LUDWIG SVENNERSTAL, a member of the Swedish Olympic eventing team who now lives in Wiltshire, was delighted with his results at the Burnham Market International Horse Trials where he took five young horses.

Svennerstal is now based with Sir Mark Todd at Badgerstown just outside Swindon.

He finished runner-up with Master Ping in a CIC class and his other CIC finishes were Paramount Importance (13th), Southway (14th) and Aspe (15th), while the novice Silver Skymaster was 10th.

It was the first time Ludwig had competed Master Ping, Paramount Importance and Southway.

Aspe has form in 2014 and 2015 at 2* level but this was her first 3* event and she exceeded all expectations.

Ludwig moved from Sweden to England in 2009 after graduating from high school. He was then based in Yorkshire with the German national coach, Chris Bartle.

At the London 2012 Olympics Ludwig was the youngest competitor in the eventing competition and was in a medal position after the cross country.

Sadly, two poles down in the showjumping dropped him to 20th.

It was still a brilliant performance at only 22 years old. And he did help the Swedish team to gain fourth place, just missing out on a medal.

They did secure a silver medal in the European Championships on home ground in Malmö the following year, beaten only by the Germans.

In 2014 Ludwig moved in with the double Olympic gold medalist, Sir Mark Todd at Badgerstown just outside Swindon with a view to preparing for Rio 2016.

Ludwig is part of the Swedish Olympic Committee’s Elite and Talent programme which has enabled him to source training from top showjumper Maria Gretzer, world class dressage coach and FEI judge Nick Burton as well as grand prix trainer and judge Christoph Hess.

Being located in Wiltshire he is ideally placed for a lot of top class events.

Next up for Svennerstal is the Belton International Horse Trials on April 15-17.