Our History

Gothenburg Horse Show was organized for the first time in 1977 and since then over 3 million people have visited the event at Scandinavium, Gothenburg. The very first World Cup final in showjumping was held in 1979, and was then a recurring event for a longer time.

In 2006 Gothenburg Horse Show was elected as the world’s best indoor horse show by the international showjumping riders. Some of the reasons behind this success are the enthusiastic audience, the faithful partners and the loyal volunteers. There are still volunteers that have been working with us already from the start in 1977!

The history of showjumping
Fourteen World Cup finals have been completed at Scandinavium during the years of; 1979, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2013 and 2016.

Other World Cup champions that are favorites of the audience are Ian Millar with Big Ben, John Whitaker with Milton, and Rodrigo Pessoa with Baloubet du Rouet – all of which competed at Scandinavium. Swedish riders are of course also riding and competing in the World Cup, as well as in Gothenburg Trophy and other international classes.
Already during the 1980’s Gothenburg Horse Show was honored with the prestigious award of being "Europe’s best indoor show". Scandinavium is known for being an audience-friendly horseshow where the audience gets the chance to be young and enthusiastic. Furthermore, the Swedish audience is considered to be knowledgeable.

It was also during the shows at Scandinavium where the flower arrangements of the arena were introduced. This is something more or less all other horse shows do today!

The history of dressage
Already in 1982, the high standard dressage show was introduced to Gothenburg Horse Show and in 1989 the first World Cup final in dressage was held.
To have an audience of 11 000 people, all watching Margit Otto-Crépin from France win the final on her horse Corlandus, was very impressive according to the dressage experts around the world. Today, seven World Cup finals in dressage have been held at Scandinavium in 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2013 and 2016. In 1998 there was a Swedish victory thanks to the popular couple Louise Nathhorts and Walk on Top. The last final was held in 2016 by Gothenburg Horse show and was won by the Dutch rider Hans Peter Minderhoud and his horse Glock’s Flirt.

The history of driving
The Swedish team of driving have had great international success, and in 2000 they won both team and individual gold with the driver Tomas Eriksson.
Four-in-hand has been a popular show element at Scandinavium, but in 2002 the competition became more serious – when the final FEI World Cup Driving was organized in Gothenburg. It has been held there ever since.