Equestrianism - Busy Guerdat looking good for 2013

The new year promises much for Steve Guerdat, who starts 2013 ranked second in the world.

Equestrianism - Busy Guerdat looking good for 2013

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Swiss rider Steve Guerdat in action at the London Olympics

Since claiming showjumping gold at last summer's Olympic Games, the Swiss rider has been a busy man.

After London, he headed to Dublin for the last leg of the Nations Cup and two months later he won the Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro with Nino des Buissonnets.

He then moved straight onto the opening World Cup qualifiers and is well-placed to qualify for the finals in Gothenburg.

Guerdat's manic schedule has left him 12th in the World Cup standings with 30 points, and with three shows remaining, he is on course to reach the showdown in Sweden.

Should he do so with either Nino or Nasa - who impressed in Mechelen - Guerdat will aim to go one better than last year, when he finished second in the final.

The 30-year-old is showing no sign of slowing up, and once the indoor season is over his focus will shift to the European Championships, to be held in Denmark from April 20 to 25. Guerdat has often placed, but never won the European title, a statistic he will be hoping to change this year.

The Nations Cup may also hold some interest for Guerdat, although the new format of the event may only serve to de-motivate riders, who may not consider it as a main objective.

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