Lars Parmler, Founder of Gothenburg Horse Show, Dies at Age 75

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Lars Parmler.

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 22, 2017–Lars Parmler, who with his wife founded the Gothenburg Horse Show that became famous as a top dressage and jumping event and frequent host of World Cup Finals, died Tuesday at the age of 75, a year after being diagnosed with cancer.

Lars, a rider and trainer in both jumping and dressage, and his wife, Liz, were operating a riding school when they founded the Gothenburg horse show in 1977.

As a jumper rider–he won the Falsterbo, Sweden Grand Prix on Copperfield in 1982–the show attracted top riders and brought as many as 80,000 spectators over five days.

During his career, Lars was chef d’equipe for the Finnish jumping team, coach of the Swedish pony, junior and young rider teams and team leader for Norwegian junior and young rider teams .

For many years, he was a commentator for jumping for Swedish television.

Helena Persson, one of his students is on Sweden’s jumping team at the European Championships being staged here this week.

He is survived by his widow and two children, both active riders.