Stockholm saddles up - Stockholm Horse Week
Publish date: 11 November 2020
Saddle up for an equestrian summer in and get ready to watch the world’s greatest riders at the top of their game.
Stockholm and Stockholm Horse week is the chosen destination for horse lovers and four-legged stars this season.
The most famous fan of the equestrian events at the 1956 Summer Olympics was sitting, quite visible, wearing her trademark hat and sporting modern, Cat Eye-sunglasses; Queen Elizabeth II. She, along with a cheering crowd filling the very last seat, looked out over Stockholm Olympic Stadium. A grand sports venue, build in dark red bricks for the 1912 Olympics filled with the best riders and competition horses in the world.
It must’ve been a sight to behold, for sure. The excitement of the racing horses, fast-paced during the jumping and eventing, and of course, seeing the Queen in all her glory and those sunglasses to boot, surrounded by her husband Prince Philip as well as the Swedish royals.
Stockholm Olympic Stadium, or the Stockholm Stadium – for short, with its romantic architectural style and an entrance that looks like a small medieval castle, is truly the perfect place for equestrian endeavors. The venue hosted the FEI World Equestrian Games in 1990 and will see the return of the popular sport in the summer of 2019 and for four more summers to come. LGCT Stockholm and Stockholm Horse Week takes place in June and will fill the Stadium once again with the world’s elite riders and the very best horses. It’s going to be a celebration fit for a queen, to be enjoyed by everyone.
A prestigious event for everyone
The LGCT has previously been held in cities such as Miami and Mexico City and will now, together with the added competitions in International dressage, LFC U25 (young riders under 25), dressage and national jumping classes form the four day long Stockholm Horse Week. Anki Yngve is editor-in-chief at the Swedish equestrian magazine Hippson, and is, of course, looking forward to all of it.
– This coming event will place Sweden and Stockholm even more firmly on the map as one of the world’s leading equestrian destinations, says Anki. Riding, in general, is very accessible here, compared to abroad where it’s often viewed as something more exclusive. The Swedes are very knowledgeable about riding and the sport itself; it has a broad base of active fans and riders. I´ve been to the LGCT in Doha, it was all very elegant but not that many people were in the crowd. That will not be the case in Stockholm, here it’s really going to be for everyone.
Stockholm Horse Week strives to be inclusive and engage both local and international visitors in a number of ways, there will be an area within Stockholm Stadium for shopping, eating and most importantly being able to see the world most famous and successful horses up close during warm up in the practice ring.
– The Swedish equestrian crowd is really good at creating a fantastic atmosphere at big competitions and we will involve the visitors through activities such as Clinics, says Sara Johansson, Sports Director at LGCT Stockholm and Stockholm Horse Week.
A Clinic in this instance is not a “trot in – trot out” service for famous horses but of course rider clinics, tutorials to help educate riders and their horses. At Stockholm Horse Week, there will be at least two clinics to enjoy and learn from. One of the prominent teachers will be Olympic medalist Laura Graves, currently ranked as the second-best dressage rider in the world, comes to Stockholm to teach a Masterclass clinic.
– I think this upcoming event will cement Sweden’s status as a place for horse-lovers to visit, says Anki Yngve. It’s a great way to discover all that Stockholm offers too. I used to ride at Järvafältet, Gärdet and on Djurgården, all beautiful places close to the city.
Anki also recommends seeing the world-unique Swedish Mounted Guard whenever you are in town, as well as checking out one of the local stables that offer early morning rides through the city center.
Swedish superstars - and budding newcomers
Sweden has a great number of elite riders in the absolute top international levels. For example Peder Fredricson, one of the few riders in the world who has competed in the Olympics – in both jumping and in eventing. Amongst his many achievements are of course the gold and silver medals from the FEI European Championships. The documentary “Allan- the winged horse”, about his equally famous horse H&M All in (Allan to his friends) is one of the most watched on Swedish TV.
And there are many more to cheer on this summer. The audience will surely be on the lookout for jumping stars such as Henrik von Eckermann, Malin Baryard-Johnsson Johnson and Douglas Lindelöw and the elite dressage riders Tinne Vilhelmson Silvien and Patrik Kittel to name a few.
These are only some of the riders the audience are hoping to see giving their all at the GCT tour in Stockholm. But in the equestrian world, the horses are of course just as famous if not more so than their riders. Who can forget John Whitakers Milton, the grey gelding jumping horse and star of the World Equestrian Games at the very same Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 1990?
Exactly who gets to compete at LGCT Stockholm and Stockholm Horse Week is yet to be announced though, and will not be revealed until about a month before the competitions kick off. But there are many hopefuls throughout Sweden and the world. Irma Karlsson is one of them.
Irma has not only won the European Championships for young riders but was recently rewarded with a gold medal at the Swedish Championships in 2017. She's a real up-and-coming jumping rider and has high hopes for the events at the Stockholm Stadium.
– The try-outs will, for those not already in a GCT-team, most likely take place just a few weeks before the start. So I don’t know if I am going to take part or not. It’s very exciting and would be a really cool experience and important practice for future events. The horses are of course being kept in good shape throughout the year but are being prepared for a competition about a week ahead, says Irma Karlsson.
Equestrian stores in Stockholm
Check out these well-stocked shops for horse lovers during your stay.
From chaps to coats, this shop has just about everything you and your horse could need. Located in Södermalm in Stockholm, the closest subway station is Medborgarplatsen.
Address: Folkungagatan 100
An upscale equestrian store at beautiful Norr Mälarstrand in Kungsholmen. You´ll find an assortment, from shirts in pretty pastels to jackets and more in a classic design. The closest subway station is Rådhuset.
Address: Norr Mälarstrand 24
One of Sweden’s largest equestrian chains, Hööks has a wide selection of clothes and equipment for you, your horse and even for the dog in your life. The branch in Stockholm is located in the city center. The closest subway station is Hötorget.
Address: Kungsgatan 29
Gorgeous boots, saddles, and more. Quality and tradition are key at Stenbergs läder. If you're in the market for a customized saddle, then this is the place in Stockholm for you. The closest subway station is St Eriksplan.
Address: St Eriksgatan 111