Herning, Denmark – August 12, 2022 – As the current leader in the Longines FEI Jumping World Rider Ranking, Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) has more than lived up to spectations. Having the great King Edward as his faithful partner, the Swede is in the lead of the standings going into Sunday’s grand finale at the 2022 Agria FEI Jumping World Championships in Herning, Denmark.
The Swede and the small but powerful 12-year-old chestnut Belgian Warmblood gelding (Edward x Feo) have electrified the numerous Swedish supporters who have crossed the Kattegat Sea to support the reigning Olympic and recently crowned World Champions at the same event.
However, Eckermann faces a fierce challenge since less than one fence separates him from the next four closest competitors, having tallied 0.58 penalty-points over three performances. Moreover, with two rounds still to be carried out on Sunday to decide the combination which will be crowned world champions, there’s still too much drama to be unfolded at the Stutteri ASK Stadium in Herning, Denmark.
It’s a one-two for Sweden at the top of the leaderboard so far as Jens Fredricson (SWE) & Markan Cosmopolit (Cohiba 1198 x Calido I) have been one of the pleasant surprises over the past three days of competition, being more consistent than favorites to claim the title, registering only 2.71 penalty-points until now.
Jérôme Guery (BEL) and Quel Homme de Hus have been no strangers to the winner’s circle at some of the biggest stages of the noble sport, having once again solidified their names, currently sitting in third place with a score of 3.35 penalty-points.
Standings – FEI World Individual Jumping Championship – Individual Standings after Round 2 of the Second Competition –
1) Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) & King Edward – 0.58 / 0 / 0 = 0.58
2) Jens Fredricson (SWE) & Markan Cosmopolit – 2.71 / 0 / 0 = 2.71
3) Jérôme Guery (BEL) & Quel Homme de Hus – 2.31 / 0 / 1 = 3.35
Photos: © FEI / Leanjo de Koster