Weltliebe and Isabella Tovek Swedish YR Champions 2016

Wonderful that Weltliebe and Isabella Tovek have teamed up so well and amazing that they are now are Swedish Champions YR 2016

Interview with Patrik Kittel at Gothenburg Horse Show

Patrik Kittel meeting his fans at Gothenburg Horse Show and showing them back-stage. Interview in Swedish. 

Interview with Hans Peter Minderhoud at the World Cup Finals

In the lead after yesterdays Grand Prix de Dressage at Gothenburg Horse Show – Hans Peter gav an Interview.

 Gothenburg Horse Show 2016, Reem Acra FEI World Cup Finals.  Grand Prix Dressage

Gotenburg Horse Show 2016

Dont’t miss the action from the 40th Gothenburg Horse Show that will be taking place on 24–28 March. This promises to be a busy week, with World Cup Finals in both showjumping and dressage. So you can be sure of a festive atmosphere and some world-class equestrian performances at Scandinavium, with the best riders and horses – and the best audiences!

Watch LIVE Friday 25/3 – Monday 28/3 -2016

First up on Friday is the Show Jumping final of Morgondagens vinnare. After that, you can enjoy watching Sweden’s best 7-year-olds in the Lövsta Future Challenge. The line-up includes horses that have taken the first five places in Champion of the Youngsters, the top five in the Breeders Trophy and 10 specially invited horses. One of these horses will be crowned the winner in the final on Sunday. At lunchtime, the dressage horses will be taking over the arena with the Reem Acra FEI World Cup dressage – Grand Prix, part of the World Cup Final. And then it’ll be time for the evening session, which will kick off with a welcome ceremony. After that, the first part of the Showjumping World Cup will be taking place, with showjumping against the clock. We’ll also have time for some international showjumping before the end of Friday evening.

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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.


Patrik Kittel and Deja is also enjoying the warm weather!

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Rose Mathisen and Zuidenwind in morning practice.

Rose Mathisen Zuidenwind

CHI AL SHAQAB 2016 has started. Dressage will commence 4/3-2016.

CHI2016_LogoCHI AL SHAQAB 2016!

Top international riders are now in Quatar to participate in  CHI AL SHAQAB 2016 Ffr the fourth edition of this special festival, once again the best national and international equestrians will gather in Doha to participate in this exciting event – that also marks the last week of Olympic Qualification. The event includes four days of Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage; where the best national and international horses and riders will battle for one of the most coveted titles in the equestrian calendar.

CHI AL SHAQAB is under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani and Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani. The event is kindly also supported by Qatar Foundation

Follow all the action live here:



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!

The Outdoor Season in Spain included top dressage, sunshine and rain in Jerez

The starting lists have been filled with names of top international riders including a very strong representation from host nation Spain, but it was the young Sönke Rothenberger and his young horse Cosmo, that took the big win in Jerez: the ZettaSportMusic Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at 2016 CDI Jerez

The outdoor season in Spain will opened with two CDI3* at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez from 24 – 28 February and from  2 to – March 2016. And amongst the riders Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro!


One might wonder so find them travelling this far to the south of Spain. But even four legged – superstars need sometimes just a change of location and some sunshine and spring breeze, Carl Hester assured us with a smile. Yes, after six years Valegro is back in the region!

But it was Rothenberger, Hester and Dujardin went up onto the podium for the Zetta Sport Music Grand Prix at the CDI3* in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on Thursday 25 February 2016. “The Rain in Spain” is not only the title of that beautiful song from My Fair Lady but the actual situation at the CDI3* at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez. The 28 riders in the Grand Prix Zetta SportMusic could demonstrate the truth of that statement.

Young Ge16_jerez_rothenberger_cosmo_02rman rider Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo, a 9-year-old KWPN gelding by Van Gogh x  Landjonker, were the winners of the test and showed themselves to be resistant to the downpour. The two are an amazing couple; the gifted horse demonstrated much movement and a lot of horsepower while his young rider showcased his talent. Yesterday they obtained their swimming diploma at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, after dancing in the rain in view of the beautiful Jerez palace.
Sönke and Cosmo  were awarded a ten by the judges for their initial performance including halt and salute. They received some nines for the strong trots and the passages and lots of eights throughout the test for many exercises. Their performance took place in the pouring rain and strong winds, which possibly led to their only fault in the flying changes.


16_jerez_hester_niptuck_01-1Carl Hester and Nip Tuck. It was one of their very first Grand Prix rides, as they only debuted in 2015 in the category. Monica Teodorescu, the German team coach, stated very drily but with a big smile, “there is always space to improve.” She had flown in for the occasion as there are several German combinations participating, including the Rath-Linsenhoff family with the siblings Matthias Alexander and young Liselott  Marie riding the beautiful Golden Girl, who have garnered several test wins over this competition. Matthias had been the star on Thursday’s opening tests, riding a lot of young horses and achieving three victories.




Charlotte Dujardin on Barolo. Second and soaked was how his experience was wryly described by Carl Hester, who was happy with the results of his three horses. Wonderful Barney, which is the name affectionately used for Nip Tuck (by Don Ruto x  Animo) at his home, showed even a more elegant trot under the rain, while the half halts and the pirouettes of the pairing were amazing. Charlotte Dujardin scored just below the two leaders; riding Barolo (by Breitling W x Hitchcock) in their first international Grand Prix, they definitely had a good start with a score of 73.280%. Both Carl and Charlotte recommended learning how to ride in the wet after the test, casting their minds back to the WEG in Caen 2014. Watch their interview.

Gonçalo Carvalho and Batuta seem to have found a better fit, as they did a nice test yesterday which was much more stable and less tense. There was another young Lusitano horse, Coroado from Finca Tinea and presented by María Caetano, which also performed a very pleasing test. These two combinations ended up in 4th and 6th place respectively within 28 Warmbloods.




Richard Davison riding Don Bettino (by Don Primero x Painters Row xx) won the Intermediate B category with a total average of 70.159%, attained under so much pouring rain it even caused the loudspeaker system to fail temporarily. It was his second win in this class and his debut at an international Grand Prix.






The Zetta Sport Music CDI3* REAAE Grand Prix will be on in both weeks. Zetta Sport Music is offering the first Freestyle Music to the winners of tomorrow’s Grand Prix Special on Sunday 28th of february. A made-to-measure Freestyle music package specially composed for them and recorded in a studio by the orchestra and singers of the world-renowned Mariinsky.

Text and Photos © Top Iberian


Russia enters the race for the Olympics with spectacular record scores from Inessa Merkulova

Olympic Fever Rages as Final Competition Week for Olympic Qualification Begins 1 March 2016. All eyes went to Moscow this passed weekend, where the the biggest news was results from Moscow, where Inessa Merkulova scored 8% above her all time personal best.

At the 2016 CDI Moscow Inessa Merkulova RUS and Mister X receive their highest ever scores with an 82.204 in the Grand Prix and an 83.150 in the Freestyle, beating her previous highs of 74.46% and 81.375% achieved at the 2015 CDI Minsk last October. Inessa was already assured of winning the top Group C place so this did not change anything. But in the same competition Marina Aframeeva RUS and Vosk also blew away their previous highs with a 76.780 in the GP and a 78.430 in the Freestyle (previous records 71.900 and 75.630). That puts Marina into the second qualifying place for Group C with a net gain of 81 ranking points over the weekend putting her on 986 points today.

This has two effects, it knocks Beata Stremler of POL out of a qualifying place, though she will be competing in Dortmund this week; in addition, it puts pressure on the 6 top Olympic Ranking List (ORL) qualification places where Beata’s current 944 is very close to the 6th place score of 955. So Beata may be in contention for one of the 6 ORL places if she does not get the Group C place.

In Florida, Lars Petersen and Mariett DEN (Lars recently became a US citizen but is still competing for DEN) picked up points in the CDIW and is now at 955 points. This gives Denmark, at least for the moment, a 4-member team.

In Spain Goncalo Carvallo and Batuta climbed a few points to finish the weekend on 956 points, in the 4th ORL qualification place.

Lars Petersen shares 5th ORL place currently with Judy Reynolds IRL both on 955 points – which has now become the minimum ORL qualifying score. Judy competes in Doha this week and Lars may be competing in Florida. Lars entering the top 6 knocked Jorinde Verwimp BEL out of the top 6; both she and Jeroen Devroe will be competing in Lier this week looking to return to that top 6 and potentially give Belgium a 3-member team.

Status of the Olympic Summary:

Group A: Anna Kasprzak DEN 1090, and Mikala Gunderson DEN 1068
Group B: Victoria Max-Theurer AUT 1056 and Valentina Truppa ITA 1029
Group C: Inessa Merkulova RUS 1200 and Marina Aframeeva RUS 986
Group D: Megan Lane CAN 883
Group E: Yvonne Losos de MunizDOM) 639
Group F: Christian Zimmerman PLE 711
Group G: Julie Brougham NZL 805
ORL: Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI 1005, Fanny Verliefden BEL 1000, Agnette Kirk Thinggaard DEN 989, Goncalo Carvalho POR 956, Judy Reynolds IRL 955 and Lars Petersen DEN 955.
Riders within 20 points of a qualifying score (on today’s standings): Jorinde Verwimp BEL 946, Beata Stremler POL 944, Jeroen Devroe BEL and Daniel Bachman Andersen DEN on 940 points. (Only one of Lars and Daniel can qualify as Denmark already has three “qualified”.)

These weeks are filled with top Sport! Two CDI3* and a CDI4* in Lier, CDI5*s in Dortmund and Doha, a CDIW in Wellington, and CDI3*s in Jerez de la Frontera, Hastings and Caselle di Sommacampagna

Source: Eurodressage

It was a Scandinavian Sweep at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival!

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello claims absolute Win at AGDF 7 with Mikala Gundersen (DEN) and My Lady in second place and Lars Petersen (DEN) and Mariett in third place.

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello continued to display incredible consistency at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) as they made another huge statement in their second appearance this week, earning the win in the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by The Axel Johnson Group. 

 Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Don Auriello received a 79.775% for a commanding victory, while Mikala Gundersen (DEN) and My Lady collected second place with a 77.675%. Veteran pair Lars Petersen (DEN) and Mariett finished in third just behind their fellow Danish teammates with a 76.400% for a Scandinavian sweep.


Video: Grand Prix CDI, Wellington. Florida: Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and veteran partner Don Auriello, owned by Lövsta Stuteri, earned top honors in the competitive class and were the final pair to compete this afternoon, earning a 76.080%. 

Tinne about her freestyle: “It was an amazing feeling tonight. When you don’t have any problems in your test you can just let go and ride. You can go with the flow and I think that’s the feeling today, and I was very, very happy,” commented Vilhelmson-Silfven, who has represented her home nation of Sweden at every Olympic Games since 1992 in Barcelona, Spain.

She continued, “We’re actually changing the routine the whole time and changing the choreography a bit. We’ve been going back and forth for a while. It’s an ever-changing process.

 “I think when you ride a freestyle to the music, the highlight becomes when everything works out and you can follow it along the way it should be. I had that nice feeling today, and it was just right. I was happy with him overall, with the feeling he gave me and the balance we had together. I could move forward easily, and the only thing that I would be a little upset with was the first halt. He’s so on that he has no time to stop. Otherwise, it was great.”

“He’s the kind of horse that always gives his best and is always on my side,” she said. “He wants to please me the whole time and go into the arena with all of the people watching. He’s eager to go and that’s an absolutely stunning feeling to have as a rider, when your horse loves to perform.”

M. Gundersen, My Lady

Lars Pedersen, Mariett

Mikala Gundersen and My Lady, are on a winning streak. Coming off of their major win in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5* just two weeks ago at AGDF and also have found themselves consistently atop the leaderboard so far this season.

“I’m really happy with my test tonight. My goal was to have a similar test that I had two weeks ago, and I feel that I did. I was pleased with Lady, and she was very focused. She felt good throughout,” noted Gundersen.  

Even though Petersen and Mariett have been performed well this season, Petersen noted that tonight’s class felt like the first time the duo found the rhythm that makes them difficult to beat in the Grand Prix Freestyle class. Mariett, who is now 18 years old, was given off for a number of months after the FEI Reem Acra World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, NV, last April, and it has taken some time for the pair to get back into the swing of things so far this season.

“I’ve had a little bit of a hard time finding that rhythm with her again, so it’s getting better and better. Tonight I was really happy, and I think she was great. I think I could have been a little bit sharper at some points, and I don’t want to blame her because I’m so happy with her,” he said. “She’s 18 and is still fresh and going well.”


An ambitious group of Scandinavians are competing in Florida this season!

Antonia Ax:son Johnson of The Axel Johnson Group explained the organization’s deep ties with AGDF and the influence the winter circuit has had on dressage in European countries.

 “This is our sixth season here. Some of us sitting here, as Scandinavians, move here and stay here, while some of us come here and stay for months because it’s absolutely wonderful for our horses. They become so athletic, soft, and supple. I spoke with Tinne just after she arrived here with the horses and she said to me, ‘They’re different’,” said Johnson. “I’ve seen this horse since he came into our barn, and tonight I thought that he just made a beautiful dance for us. It was pure magic tonight, I truly think so.”

Source: Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle