Second on the list is Peter Ljungberg who also had a fantastic
year. In september he visited Italy together with Anna Lööf for
the WEG qualifications. A 5th place on borrowed horses is nothing
short of spectacular. Peter also finished 8th in the World Reining
Masters Final on " Wheeling Eldorado", and shared 8th place in
the Open Division on the same horse.
Anders Josefsson is number three on the list, and a familiar name
in Swedish Reining. This year he had a good ride at Linköping
Horse Show against several of Europes best. Before this he also
did well in France.
Without doubt the rider with the most big show experience is Fredrik
Thompson. Born and raised in Sweden, but a US resident since several
years. Fredrik rides several horses in the US futurities, and
is a very consistent rider with scores of 72-73. Fredrik has also
done very well at several major US shows and was 2003 reserve
World Champion AQHA.
Those are the riders that are to represent Sweden in the 2006
World Championships in Aachen. Reserves are: Waldemar Wass, Josefine
Blomquist and Johan Svensson.
The challenger list is not yet ready. "Since horse are horses,
we need to make sure that the riders we pick have several horses
to chose from" the team coaches say. "Plus that they need to have
international experience" "Riders with consistent scores in 2005,
might become even better in 2006. Anything can happen before Aachen"
Plans for 2006
In the new structure the team-members are to elect a spokesperson,
that will express team views and work together with the coaches.
Plans are made for a total of three team meetings during which
the pre World Championship show schedule is to be decided. "We
also have plans to find a pro-rider form abroad who can train
the team, and coach us at the shows", says Monica and Håkan. "This
is a very important issue, and we are having discussions with
two well known trainers, but nothing is certain yet."