Dressage Consultant and Kür Programme Expert
Area/Town: Mid Zealand / Hvalsoe
Special achivements: Several World Cup placements at Stockholm, Odense and Neumünster. Winner of U25 Grand Prix + team gold in CHIO Aachen 2013, Silver medal YR Danish National Championships, European Championship Silver medal YR 2012, Junior Gold Danish National Championships 2011, European Championship Junior gold + Nordic Championships Junior Team Gold 2011. In prior years numerous other championships as Juniors and in Pony Dressage.
Team Merrald is one of the most shining examples of family success within the equestrian sport in Denmark. A family were you find true horsemanship and a work ethic next to none.
Based at Lykkesholm, an equestrian facility in the country side of Hvalsoe, the Merrald family is dedicated to the equestrian sport on all levels. Their facility hosts Hvalsoe Riding Club – a club with a broad scope and ambition to educate students in both jumping and dressage. Nanna Merrald is the family’s no. 1 sports star and a member of Team Denmark, Denmark’s Olympic talent programme. She is also winner of multiple international YR and Junior titles – and even as YR of Senior titles. Besides her own top level tournament riding she finds time to be teaching students at Lykkesholm. Sandra, equally talented to Nanna, has chosen to pursue a Bio Engineering Degree besides dressage riding – and thus has to part her time between ‘jobs’ – naturally scaling her tournament participation and focus down a bit. Mother Helle, also a competitive dressage rider, is responsible for the management of the Lykkesholm facility. Father; Torben is Chef d’equipe.
All the family’s international tournament horses have all been acquired as young horses and educated up to S/GP level by the Team Merrald in union; Helle, Sandra and Nanna. The team is trained by professional Michael Sogaard, who visits Lykkesholm once a week.
Presenting following horses: