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From Baryards horses to the new Stockholm hästfest

in a few Years as a groom was a fantastic school. The job entails a lot of responsibility and you are a very skilled problem solver. It is something that I have had the great advantage of also in this job, " says Sara Johansson.

On Sunday night left the world's best riders and horses in Gothenburg, sweden after five intense days of competition. In just over two months, several of them back to Sweden.

In June of this year is the premiere of a major new international hästtävlingen in Stockholm. For the first time organized a leg of the Global Champions Tour in Sweden.

the Woman responsible for the new contest has lived all his adult life in the equestrian world again.

own racing career was over, she moved to Germany to work as a groom of the fyrfaldige OLYMPIC gold medalist Ludger Beerbaum.

After a few years there she returned home to Sweden and began working for Malin Baryard Johnsson.

– the Idea was that I would be working at Malin a year, but I felt so good that it was almost eight years.

six years ago, she was ready to leave the life as a groom, but she did not want to leave the world of horses.

in recent years, Sara Johansson worked with various projects, including sponsorship and tv productions – all of which have had the historic boundaries of the core.

– In the role as a race director, I see what use I have of my past experiences. I know what happens behind the scenes, and what is important for horses, riders and grooms.

is a world-wide tour, whose initiator is the Dutch hästhandlaren and former OLYMPIC gold medallist Jan Tops.

the Tour started in 2006, and right from the start, the prize money was big.

– In Stockholm, the total prize money to be 9.3 million, says clerk of the course Sara Johansson.

the Global Champions Tour has also excelled for the show is held in the cities, and preferably in a spectacular setting, among other things, in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris and on the beach in Miami.

in Addition to the individual races included a couple to the back also a team competition. A very special one.

of the riders from different countries compete together, and there are the owners who take out the riders. This year is the three Swedish riders who ride in a team Peder Fredricson, Malin Baryard Johnsson and Evelina Tovek.

When the tour started it was a utbrytar–tour which was not seen kindly by the FEI, the international equestrian federation.

today, the frosty relationships thawed up and the tour is approved by the FEI.

the Desire to organize a Global Champions Tour event in Sweden has been around for a long time.

Organizers have long wanted to have a contest in the Nordic countries, but the process to get here the race has, however, taken his time. When everything fell into place, there was no doubt that we would be in Stockholm, " says Sara Johansson.

– the Ability to be able to create a summer event in Stockholm, and in such a beautiful and historic location as the Stadium is attracted.

the Global Champions Tour known for the luxury that surrounds the competition. Vipområdena is well proportioned, and celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen have been on the site in order to follow them.

When the races come to Stockholm, the goal is to keep that feeling of glamour and exclusivity, but mix it up with a folk touch that goes under the term ”Horse Week”.

the Program has been broadened, including dressage and classes for young riders, so that more than elitryttarna in jumping get a chance to compete.

"For us it is important to put a Swedish stamp on the arrangement," says Sara Johansson.

" We know that, for example, that the interest in dressage is very big in Sweden, not least is the Mälardalen region an extremely strong dressyrfäste.

is determined from 13-16 June, and the competition will become an annual tradition. The contract is written for five years to begin with.

" We are well in phase, but it is clear that it is always a challenge to build a brand new contest.

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