Scandinavians Getting Ready in Doha!

Horses and riders are getting ready in Doha – easy walks and adjusting to the warm temperatures … competition will commence on Friday 4th of March …

Swedish Charlotte Haid-Bondergaard and her top horse Triviant has travelled  to Qatar to partipate in the last Olympic Qualification Event she is part of the rather large Swedish Team that has travelled to compete in Doha:  Marina Mattsson (Beckham),  Patrik Kittel  (Deja), Paulinda Friberg (Di Lapponia T) and Rose Mathisen (Zuidenwind)

Charlotte HAID Triviant Doha

Denmarks Rikke Svane and her Trakehner Stallion Finckenstein TSF are also getting used to the atmosphere in Doha. In the photo shown by his groom.

Flinkenstein

Patrik Kittel and Deja is also enjoying the warm weather!

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Rose Mathisen and Zuidenwind in morning practice.

Rose Mathisen Zuidenwind

Charlotte Jorst likely to represent USA at the upcoming World Cup Final in Göteborg

America’s three-time Olympic medalist Günter Seidel and senior championship rookie Charlotte Jorst are almost definite to represent the United States at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in three weeks.

Günter will ride Zero Gravity, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding that he has competed at Big Tour for a year, while Charlotte will take Kastel’s Nintendo, 13-year-old KWPN stallion she began competing in CDIs two years ago. Both are foreign-born, Günter was German and Charlotte was Danish.

Although the last World Cup event for the 2015/16 North American League circuit is scheduled for Wellington, Florida this week, the decisions by Laura Graves on Verdades and Steffen Peters on Legolas to forego the annual individual championship to focus on the Olympics took the top two combinations from the rankings. Other horses and riders that could challenge for a start are not entered in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Grand Prix Freestyle.

Mikala Gundersen, a Danish team rider based in Wellington and ranked second in North America but is not a North American citizen, is also likely to be invited with My Lady as “an extra starting place.”

What great achievements by Danish Riders – we are looking forward to follow them in the coming weeks!

Mikaela Gundersen and My Lady Near 80% Mark to Win FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*

What a great evening for Danish Dressage!c5a73b4f-deee-4d59-8d3e-8b2ac0ce1024

Competing in Wellington FL, Mikala Gundersen (DEN) and My Lady impressed the judging panel to earn a 79.075% for their first major win at AGDF this season. Fellow Dane Lars Petersen and Mariett followed in second place with a 76.600%, while Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 finished in third place with a 76.425%.

“Lady was really good. She was very good yesterday, but I planned to push a little bit more today and see if I could put her up a little bit higher in the neck,” Gundersen said. “I had that in the warm-up and then when I came in, when my music was supposed to start it didn’t, so I went to circle. Then the music started, and I tried to finish my circle, but Lady was like ‘No, no. Wrong way,’ and went for the centerline. Once I hit the centerline, she went into the passage, and I knew that we were good.”

The pair thrives in consistency, and they are usually expected to finish atop their respective classes. Gundersen noted that Lady is reliable in big atmospheres such as the freestyle, even though she is an incredibly sensitive horse, because she is so well-versed in their choreography and enjoys performing for a crowd.

Watch the outstanding ride:

Feels like summer!

Ali Nilforushan riding Formidable at the Oaks in San Juan, California

Danish Olympian Lars Petersen Becomes a U.S. Citizen

Danish Olympic dressage rider Lars Petersen has officially become an American citizen. Petersen took the oath of allegiance for naturalized citizens and was sworn in as a United States citizen on 4 February 2015.

“Words can not express how excited happy emotional and honored to announce that my wonderful husband is now an American Citizen,” said Lars’ American wife Melissa Taylor, addding, “Or what Hans-Henning Dressler called him “Ameridanski”.”

The Danish born Petersen represented his native country Denmark at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The now 50-year old Lars Petersen moved to the U.S.A. in 2002. He was originally based at Irwin Le Pow’s yard in Virginia but quickly relocated to Florida. Petersen married U.S. FEI rider Melissa Taylor in Mountain Village, Colorado, on their skiing holiday in December 2013.

“Lars will continue to ride for Denmark while campaigning Mariett,” Taylor explained. “He will

definitely switch after that but their is a “sit down or wait period ” of 1 full year as per FEI rules.”

Wow! Weltliebe takes the seasons first National Grand Prix win!

The pressure is on! With just about a month to go before the Danish Nationals Championships at Broholm, there is no doubt Nanna Merrald and Weltliebe is ready to claim their position amongst the top contestants. 11107741_839995052752391_8312455757732053961_nWith todays win and a score of more than 70% the Young Rider, U25 Rider, World Cup Rider all in one person; Nanna Merrald – is showing that Weltliebe is on the track for a top position…

Hohenstaufen II takes the seasons first win at Bernstorffsparken

Many have been anticipating the seasons premiere for Hohenstaufen II. How would he would perform with his new rider Nanna Merrald? – and it is fair to say that nobody could be disappointed! ‘H2’ was the first horse in the arena for the S-dressage Show Class at the Copenhagen Championships this Saturday – and he never lost the lead –  as he and Nanna Merrald delivered an seemingly effortless ‘cruize’ through the entire programme. In second place came Aston Martin with Helene Mehlsen – the pair delivered a beautiful programme with several highlights.

We look forward to seeing these top horses again next weekend as the competition at Frederiksværk will be almost last call for qualification for the Danish National Championships taking place at Broholm in June.

 

Hohenstaufen II is in great shape and will now show with Nanna Merrald

Hohenstaufen1The stunning stallion Hohenstaufen II has been in restitution and training with with Nanna Merrald over the winter months – and the the pair will show for the first time together at the Copenhagen Championships in Bernstorf’s Parken this weekend. The Show Class at S dressage will take place on Saturday afternoon and the pair will show Intermediate I.

The photo’s are from this mornings training session and taken by Torben Merrald – and the pair is looking sharp!

Nanna Merrald is one of Denmark’s most talented young riders – already a FEI Reem Acra World Cup finalist 2014 with her horse Millibar and an international U25 top level contestant with the amazing Weltliebe – and now she is carfully preparing Hohenstaufen II for International participation at small tour level this summer.

Hohenstaufen II, prior ridden by Jan Brink, Minna Telde and Elin Aspnäs is a jewel of a horse, owned by the Norwegian team rider Camilla Christensen, Hohenstaufen is beautiful, talented and extremely polite. His transition to Nanna Merrald happens as Nanna is young enough to compete in Young Rider Classes – and this is just the perfect setting for Hohenstaufen II. With a seldom seen rideability and outstanding grading scores that includes 10 for walk and 9 for canter and trot – H2′ is (as he is called in short) potentially the strongest card a Young Rider can hold, should her wish be to participate and win at the European Championships in August 2015.

 

The FEI Word Cup Ranking before the 2015 Finals in Las Vegas USA

The Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Final will take place from 15-19 April 2015 in Las Vegas and to no surprise the World Cup Ranking lead belongs to Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. 2’nd place belongs to the combination that no longer exist: Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW, making Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover runner up to Charlotte and Valegro.

With a Scandinavian perspective on the list we congratulate Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Don Auriello  ranked 10 and also ranked 52 with Divertimento, Patrik Kittel ranked 24 and 25 on Watermill Scandic and Deja, Lars Petersen and Mariett in rank 30, Minna Telde and Santana in rank 32, Agnete Kirk Tinggaard and Jo-Jo AZ in rank 35, Mikala Münter Gundersen and My Lady in rank 42, Paulinda Friberg and Di Lapponia T in rank 44  , Jeanna Hogberg and Darcia VH in rank 49. Anders Dahl with Wie-Atlantico de Ymas in rank 60, Anna Kasprzak and Donnperignon in rank 66, Rikke Svane and Flinkenstein TSF in rank 68, Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo in rank 71, Kristian von Krusenstierna and Biggles 1015 in rank 77, …. Charlotte Haid-Bondergaard is in rank 97 with Trivian 2. See the full ranking on FEI.org

FEI word cup ranking 14/15

Flash Dancer IM shines in the Barcelona sun with his new rider

Charlotte and her husband/trainer Rasmus Haid-Bondergaard are at the Spring Tour in Barcelona, Ester Cotton -barcelonathe CDI*3 and *4. A tournament with many international participants. Along with them, they have also taken their student, Junior rider Esther Cotton together with SWB graded stallion Flash Dancer IM they make up a new international junior combination. In Thursdays test: Juniors Individual · 2009, 2015 – at the Polinyà Arena the combination placed 6th. Congratulations!