ve decided to withdraw my horse, Franzipan, from the European Championship as she is not 100% right. It has come to a great disappointment following an incredible pre-camp where she really performed well.”

“It was during Wednesday that we noticed that she didn’t trot  so well on the concrete. The more she moved the better she became, but upon trotting on a hard surface cold from the stable she is not 100% right. She passed the trot up following the holding box inspection as the veterinary could not find anything wrong with her,” he continued.

Franzipan is always a bit stiff in her own, but at this level, one is not taking any chances. Thus, all of Thursday was spent with the Swedish and local veterinary team trying to figure out what the cause. There are no signs of lameness showing when palpating and investigating the leg, neither X-rays nor scans have determined the issue.

“Nevertheless, we have decided to withdraw Franzipan as it is not fair for her to compete in at this level if not in top shape, and we put the welfare of our horses first in any circumstances. She will now travel home for further investigation. We are hoping that there is a minor problem and that she can be back at shows soon. I wish the very best of luck to my Swedish team-mates and I will be keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that they can deliver a good enough result to bring us to Rio,” Svennerstal ends.

 

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Ludwig to host clinic

On the 30th September Ludwig will be hosting a showjumping clinic at the Berkshire College of Agriculture.

All levels are welcome, groups max 4 and 1hrs slots for £40 per rider, private sessions available upon request.

For enquiries and bookings: svennerstalclinics@gmail.com

For directions – www.bca.ac.uk

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Ludwig and King Bob’s helmet camera from Aachen 2015

Check out Ludwig and King Bob’s cross country ride on his Facebook page

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Ludwig and Franzipan to the Europeans

Olympic Eventing rider Ludwig Svennerstål has been selected to represent the Swedish Championship team at the European Championship in Blair Castle, Scotland, September 10-13th, 2015. 

Badgerstown, United Kingdom – August 15, 2015

Svennerstål has been selected to represent the Swedish eventing team together with Sara Algotsson Ostholt with Reality 39, Johan Lundin with Johnny Cash, Niklas Lindbäck with Cendrillon, Anna Nilsson with Luron and Louise Svensson Jähde with Viva.

Svennerstål about the selection: “I’m very excited to have been selected and I’m very much looking forward to represent Sweden at the European Championships, and to help get an Olympic Qualifier.”

“I will be riding my other horse Franzipan, as sadly King Bob sustained a minor sprain in Aachen, which is a real shame as I would have liked to bring him to Blair. But of course, his well being is the main priority and we have therefore taken the decision not to start him. However, I’m confident that Franzipan will do her utmost best, as even though she doesn’t have a lot of experience at this level, she really rose to the occasion in the Chatsworth 3* where it was over 80 entrants and in the highly contested Bramham 3* too. I’m confident that we will be able to give a good performance,” he adds.

Before arriving at Svennerstål’s, Franzipan has been ridden and competed at amateur level and she’s seven eights Irish thoroughbred.  

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Aachen Nations Cup update

The Nations Cup in Aachen is over for this time and we didn’t quite achieve what we had set out to do. This Nations Cup was the event where we were going to show the other nations that we were ready for medals in Blair Castle and the European Championships in September, and to better our Silver from the last European to a Gold. Albeit on the contrary, we got ourselves a good wake up call and lots of homework to do ahead of the championship.

I need to focus on betting my dressage as this time we had lots of little mistakes which turns out very costly. The trot work was fine but I didn’t quite get the quality in the canter I would have liked, and Bob took a few double steps in the walk, so overall we ended up way further down the list that anticipated.

Since I started training for Maria Gretzer the showjumping has really improved my technique and overall feel so I was very pleased with our clear and inside the time jumping.

The cross country is normally the element where Bob really shows what a trooper he is! But this time he got a little hot, and when he does he becomes rather tricky to ride and everything just takes a little too long time as we don’t get that perfectly smooth feeling you need. So we got 8 time faults which are annoying as I know that he can be quicker, and you’d think that a sixteen years old gelding would know better than become hot-headed by now..! But it’s also what I love about him. He sure ain’t no Cob when it comes to the terrain…

Obviously I would have liked to end up top 10, and as a competitor you always want to improve your achievements but overall, I’m pleased with Bob and our performance. It was a good run through with Aachen as I know now exactly what I need to improve on and this is what we will focus on ahead of the Europeans as we need to gain an Olympic qualifier for the team there. After my visit there last week, there’s only one thing on my mind, team Sweden needs to get there, it’s going to be such a cool Olympics and there’s no way that we’re going to miss out on it.

 

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Team Svennerstål is looking for a new head girl/boy

Ludwig is looking for a new ”Head girl/boy” to join his team at Badgerstown (near Swindon, Wilts, UK). The role consists of being in sole charge of the stables and to make sure everything works well, with the horses well-being kept to the highest possible standard. Due to other commitments Ludwig is away in periods and it is therefore of great importance that the person is proactive, loyal and dedicated to the horses, as well as being able to hack and lunge. You will also groom at shows.

Competitive salary for the right person 6 days a week

Duties:

  • All general yard duties incl. mucking out, feeding, grooming etc.
  • Arranging farriers, vets, feeds orders, physio etc.
  • Travelling to and grooming at competitions
  • Hacking and lunging

Character/ experience:

  • Previous grooming/riding experience is essential and must be backed by strong references
  • Hard working, dedicated, proactive and focused.
  • Normal driving license is essential and a HGV license is a plus

 This is the ideal job for someone who wants to groom at the biggest competitions for one of the most talented young riders in the world. We currently have an exciting 6- horse string ranging from youngsters up to 4* level. You will be a part of a team that is working towards the Rio 2016 Olympics as well as other major competitions. Ludwig Svennerstal’s yard is a part of Badgerstown, which had a fantastic and busy atmosphere as it is home to 4* riders Sir Mark Todd and Tom McEwen and their teams.

Accommodation is available onsite. Own horse not preferred.

The Application deadline is the 10th of August. Interviews will be made during this time and there is a possibility of the position being filled before the deadline. The job starts the 14th of September.

If interested please send a covering letter and a CV to svennerstaleventing@gmail.com or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Ludwig on 00447803795755

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Ludwig to attend the test event in Rio

Ludwig will join Swedish Chef d’Equipe Staffan Lidbeck, the Swedish Equestrian Federation  Head of Sports, Wiveka Lundh, and the Swedish Olympic Committee representative Carina Skoog to attend the test event in Rio de Janerio on the 6th August 2015, for the coming Olympic Games in 2016.

The visit is scheduled the day after the 1 year countdown will start and together with the Swedish delegates, Ludwig is there to have look at the area and get a feel the climate in Deodoro, where the Eventing Games will be held. If you’re keen to know more, keep and eye out as Ludwig will be blogging from the test event.

Ludwig said to the Swedish magazine Hippson.se, “It feels great to travel out there to see the course, even though all the fences won’t be there, we can still get an understanding for the landscape. I don’t necessarily need to ride the course to get a feeling for it.”

“Another thing that will be good to get a feel for it the climate in order to see if there’s something that we need to prepare our horses for. Technically, when we compete it is winter in Rio, and temperatures should be equivalent to Swedish summer climate so hypothetically, it should not be a problem but it will be good to get a true feel for it,” he continues.

To read further in Swedish please click here

 

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Ludwig selected for Aachen Nations Cup

We’re are delighted to announce that Ludwig has been selected to represent Sweden in the CICO 3* Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany on the 11-14th August 2015 where he will be riding King Bob. He will be joined by team-mates Sara Algotsson Ostholt, Louise Svensson Jähde and Johan Lundin. The competition is seen as the warm-up for the European Championships in Blair Castle (GBR) 10-13th September 2015.

Swedish Chef d’Equipe, Staffan Lidbeck, has declared that the Swedish Championship team will be announced the week after Aachen.

More information in Swedish click here and to see the Aachen course click here

 

 

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Alexander sold to Belgium

Ludwig and the team have taken the difficult decision to sell his Olympic reserve and Badminton horse, Alexander.

Alexander has competed in the Young Horse World Championships both in Showjumping and Eventing, as well represented Sweden in various Nations Cups, got 8th at the world’s most prestigious eventing competition Badminton, and proven an astonishing track record in their his years of eventing.

Ludwig about his favourite horse: “Alexander has been a long time favourite of mine because of his talent and amazing attitude to work. He’s been a part of the family since he was born as he was bred by my father’s cousin Nils Larsson, before coming to us as a 3 years old. He’s always been one of those cheeky ones but with a load of talent that just doesn’t go unnoticed.

The decision to sell him is one of the most though decisions of my life, but after long discussions, we have decided to sell to fund the development of new world class eventing horses. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish his new Belgian owners the very best of luck on their journey with Alexander towards the Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 2016, and we hope to see them there.”

On the long list for the next Summer Olympic Games in Rio, are another two horses that Ludwig has trained and competed up to Elite level, Shamwari with Boyd Martin (USA) and Tempranillo with Chris Burton (Australia) which is something the whole team are very proud of.

The history of world-class talent Alexander

Alexander was successfully competed in showjumping under Swedish rider and Ludwig’s trainer at the time, Tobias Gronberg, who took Alexander all the way to the Young Horse World Championships. Ludwig took over the ride when Alexander was 6 and continued his showjumping career into the Scandinavian Open. Upon Ludwig’s move to the United Kingdom, Alexander was re-schooled into an eventing horse after showing all the qualities required for a world-class eventing horse.

Alexander’s first season was astonishing. He won a two star eventing competition and participated in another Young Horse World Championships, albeit now in Eventing. Deservingly, he was awarded Horse of the Future at the Swedish Equestrian Awards.

Only one year into his first year of eventing, Ludwig brought him on to an almost unique accomplishment as they were placed 5th at Chatsworth CIC *** and placed in the Boekelo CCI***, followed by placings in the Nations Cup and being selected as Olympic reserve for Ludwig’s other Olympic horse Shamwari, due to his young age.

Alexander has continued on his incredible eventing career with various placings at top eventing competitions, but the most memorable one was when Ludwig and Alexander secured the 8th position at Badminton, the most prestigious eventing competition in the world.

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Oscar Jacobson

Oscar Jacobson, the Swedish high end men’s fashion company,dressed Ludwig
for Badminton this year. Oscar Jacobson produces quality men’s clothing and
their design philosophy is based three key elements: Anglo-Saxon textile
heritage, Italian tailoring and Scandinavian simplicity. ‘I am very proud
that I got to show off Oscar Jacobson’s latest collection at such a
prestigious event’ says Ludwig.

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The run up to Badminton

Badminton is fast approaching with only 10 days left to prepare.  So far the run up to Badminton has been well planned and looks promising.  The serious preparation began at Gatcombe Horse Trials with King Bob and Alexander feeling very fresh, despite this they both performed to a good standard.

Next on the list was Belton Horse Trials where the horses both competed in the 3*.  Alexander delivered a good standard of dressage with some minor mistakes, he then showed pure talent in the show jumping phase.  Followed up by an exciting cross country round and finally finishing in 9th place.  A very fresh King bob had a average dressage test and excelled during his cross country round.  An unlucky pole in the show jumping left King Bob out of the prizes.

After a good run at Gatcombe and Belton I wanted to work on the dressage performance of both horses, therefore, made the decision to take both horses to Burnham Market where they competed in the dressage phase only.  The method behind this was to keep both horses calm during this competition in hopes for  outstanding performances at Badminton.  Alexanders quality of dressage test was much improved from previous competition, King Bob felt slightly tense during his test but the standard was good.  My lovely 5yr old Salunette provoked the most excitement during this competition.  Salunette was entered in the BE100 and this was her first ever event,  Her dressage score of 32 was the top mark in the dressage phase and a double clear showed her promise as a nice event horse.  A few time faults were picked up during the cross country phase as a result of going steady around her first event.  Congratulations go to my sister, Ellen, on her horse Southway for picking up 6th place in the 3*.  Burnham Market was a productive show for myself and all of my horses and the excitement for badminton really set in with King bob and Alexander improving in their dressage phase.  Yesterday the horses were cantered and were on good form,  the hardest part of the Badminton preparations have begun and I am very hopeful for a good performance on both my horses.  Thankfully I got a good draw this year, Alexander is no.23  and King bob is no.103.  The draw as well as rider profiles can be found here:  http://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/index.php/horses-riders/.

I Hope everyone has seen the new cross country course for Badminton this year.  Giuseppe Della Chiesa has designed a course that looks challenging in places and it is good to see that he has kept classic touch.  I am anxious to see how my horses cope around the course and so thrilled to have two rides around it.  If you have not seen the course,  be sure to have a look  http://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/index.php/2014-cross-country-course-unveiled/.  Cross Country day is sure to be exciting viewing for everyone.

Thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me in the run up to Badminton.  It means a lot to me and I hope for great success this year.

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World Childhood Foundation

Ludwig is engaging himself in the World Childhood Foundation – founded in 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. A global organization, working for children´s rights to a safe and happy childhood. Childhood supports projects working with children at risk of abuse and exploitation, currently in 17 countries.

“We all have a responsibility to support those in need, and for me, children at risk of abuse lies close at heart”, says Ludwig. “My support of the World Childhood Foundation will be by donating a percentage of  my prize money winnings, but I also to get involved in specific fund raising activities.”

“We are grateful to Ludwig for his initiative to support our work for children at risk”,comments Anna Hårleman de Geer Secretary General.

 

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Moving all his horses to Sir Mark Todd!

Ludwig is moving his string of 6 horses to Mark Todd at Badgers Town, at the end of January. This includes his top horses King Bob and Alexander aimed at Badminton in May.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity of training side by side with one of the world´s best event rider through all times”, says Ludwig.

“It will be very inspiring, and give me a chance to be in a professional environment with great facilities  ”, continues Ludwig, who is hoping for a medal at the World Equestrian Games in August.

As Ludwig is reorganizing his stable with horses and is hoping to replace Shamwari with a younger horse, with Rio de Janeiro 2016 in mind, he fells excited about the future.

The location of Badgers town is ideal as it is close to many events and to the M4 which makes it easy to communicate to the rest of England and Europe.

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Shamwari sold to USA

Shamwari has now left my yard to join top international rider Boyd Martin, in the US. It was a very difficult and emotional decision to sell Shamwari, as he is a horse that made many of my dreams come true. I was very happy when Boyd showed an interest for him as I really respect him as a rider and a person and I’m sure he will take great care of Shamwari. With Shamwari, I won a Team Silver at the European Championships in Sweden last summer as well as a fourth Team and 20th individual placing at the Olympic Games in London 2012. Together we got several placings in *** around Europe among them my first placing in *** in Burnham Market 2011 where we finished 2nd. I am selling Shamwari as my father have been investing in a lot of great horses of which I had the pleasure to produce to *** or ****. The idea was and always is to produce these horses and sell them at a good age when they have reached top level. We are now looking to invest in the next generation of horses to produce.

”Thanks Shamwari for all the awesome moments and you will truly be missed!”

Ludwig

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Swedish TV interviews Ludwig at Stockholm Horse Show

During Stockholm International Horse show, Swedish television took the opportunity of interviewing Ludwig who attended the show together with his European Silver Medal Team mates.

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Swedish Event Champion 2013

Ludwig won two prizes at the Swedish Equestrian Federations Annual dinner at Berns in Stockholm, by winning the “Swedish Champions Award” and the “Best Equestrian Team” prize for the European Silver Medal in Malmö in Eventing. He was also very honoured to be the prize giver of “Tomorrow´s Stars”. It was a truly great evening enjoyed amongst friends, family and supporters.

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Winner Rising Star Award 2013

Ludwig won the Shearwater Event Riders Association´s (ERA) “Rising Star Award 2013” at their annual ball which was decided by a panel of Eventing luminaries who were consulted by ERA, and who unanimously agreed that Ludwig was the up

and coming rider who impressed them the most on the International stage in 2013. Ludwig describes this as the most prestigious prize he has ever won, and incredible to get this public acknowledgement.

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Radio interview Chris Stafford

British-based Swedish eventer Ludwig Svennerstal has risen to prominence over the past few years as he graduated through the Junior and Young Rider ranks to become an Olympian last year. He has a group of four-star horses now that put this ambitious young man in a good a position to make the squad for next year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandie and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Listen to the interview

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World Ranking 10 for the first time

In the latest HSBC World ranking Ludwig Svennerstål of Sweden finds himself in the top ten of the HSBC ranking, for the first time ever. In the latest ranking he holds down 10th position which of course also makes him the leading man of Scandinavian Eventing and probably the youngest person ever to enter the top ten on the world ranking. It was a great satisfaction for Ludwig to succeed with this milestone and dream he had since a young age.

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Disappointing fall in Pau

Ludwig entered the French 4 star competition at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4*, lying in 11th place after a dressage score of 45,7 before going into the cross country phase. They had everything to fight for on the challenging course, but unfortunately they undramtically slipped on the flat and was not allowed to finish the course.

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Burghley Horse Trials success

Ludwig continued his success at the European Chamionships, where he was clear at the cross country with King Bob and managed to climb to 9th place in the final competition on Sunday. Straight after the European Championships, Ludwig drove the long journey from Sweden to drop off his Silver Medal horse Shamwari at home, repack and bring King Bob to Burghley. King Bob proved to be in great form, and performed his personal best in two out of the three disciplines, and the lowest score at this level. Burghley is for sure the most demanding and toughest cross country course in the world, and this year was no different. On the last day, the show jumping phase, King Bob was a little too wild and fresh, which led to one rail down, but the combination finished in 9th place, which is the best result ever for Ludwig at a four star competition.

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Silver Medal at the European Championships

After at few days of pre camp at the Swedish National Stud, Flyinge, Ludwig set off to Malmö for the European Championships. Shamwari was on great form, doing a good canter program and walk, but the trot work was not up to his normal standard which resulted in a score of 37,6 lying in 3rd place after the dressage phase. The cross country on the second day proved a bit on the soft side, Shamwari did a classy round, and picked up only 0,4 time faults, which kept him in 3rd place before the final day and Show Jumping. Unfortunately, although Shamwari did not jump bad, he had two poles down, which dropped the combination to 10th place. This was a personal disappointment for Ludwig, but he was happy to win the Team Silver Medal.

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King Bob 11th at Gatcombe Park

Ludwig and King Bob finished 11th at The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, and 14th place with Shamwari. King Bob was clear both at the cross-country and show jumping phases.

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