Lövsta Future Challenge

LÖVSTA FUTURE CHALLENGE

Under the banner Lövsta Future Challenge, the sponsor Lövsta Stuteri, has a clear and strong vision to support Swedish equestrian sport and create a broader base of Grand Prix combinations in jumping and dressage. During Gothenburg Horse Show 2020 Lövsta Future Challenge is active with a dedicated class for talented young jumping horses and a special tour for U25 riders participating in the international classes in dressage and jumping.

The LFC Jumping classes is devided in Young horses and U25 and the finals takes place during Gothenburg Horse Show. LCF International Dressage consist one Grand Prix and one Kür.

LÖVSTA FUTURE CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL DRESSAGE

During Gothenburg Horse Show 2020 is two new international dressage classes for U25 riders introduced. It is the first time international U25 dressage riders get the chance to ride in the grand arena Scandinavium.

The international U25 riders will compete in Lövsta Future Challenge Grand Prix class on Wednesday and will there again meet in the Lövsta Future Challenge Kür on Friday. This year’s U25-rider that will get their ticket to Gothenburg Horse Show are born between 1995 and 2004.

The dressage tests is broadly on the same degree of difficulty as Grand Prix but slightly lower demands on number of steps in the piaffe and the half-pass is ridden in trot in the U25 programs.

Victoria E. Vallentin wins U25 Grand Prix

The competition, which kicks off this year’s Gothenburg Horse Show, gives up-and-coming dressage stars a chance to compete in an international setting. Six talented young riders from Sweden, Great Britain and Denmark will be ready to battle it out in the International U25 Grand Prix on the Wednesday afternoon – some for the first time.

Swedish rider Emma Jönsson is making her debut together with Donizetti 39. Other bright future stars to enter Scandinavium include Ellen McCarthy and Megan Ingham from Great Britain, Isabella Tovek from Sweden and Danish riders Josefine Hoffmann and Victoria E. Vallentin.

Victoria E. Vallentin from Denmark was first to enter the arena on Brooklyn and together they got a fantastic score of 71.838%, securing the win. Josefine Hoffmann, also from Denmark, grabbed the second place with Hoennerups Driver after a great performance which was awarded 71.496%. Last to go in the International U25 Dressage was Swedish rider Isabella Tovek on 15-year-old mare Happiness 26. The pair ended up on 69.103%, which was enough for a third place.

Josefine Hoffmann & Hoennerups Driver. Photo: Kim C Lundin

Danish duo wins International U25 Freestyle

The first round saw the two Danish riders in the top spots. On Friday morning it was time for the final of Lövsta Future Challenge where the international U25 riders would perform their freestyle tests. A fantastic chance for these young talents to show the crowd in Scandinavium what they do best.

After a wonderful freestyle, Swedish rider Emma Jönsson scored 74.225% and secured a third place. The Danish duo Josefine Hoffman and 16-year-old gelding Hoennerups Driver gave the spectators a fantastic show and sailed into the lead with an amazing 74.617%.  Victoria E. Vallentin and Brooklyn had another great day and followed their Grand Prix win from Wednesday with a second place in the freestyle, ending on 74.558%.

LÖVSTA FUTURE CHALLENGE JUMPING U25

For the fifth time Lövsta Future Challenge launches a new season 2019/2020 for U25 riders. Many of the former U25 riders, seniors under 25, participating in LFC are today established internationally as riders. Names like Erica Swartz, Jonna Ekberg and Evelina Tovek with lots of international success act as living proof of the successful concept of LFC U25. That is one of the main goals of Lövsta Future Challenge; to inspire and develop young talent towards an international competition career.

 This year’s U25-rider that will get their ticket to Gothenburg Horse Show are born between 1995 and 2004. The riders gather ranking points during three qualifying meetings during autumn and winter season. In Scandinavium they will compete against all the international top riders present in the classes open for start, no world cup starts but the rest is up for grabs. The U25 rider that collects the most points during Gothenburg Horse Show is declared winner of Lövsta Future Challenge Jumping U25. Don’t know who’s who – look out for the characteristic green arm band with the LFC logo on worn by all U25 riders in the arena.

LÖVSTA FUTURE CHALLENGE JUMPING YOUNG HORSES

In Gothenburg eleven of Sweden’s best 7-year-old jumpers meet ten competitors from abroad ridden by international riders. In three rounds you will see the up-and-coming four-legged stars on the brink of international breakthrough in front of a jammed packed Scandinavium.

The set-up, with qualifications during the horses 6-year-old season, is meant to inspire riders and horse owners to continue their efforts towards an international career. It serves as an exciting experience for the whole team surrounding the young horse. The amazing and tangible atmosphere in Scandinavium helps the young horses prepare and develop for even greater achievements on the international jumping arenas.

The Swedish combinations have qualified for the final through three main competitions; “Champion of the youngsters”, “Breeders Trophy” and “SWB Stallion Trophy”.  In total eleven horses are qualified for Lövsta Future Challenge Jumping young horses

Meet & great for the breeders

Lövsta Future Challenge feels strongly about Swedish breeding and chooses in cooperation with Gothenburg Horse Show to invite all the breeders of the Swedish bred horses to follow the final on front row seats. Hopefully this initiative will help motivate breeders to continue to contribute to the future of Swedish equestrian jumping sport.

 

For more information regarding Lövsta Future Challenge visit their web site http://lovstafuturechallenge.se