The Selection Committee Jumping of the Swiss Federation of Equestrian Sports (SVPS) has released an official statement regarding the combinations chosen to represent the country in the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games™ – Tryon 2018, to be held from the 11th to the 23rd of September, 2018, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina, USA.
The decision regarding the show jumping team might effect not only the results obtained there, since the Swiss are not only in pursuit of World Cup Medals, but also an early qualification to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The following riders were selected:
Paul Estermann (SUI) & Lord Pepsi,
Martin Fuchs (SUI) & Clooney
Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Bianca or Hannah
Janika Sprunger (SUI) & Bacardi VDL
Reserve: Arthur Gustavo da Silva (SUI) & Inonstop van T Voorhof
The goals are clear for Andy Kistler:
“Unfortunately, the performance of the Swiss showjumping team at World Championships is poor. Only a team bronze medal was brought home on the occasion of the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in 1994 at The Hague, Netherlands. I consider it a good sign that this was achieved when the team also included Thomas Fuchs, who is accompanying us as a coach to the USA », says the Swiss team manager jokingly. “But first and foremost, we have a strong team with great horses at the start. We want to fight for the medals in the team as well as in the individual standings and, above all, secure the qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games early. This requires at least a classification of the team in the first six.”
The jumping competitions will take place in the second week of the WEG, from 19 to 23 September 2018, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Tryon, North Carolina, USA.
Source: Press Release by the Swiss Equestrian Federation
Photos: © FEI / Łukasz Kowalski