Guerdat The Great!
Reigning world #1 Steve Guerdat (SUI) jumped into history on Sunday, winning his third ever Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final at Gothenburg Horse Show in Sweden.
The Swiss Olympic individual gold medalist is now part of an elite roster of riders to have captured the title three times that includes Hugo Simon (AUS), Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) and Marcus Ehning (GER). He’s one of only two riders to do it on three different horses and is the only one, of those two, to accomplish the feat within a five year window. (Pessoa holds the record for most consecutive wins, having claimed the title in 1998, 1999 and 2000 with Baloubet du Rouet.)
At just 36 years of age, it’s entirely plausible, if not likely, that he’ll be the first to capture it a fourth time, as well. Because when it comes to Guerdat’s World Cup record, it’s nothing but top finishes.
The Swiss rider first won the individual title in Las Vegas in 2015 with Albufuehren’s Paille. It was a victory ten years in the making. Guerdat had contested nearly every Final since 2005 and with astoundingly consistent results.
“In the last nine or 10 years, I was on the podium three times, twice in the jump-off. Every year I was in the top 10,” Guerdat told the Los Angeles Times at the time. “Yes, on one side, you always want more, but you also have to be realistic about how good the other riders and the other horses are, so I actually feel really good about all these results. Today I just tried to take it like always. Of course I was nervous, but I’m lucky to have great people around me, to keep me calm and confident.”
In 2016, the he successfully defended his title in Gothenburg. This time it was Corbinian who took him to the top of the podium, much to Guerdat’s surprise.