A dream come true for Mai

It’s a dream come true for Mai Tofte Olesen and her Rustique to be participating at the FEI World Cup Finals Omaha 2017. Congratulations to the pairs fine performance last night – really impressive. Truly impressive is also the ‘entourage’, as she comments on it: “the smallest ever seen at an event like this” – … but it’s not quantity but quality that matters and the support from husband and son is not to be mistaken by   Mai, we can’t wait to watch you in the Freestyle on Saturday.


CHIO Aachen DHL-PRIZE CROSS-COUNTRY COMPETITION will be live at 10:00 AM CET Saturday

Ingrid Klimke at the CHIO Aachen. DHL-PRIZE CROSS-COUNTRY COMPETITION will be happening tomorrow morning 10:00 AM CET. Join us at Dreamsports.tv to enjoy the spectacular live coverage will be from more than 32 cameras on the 4000 meters long course …


Join us online as the worlds best riders are competing. We will be broadcasting live from the absolute top events during the CHIO Aachen, the world’s biggest equestrian event. Sweden is the partner country of CHIO Aachen 2016, and dreamsports.tv, are inviting all Swedish, Danish and Norwegian equestrian enthusiasts to join us online. Watch as the worlds best show jumping riders, eventers and dressage riders are rehearsing their Olympic Games performances one last time before Rio. It’s free to watch – but please notice that the signal will not be available in Germany.

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Cathrine Dufour ready for Aachen with Cassidy but also worried about competing before Rio …


written by Cathrine Dufour 11/07/2016

During the Danish Championship at Broholm castle a few weeks ago, the Danish Equestrian Federation selected the danish team for Aachen CDIO5*. Atterupgaards Cassidy and I were among the four “lucky” one to represent Denmark in the Nations Cup.

Normally it would have been amazing to be selected for this huge competition, but according to the fact that the Olympic Games will begin just two weeks after Aachen, makes it very stressfull for both Cassidy and I. Usually when we come home from a big competition we spend like two weeks in the forrest, in the field and simply just relaxing and taking the time to restitute.

And maybe we will have all the time in the world after Aachen if we don’t perform well, but if the case is that we perform super good and stay on top of our game, then we should have a change to be selected for Rio De Janeiro.

So on one hand I’m super excited aboucathrine Dufour Cassidyt Aachen, and everyone I know are telling me how great, big and amazing Aachen is to be a competitor at, but on the other hand I’m very concerned about Cassidy and his health. Before going to Aachen he was checked by our vet, and everything is completely perfect; blood tests and clinical tests were simply super.  My vet secured me that Cassidy is in toptoptop shape and ready to perform.

That made me relax a little, and now I’m feeling more secure that we can do this together. So for now my focus in 100% on Aachen, and our performance at this huge competition. Yesterday I saw the masterlist, and booooy it’s a killer. The german A-team is represented and a lot of the best riders in the world are joining too. That kinda made my expectations drop a little, which is quite healthy I think. Now I can simply relax, keep focus on Cassidy and try to perform as good as we did on Broholm for the Danish Championships.

I’m super excited to arrive at the big competition ground, and of course to get started with everything.

You can follow Cathrine on dreamsports.tv Sunday morning for the Grand Prix Freestyle or on her blog

Photo: Cathrine Dufour

What a weekend for the Brit’s at Hartpury!

It’s has been quite a weekend for the British team at the CDI tournament this weekend at

Hartpury Festival of Dressage 2016 6. – 10. July 2016

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro performed to their new Rio music at Hartpury Festival of Dressage in the Superflex CDI Grand Prix Freestyle. They scored 90.625% #readyforrio #equestriancommu watch the last day of competion at Hartpury Festival of Dressage or enjoy high lights of Britan’s best riders and their younger and upcoming horses.

To watch more highlights ie Carl Hester, Michael Eilberg + more: DreamSports.tv the Equestrian Channel

Farewell to Scandic at Falsterbo

Video: Ridsport.se

Happy retirement Scandi man!

Article by Patrik Kittel  Photo courtesy of and copyright  Mikaela Wickholm

07-06-2016 |The moment was right … and I wanted Scandic to go out as the champion he truly is!.

After winning Scandic’s 2nd Swedish Championship, it many ways it was an easy decision to make… but in others a very difficult one.

Scandic and I  have been through it all together. After circling the whose who of the dressage world to find a suitable rider, Jan Greve and partner Anneke toke a chance and gave me a opportunity to sit on Scandic.

The rest is history, with Scandic and I forming a very special bond that has taken us on a journey of highs and lows and bringing together friends for life!.

He is such a unique, larger than life individual and I love him for that. He has, and will always be,  his own person. Strong willed, stubborn, cheeky, charismatic – my wife would say we are two of the same- and its true.

European Bronze medalist, Swedish team member,4th in the World Cup Final,  World Cup qualifer winner, World Dressage Masters Winner,  and now 2 time Swedish Champion.. this man has done it all, and has taken me along for the ride and I am truly thankful for the journey we have had together!.

We have shared this special journey with many – the Greves, Margaret Hammer, Lyndal , my mother, my family, my team at Outstanding Stables, and the public who have always cheered for the Scandi Man and the Candy Man.

But perhaps one special person in particular has shared this journey more than anyone!. Miss Marie has been Scandics groom from day one.  Marie has been our rock, our eyes, our sanity, our friend, our family and the best carer of Scandic any rider and horse could ask for.

A special farewell is planned in Falsterbo. Whilst the Swedish Championships was his last competition, it feels fitting to give him the send off he deserves.. and will no doubt enjoy!. Thank you to the organisers of Falsterbo Horse Show for organising this special end to a special career!.

So thanks for the ride Scandi man!. Happy retirement !


Nanna Merrald does it again!

After sadly missing participation at the 2016 Europeans Championships due to a fever Nanna Merrald/Traneenggaards Akondo show their strength at  Falsterbo Horse Show Dressage 2016 – First winning the U25 Grand Prix and then U25 Grand Prix Kür.

Great effort!

Watch the interview with Nanna about her performance by Ridehesten.com


Rose Mathisen and Zuidenwind claims GPS victory at Falsterbo, FEI Nations Cup™ Round 5

FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage: Swedes take series lead with victory on home ground 

Summary with reference to Charlotte Mogensen Horse2Rider.com:

A blast

Sweden’s Rose Mathisen described her weekend as “a blast!”. Talking about her 12-year-old stallion, Zuidenwind, she said “it was really easy to ride him here in Falsterbo and he felt fantastic all weekend. We are in Olympic shape!”

Patrik Kittel said all three Swedish team members performed at their very best. “We had good rides in all classes and that always makes winning feel better than just winning!”

And Swedish Chef d’Equipe, Bo Jenå, pointed out that the his team all have a winning attitude. “We expect to win, we try to win, and we win as often as we can!” he said

Swedish team victory

At Falsterbo Tradition Rules

Team Sweden have made it something of a tradition to come out on top in the FEI Nations Cup Dressage™ leg on home ground in Falsterbo, and they did it for the third consecutive year when pinning their rivals and neighbours from Denmark into runner-up spot by a significant 18-point margin today.

Falsterbo Horse Show, celebrating its 96th anniversary, presented the fifth round of this first official season of the series which previously ran as a pilot scheme. And it was the Russian team that slotted into third place ahead of Germany in fourth and The Netherlands in fifth and last spot.

The result was decided over three competitions, and wins for Patrik Kittel and Delaunay in both Friday’s Grand Prix and today’s Freestyle, combined with success for fellow-Swede Rose Mathisen with Zuidenwind in today’s Grand Prix Special and third place for Jennie Larsson and Zircoon Spring Flower in the Grand Prix and Special, sealed it. Sweden has now overtaken the USA at the top of the series leaderboard ahead of next week’s final event in Aachen (GER).

Driving seat

Judges Andrew Gardner (GBR), Annette Fransen Jacobaeus (SWE), Susanne Baarup (DEN), Raphael Saleh (FRA) and Magnus Ringmark (SWE) awarded Kittel and the 10-year-old Delaunay the winning Grand Prix score of 73.300, and the Swedes were already in the driving seat when Mathisen slotted into third with a mark of 71.780 and Jennie Larsson claimed fifth spot with Zircoon Spring Flower on a score of 69.900.

Denmark’s Rikke Svane and Finckenstein TSF were runners-up (72.240) while Germany’s Nadine Husenbeth and Florida filled fourth place (71.040) in this class of 15 starters.

There were 10 contenders in this morning’s Grand Prix Special won by Mathisen and her 12-year-old horse who posted 73.510 to pin German star, Helen Langehanenberg, into second spot with Damsey FRH on 72.506 while Larsson lined up third with a mark of 71.275 this time out. ,

Denmark’s Helene Melsen steered the 11-year-old Trakehner, Aston Martin, into fourth ahead of Russia’s Ekaterina Maslova and Flashman in fifth place, while the Dutch partnership of Mirelle Kemenade-Witlox and Decor Vivaldo lined up sixth. But Kittel put the icing on the Swedish cake when topping the Freestyle with a score of 74.475.

There were just five through to the Freestyle finale, and Denmark’s Svanne lined up a strong second on 74.175 while Husenbeth finished third on a mark of 72.250.

Black Stallions for Danish SilverBrilliant win

It was a brilliant win for the host nation in their home leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series, and emotions ran high after yesterday’s official retirement of Kittel’s wonderful partner, the 17-year-old stallion Watermill Scandic.

In a special ceremony organised during the interval of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping competition, the 40-year-old rider and his faithful horse drummed out that iconic piaffe/passage that earned them top marks wherever they competed. To a combination of cheers and tears, Kittel paid tribute to the Dutch-bred horse that carried him to four European Championships, four FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals, two editions of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ and the London 2012 Olympic Games. And the pair left the arena with the chestnut stallion wearing a specially designed blanket carrying the simple Swedish message – “Tack Scandiman” (thanks Scandiman).


Kittel had every reason to be pleased with his 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Delaunay’s double-success over the weekend, but he admitted that it didn’t go quite as smoothly as he had hoped today. “I was happy with my win and it is always a pleasure to ride in Falsterbo because here we have the best audience in world! But today Delaunay was surprised by the many photographers who were in the corner of the arena, and that made me miss my one-tempis – I had no reserve move to correct it and caused some tension, but overall I’m very pleased with him. We just have to practice and get better!” the Swedish star said.

Denmark’s Lena Leschly Aamann was hoping for big things from her 13-year-old black stallion Goerklintgaards Fanero, but he was not on top form this weekend. However team-mate, Rikke Svane, was very pleased with Finckenstein and fellow-Dane, Helene Melsen, also expressed her satisfaction with the handsome Aston Martin.

The Russian contingent had a long and arduous journey to the Swedish fixture, so Inessa Merkulova decided not to compete her Olympic ride, Mister X, and instead opted for the 11-year-old Avans who certainly rose to the occasion. “I was very pleased with how he handled the environment” she said after slotting this stallion into fourth spot in the Freestyle ahead of The Netherands’ Marjan van der Jagt and Radetzky.



1.    Sweden 434.2:  Delaunay (Patrik Kittel), Zircon Spring Flower(Jennie Larsson), Zuidenwind (Rose Mathisen)

2.    Denmark 208.744: Finckenstein TSF (Rikke Svane), Goerklintgaards Fanero (Lena Leschly Aamann), Aston Martin (Helene Melsen).

3.    Russia 207.434: Volk (Marina Aframeeva), Avans (Inessa Merkulova), Flashman 4 (Ekaterina Maslova).

4.    Germany 206.485: Florida (Nadine Husenbeth), Damsey FRH (Helen Langehanenberg), Zinq Cabanas FH (Marcus Hermes).

5.     Netherlands 204.666: Radetzky (Marjan van der Jagt), Decor Vivaldi (Mirelle Kemenade-Witlox), Catch Me (Margo Timmermans).

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24 combinations starting at the Danish National Championships – #RIO DK Team Selection

The beautiful stage is set at Broholm Castel and 24 riders is on the list for tomorrows Gorissen Federspiel DM Senior GP – 1. afdeling. The first part is the Grand Prix de Dressage happening between 4 PM – 7.45 PM on the main outdoor arena at Broholm. Second part the Grand Prix Special will commence Saturday.


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