DreamSportsHorses supports Knytkalaset

At DreamSportsHorses we are very proud and happy to be associated with Knytkalaset and in this to support the tremendous and serious work, already being done in respect to develop and further dressage talents in Scandinavia. Established in 1998, by Åke Björsell, Jan Brink and Kyra Kyrklund,  the very idea and goal of Knytkalaset is to increase and enhance the knowledge of Swedish Dressage Riders, and to educate Grand Prix Horses among talented student riders.

Please read more about Knytkalaset here

2013 CDI Hagen. Lone Bang Larsen Comes Back with a Bang …

Capturing a spot amongst several of the world’s most formidable combinations at this years CDI Hagen, Danish rider Lone Bang Larsen and her Danish bred gelding Fitou L (by Florestan x May Sherif) was proud of her fourth place in the Grand Prix with 72.489% and second place in the Grand Prix Special with  74.688% at the 2013 CDI Hagen on 17 – 21 April 2013.

Competing at her first outdoor show of the season, Lone admits she was a bit nervous before Hagen, particularly as it was hard to prepare for the conditions. “We had such a long winter so we have not been able to train outside,” she said.  Arriving in Hagen two days before the competition, Lone revealed that Fitou felt really happy, but also a little tense. “It was great to have those days to get him used to everything, as after a few days I felt him begin to really relaxed.”

Read more at Eurodressage.

Source: Eurodressage



Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg lived up to all the promise she has shown over the last few seasons to clinch the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage title in style today with Damon Hill. Langehanenberg is the eighth German rider to take the coveted trophy in the history of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage series, and the first since Isabell Werth and Warum Nicht FRH in 2007.

Helen Langehanenberg fei2Successful Scandinavians as ‘runners up’

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven could have been intimidated to find herself and Don Auriello sandwiched in between Langehanenberg and 2010 Reem Acra champion Edward Gal from The Netherlands, but instead Tinne simply rose to the occasion. Her elegant 13-year-old bay gelding showed wonderful extended trot en route to a mark of 82.661 to show that his place amongst the stars was well-deserved.

Denmark’s Sidsel Johansen, with Schianto, who thoroughly pleased the crowd with one of his best tests of the season for a mark of 75.393.

Sweden’s Minna Telde and Santana didn’t threaten with their mark of 74.107 when next into the ring as the action resumed. And although 23-year-old Dane, Anna Kasprzak, showed lovely, balanced passage throughout a thoroughly steady test with the 14-year-old Donnperignon, her good mark of 77.857.  Sweden’s Patrick Kittel and Watermill Scandic HDC met a wall of sound from the spectators when entering the arena, but despite great piaffe and passage their score of 78.393 wouldn’t upset the leader or the top end of the scoreboard either. It took German veteran, Isabell Werth and her “work in progress” Don Johnson FRH with a score of 80.429 with just four more left to go.

Result: 1, Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) GER 88.286; 2, Jerich Parzival (Adelinde Cornelissen) NED 86.214; 3, Glock’s Undercover (Edward Gal) NED 84.446; 4, Don Auriello (Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven) SWE 82.661; 5, Don Johnson FRH (Isabell Werth) GER 80.429; 6, Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno (Valentina Truppa) ITA 79.696; 7, Watermill Scandic (Patrik Kittel) SWE 78.393; 8, Donnperignon (Anna Kasprzak) DEN 77.857; 9, Schianto (Sidsel Johansen) DEN 75.393; 10, Santana (Minna Telde) SWE 74.107. Full result here

Photo: Claes Jakobsson och Jorma Valkonen (http://www.gothenburghorseshow.com)

Source: Edit from review 27th of April 2013 by Louise Parkes on FEItv.org


Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Takes Two at the 2013 CDI Doha

Danish Olympic team rider Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein took her second victory of the weekend at the inaugural Al Shaqab CDI Doha in Qatar on 29 – 30 March 2013. Aboard her 16-year old home bred Danish warmblood gelding Digby (by Donnerhall x Sandro) she secured the Grand Prix kur to music win on Saturday evening with a score of 78.825%.

“I am very pleased today with my win. The horse today was very nice to ride. He was great and the show was great, everything was just fantastic,” explained Nathalie. “My music was based on French songs and had been tailor-made for the Olympics. I can still feel that the routine is not perfect and I will have to run through it a series of times before I really know it. I have only ridden it four times and I still feel like there is room for improvement, but my horse and I did really well.”

Country mate and fellow Olympian Lisbet Seierskilde finished second aboard her home bred Danish warmblood gelding Jongstrupgaardens Raneur (by Ragazzo x Schwadroneur). This duo posted a score of 74.525%.

Swedish Patrik Kittel and the Oatley family’s Swedish warmblood gelding Toy Story (by Come Back II) completed the top three with a 74.275% and a third place finish.

(Source: Eurodressage.com)

Charlotte Dujardin

Charlotte Dujardin won Britain’s second dressage gold medal of the Olympics as the host nation’s equestrian team finished London 2012 with three titles.

“I wanted to enjoy it, go out and not regret anything,” said Dujardin, who also helped Britain to team victory in Greenwich Park on Tuesday.

Dujardin beat a huge score from Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen while Laura Bechtolsheimer took bronze for GB.

Theirs are the first individual Olympic dressage medals ever won by Britain.

Dujardin, 27, partnered Valegro to victory as the two performed to movie themes including The Great Escape and Live And Let Die.

“It is always something I’ve known the horse could achieve, but I didn’t really know how I was going to find the atmosphere and the expectation,” she said.

“I love doing freestyle and I had great fun. Valegro felt tired but he went out there and gave it his all, he didn’t let me down.