The new FEI pictograms representing each of the FEI disciplines have been unveiled. And they’re designed by non other than Swedish showjumper (ex-eventer) Peder Fredricson!
Peder is quite known for his equestrian art in Sweden but more so for having been on the Swedish Eventing Olympic team as a 20-year old in Barcelona and then as a team member of the Showjumping team in the Athens Olympic, where they got team silver and Peder was fourth individually.
He is also married to Swedish showjumper Lisen Bratt Fredricson who was on the London Olympics showjumping team (her second time, first was in Sydney) for Sweden. His brother Jens was also on the team.
I actually trained for Peder when I was about 15. Apart from all the good tips and jumping-exercises I remember all the girls in the group (yes yes fine, me included) getting quite week in the knees when he came into the school. He’s quite a dashing being all tall, blond and cheek bones.
Oh, yes, almost forgot. H&M sponsors him too. And he’s done a bit of modeling for them. Of course.
Talk about ups and downs! We entered the week on a high celebrating the great British victories that took place all over the world in showjumping, dressage and eventing. And then we woke up Monday morning with the sun shining and the grass looking greener than ever thinking ‘this will be a great week, bring on Badminton!’. And then in comes the news. Badminton is cancelled. We feel so sorry for the organisers, competitors, exhibitors, sponsors and everyone that was looking forward to going. Can’t be an easy decision to make for the organisers, don’t envy them at all. When we wished for rain earlier this month, this wasn’t exactly what we had in mind…
Instead of getting depressed that we’re missing our chance of going to Badminton for the first time ever. We’re gonna celebrate the latest great achievements delivered from the Brits. Just look at Charlotte Dujardin breaking the Grand Prix Special world record on the stunning Valegro, scoring 88.022%, in Hagen to standing ovations from the German crowd. And then William Fox-Pitt & Parklane Hawk wins the Rolex Kentucky three day event. And to show that show jumping is keeping pace, Nick Skelton & Big Star goes on to win the GP in Antwerpen.
Bring on the Olympics we say! And fingers crossed the weather Gods will be a little bit kinder to the eventers then.
With only 150 days to go until the start of the London Olympics the tension is building up. Not just among us non-ticket holders still hoping to get a ticket somehow…! But full attention is on the likes of Rob Hoekstra who are now starting to eye the team prospects. Have you seen the new Equestrian Olympics promo?
You can also read more on FEI’s website, although there’s not too much to read at the moment, or on the London 2012 official site which has the basics, key facts and a jargon buster for the jumping, dressage and eventing that will take place in Greenwich.
Have you got tickets to the Olympics or Paralympics? We’re still keeping our fingers crossed.