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International snow race in Rättvik

Rättvik, Sweden, Saturday 20 January 2018. Last weekend, Sweden was the first country ever to arrange an international endurance race on snow.

The CEI1* 80km in Rättvik went on a relatively flat track located in the middle of Sweden, where over half a metre of snow had fallen over the past week. On racing day, the temperature was
measured at minus five degrees and light snow fell, which made for a perfect ground for the eighteen riders.

Endurance World Rättvik. Riding in duo.Annelie Eriksson, with two horses from her stable on the starting line, had a
good feeling before the race: “The horses have been trained on snow in recent months and are used to the ground by now.”

A group of six riders held together in the lead during the first loop. They held a comfortable 15km/h, yet three contestants never made it through the first vet gate. On the second loop,
Elanor Mowbray Jones on Mr Popgun decided to leave the leading group to get a few minutes’ advantage before the second gate. However, Hanna Martinsson on King Peak had a
quick recovery and managed to earn the necessary minutes to go out on the last loop as leaders, two minutes before Jones.

Hanna Martinsson and King Peak maintained their position, riding the third and last loop at 21.8km/h, and calmly passed the finish line as winners with a three-minute margin.King Peak usually competes in the higher classes with his owner and trainer Annelie Eriksson, so it was an easy job for Hanna to get him around the track: “It’s been a great day and the ground was perfect, and King Peak is used to longer distances so today it was really just a pleasure to ride. Endurance World Rättvik. One of the leaders.For the final loop I got orders from Annelie to ride at 25km/h the first 10km to strengthen our position and not risk anything with a final sprint, since we had to ride a bit more carefully at the last, more technical part of the track.” King Peak also got the award for best condition.

The next two placements were decided in the final metres with Maria Hagman-Eriksson and her Top Spin crossing the line side by side with Elanor Mowbray Jones on Mr Popgun, a sprint won by Hagman-Eriksson.

Elanor Mowbray Jones: “Today was not the best race of my life: I felt very sick and a certain stage Maria caught up, which was great. We decided to finish the day with a little battle for second place and Maria passed us on the last meters. Unfortunately, Popgun had kicked himself with one of the ice studs on his shoes during the final sprint. We didn’t do the final vet check but drove with the vet straight to the clinic where he was treated in a good way. Marie is a true competitor, she saved my day by staying with me when I was sick. And then she helped me controlling the bleeding of my horse and only went back to her horse after she was sure everything was fine.”

Third place went to Norway’s Silje Løkken on Luna, owned and trained by Tonje Danielson, passing the finish line five minutes after the winner.

Endurance World Rättvik. Cold Weather.Silje shared the general opinion about the track, but also noted that the variation of snow depth made it hard to plan the ride beforehand: “The track offered very nice roads,
however, the amount of snow had to control how fast my horse could go”, she commented after the race.

The contestants were mainly from the Nordic countries this time. However, it is now proven that an international race on snow works perfectly well and is much appreciated by the
riders. Now the goal is for the race to grow so that riders from more countries will get the opportunity to experience riding under these conditions that the Swedish endurance riders would call ‘perfect’.

Race Report made with the assistance of Linnéa Engblom.

Photo credit: sistance of Linnéa Engblom.

 


Race Results Rättvik

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Rättvik. 2018-01-20. CEI1* 80km
1stHanna MartinssonSWEKing Peak
2ndMaria Hagman-ErikssonSWETop Spin
3rdSilje LøkkenNORLuna

 

 

International snow race in Rättvik

Rättvik, Sweden, Saturday 20 January 2018. Last weekend, Sweden was the first country ever to arrange an international endurance race on snow.

The CEI1* 80km in Rättvik went on a relatively flat track located in the middle of Sweden, where over half a metre of snow had fallen over the past week. On racing day, the temperature was
measured at minus five degrees and light snow fell, which made for a perfect ground for the eighteen riders.

Endurance World Rättvik. Riding in duo.Annelie Eriksson, with two horses from her stable on the starting line, had a
good feeling before the race: “The horses have been trained on snow in recent months and are used to the ground by now.”

A group of six riders held together in the lead during the first loop. They held a comfortable 15km/h, yet three contestants never made it through the first vet gate. On the second loop,
Elanor Mowbray Jones on Mr Popgun decided to leave the leading group to get a few minutes’ advantage before the second gate. However, Hanna Martinsson on King Peak had a
quick recovery and managed to earn the necessary minutes to go out on the last loop as leaders, two minutes before Jones.

Hanna Martinsson and King Peak maintained their position, riding the third and last loop at 21.8km/h, and calmly passed the finish line as winners with a three-minute margin.King Peak usually competes in the higher classes with his owner and trainer Annelie Eriksson, so it was an easy job for Hanna to get him around the track: “It’s been a great day and the ground was perfect, and King Peak is used to longer distances so today it was really just a pleasure to ride. Endurance World Rättvik. One of the leaders.For the final loop I got orders from Annelie to ride at 25km/h the first 10km to strengthen our position and not risk anything with a final sprint, since we had to ride a bit more carefully at the last, more technical part of the track.” King Peak also got the award for best condition.

The next two placements were decided in the final metres with Maria Hagman-Eriksson and her Top Spin crossing the line side by side with Elanor Mowbray Jones on Mr Popgun, a sprint won by Hagman-Eriksson.

Elanor Mowbray Jones: “Today was not the best race of my life: I felt very sick and a certain stage Maria caught up, which was great. We decided to finish the day with a little battle for second place and Maria passed us on the last meters. Unfortunately, Popgun had kicked himself with one of the ice studs on his shoes during the final sprint. We didn’t do the final vet check but drove with the vet straight to the clinic where he was treated in a good way. Marie is a true competitor, she saved my day by staying with me when I was sick. And then she helped me controlling the bleeding of my horse and only went back to her horse after she was sure everything was fine.”

Third place went to Norway’s Silje Løkken on Luna, owned and trained by Tonje Danielson, passing the finish line five minutes after the winner.

Endurance World Rättvik. Cold Weather.Silje shared the general opinion about the track, but also noted that the variation of snow depth made it hard to plan the ride beforehand: “The track offered very nice roads,
however, the amount of snow had to control how fast my horse could go”, she commented after the race.

The contestants were mainly from the Nordic countries this time. However, it is now proven that an international race on snow works perfectly well and is much appreciated by the
riders. Now the goal is for the race to grow so that riders from more countries will get the opportunity to experience riding under these conditions that the Swedish endurance riders would call ‘perfect’.

Race Report made with the assistance of Linnéa Engblom.

Photo credit: sistance of Linnéa Engblom.

 


Race Results Rättvik

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Rättvik. 2018-01-20. CEI1* 80km
1stHanna MartinssonSWEKing Peak
2ndMaria Hagman-ErikssonSWETop Spin
3rdSilje LøkkenNORLuna

 

 

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