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ARENA May 2014

FROM THE SCANDINAVIAN PROFESSIONALS

FREESTYLE HOW TO JUDGE IT? INSIGHT: THE NURSERY. FOR ELITE PERFORMANCE AND ETHICS HISTORY MERGES WITH THE FUTURE AT FLYINGE PROFILES: HANNES MELIN HAID-BONDERGAARD TEAM MERRALD TIPS: TRAVEL TO WEG THE COLLECTION


CONTENT The couple Haid-Bondergaard has let the TV cameras into their private sphere in order to let us understand what it takes ...

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Welcome to Dreamsportshorses.com’s newsletter. We proudly bring you notes and sport topics meant to spark inspiration, discussions and give you behind the scenes insights from Scandinavian Riders.

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Welcome to Scandinavia my friends

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Greetings. Welcome to ARENA, our newsletter

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Judging freestyle in 2014. Leif Törnblads perspective

Desiding to sell one of your best horses is a tough decision. Get to know why

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My thesis is that when a Freestyle to music is successful, everybody can enjoy and understand it.

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Are you ready for WEG?

Profile: Hannes Melin Melin Equestrian. Ambition Inc. Learn more about what it takes to be Hannes Melin.

Insight: FLYINGE & THE FUTURE National Equestrian Center of Sweden. Education for the future - with the heritage of the past

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GET READY! NEXT STOP: Normandy and the World Equestrian Games 2014

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Profile: TEAM MERRALD

The ‘Nursery’ ELITE TRAINING & CORRECT ETHICS. Knytkalaset and Plantskolan are ambitious talent development programs creating international waves

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Finding the next horse of your dreams DreamSportsHorses.com presents The Collection.


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WELCOME

FRIENDS

EVA S.FISCHER (Manager)

WE HAVE HAD A GREAT START TO OUR PROJECT OF LAUNCHING OUR NEW SERVICE: MARKETING OF EXCLUSIVE SPORT HORSES DIRECTLY FROM THEIR SCANDINAVIAN PROFESSIONAL RIDERS. AND WE HAVE SEEN INTEREST FROM AROUND THE WORLD, MANY HAVE BEEN TO VISIT - OTHERS HAVE SIGNED UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER. SO WELCOME TO DREAMSPORTSHORSES ARENA!

BUT, WHAT IS DREAMSPORTSHORSES.COM ABOUT? That is what a lot of people ask us. It’s a dream! And it is a serious project! A dream of bringing the result of world-class breeding, horsemanship, respect of and ethics in education of sport horses in Scandinavia, to the attention of ambitious riders and horse lovers around the world. And then, a project of bringing transparency, ease and trust into the matter of buying an outstanding horse. Breeders of Danish and Swedish Warm blood are producing some of the world’s best horses. A combination of systematic and clever use of the best bloodlines and a long tradition of horsemanship – combined with healthy pastures with lots of summer light. But horses do not become outstanding sport horses without the right training and riding - that takes good riders and trainers.

All factors in place, the result: A lot beautiful horses made for top class sport performances. We are marketing professionals – and keen equestrians. We work with the ambition to further our members businesses and to be presenting them and the result of their work educating and training of outstanding sport horses. It is a central value to us that we always show respect for the horses and that we are bringing the highest ethics in our services: premium presentation and honest marketing. Following our ambitions of contribution to the equestrian sport, we invite professional riders, stables and trainers to become members of DreamSportsHorses to the best of our knowledge, in this way to be delivering trust and transparency to the marketplace. We look forward to be presenting the best of Scandinavia to you!


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DreamSportsHorses Member Helene Bjรถrnhager riding Bardolino.

HEALTHY HAPPY ATHLETES. HERE HELENA BJร RNHAGERWITH BARDOLINO


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TOP DOCUMENTARY TV-STARS

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FOR CHARLOTTE AND RASMUS HAID-BONDERGAARD 2014 HAVE MEANT BEEING IN THE SPOTLIGHT OF SWEDISH POPULAR MEDIA AND BEING DISCUSSED ENDLESSLY ON SWEDISH SOCIAL MEDIA. THE TV SERIES: ‘THE RIDER ELITE’ (RYTTAREELITEN) ON SWEDISH NATIONAL TV HAVE LET THE AUDENCES IN BEHIND THE SCENES.

CHARLOTTE HAID-BONDERGAARD IS PROBABLY THE MOST DISCUSSED SWEDISH RIDER THIS YEAR! The Swedish TV show ‘Ryttar-

eliten’ aired on SVT, is produced as a documentary, and is about the life as a professional rider on top-level. The series that premiered early 2014 has been a smash hit with viewer ratings way above expectations. And season 2 is now under way, planned to show in 2015.

Charlotte & Rasmus Haid-Bondergaard

‘The Rider Elite’, even thought the layout is a documentary TVSeries, the drama and the challenges of being a professional rider have ended up delivering a program with elements of a “Docu-Soap”. And a show that the broad Swedish audiences have just loved! The fact is that ‘Ryttareliten’ takes us not only into the sport and the teams, – but also set out to expose both expressed and implied family dramas. Charlotte Haid-Bondergaard and husband Rasmus both have a dream of the spotlight, but so far she is the one who received the most resources. Lisen Bratt Fredricson and husband Peder are worried about children and finances. Daniel and Alex Zetterman are coming to grips with a broken family. And the show let audiences into a sport that is often mocked as a female-dominated social movement, and into how elite riders are dealing with the realities of top sport equestrianism: the unsuccessful shows, the disappointments of injured


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Rasmus Haid-Bomdergaard with Graded Stallion Flash Danser I.M. Photo taken at Flyinge in Sweden.

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horses and the struggle to make a difference in a sport that often is reported on the sports pages with a comments about the horse doing all the work and that the rider just got lucky. ‘Ryttareliten’ shows that the truth is much more complex than that. ‘Everyone who watches the show get’s to know us, and know how hard we toil’, says Charlotte Haid Bondergaard, member of the Swedish dressage team. And being allowed behind the scenes also reveals the personal struggles to make ends meet and s ucceed in a difficult and hard sport, amongst these riders, that otherwise are perceived as members of ‘the jet-set’. ‘For me, it has been very important to be honest and open, even if the camera is rolling and I know that I am exposing myself’ Charlotte explains. At first the TV show gave a big response on social media, people telling me of and calling me spoiled, but after more shows, people in the audience got to know us, Rasmus and myself, a bit better. So by episode 2 or 3 I started gaining positive feedback on social media and was asked to give other interviews to the press. So I guess, here by the end of the first season, people have begun to understand that, what at first can seems like ‘being on a roll’ and being very privileged actually involves a lot of sacrifices and a lot of hard work.

WORKING AND COMPETING WITH HORSES AT TOP LEVEL IS A CHALLENGING LIFE. THE COUPLE HAID-BONDERGAARD HAVE LET THE TV CAMERAS INTO THEIR PRIVATE SPHERE IN ORDER TO LET US UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TAKES

FACTS ABOUT CHARLOTTE AND RASMUS HAID-BONDERGAARD: Charlotte & Rasmus Haid-Bondegaard are both formally trained and examined riders. Charlotte from Strömsholm and Rasmus from Warendorf in Germany. As they were both making careers in Germany their paths intertwined somewhere around Grönwoldhof, where Charlotte was training for Herbert Rehbein … and so did Rasmus. The couple now lives in Skåne in Sweden, where they are running their business; Norrehee Dressage Stable. An international facility for education of riders, training and sales facility for quality dressage horses. Charlotte is a part of the Swedish National A-Team and competes Internationally in FEI Grand Prix Dressage level. Rasmus, who also competes internationally both at Young Horses and at S-level Dressage, has the commercial responsibility of running their investments in young horses and for the sales stable. Both Charlotte and Rasmus trains for Kyra Kyrklund as members of Knytkalaset.


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Leif Törnblad judging the Danish National Champioinships at Broholm in june 2013.

HOW TO JUDGE

ARTICLE BY LEIF TÖRNBLAD, International 5* Judge

FREESTYLE? “RIDING SHALL NOT BECOME TOO RULEBOOK DRIVEN – WE NEED TO LOOK UPON GRACE, ELEGANCE AND THE HAPPY ATHLETE IN GOOD COOPERATION WITH THE RIDER”

PER DEFINITION, THE JUDGES JUDGE ALL FREESTYLE TESTS THE SAME WAY. THERE IS A GROUP OF TECHNICAL MARKS GIVEN FOR EACH OF THE MOVEMENTS THAT ARE REQUIRED AT THE SPECIFIC LEVEL, RIDDEN. THESE TECHNICAL MARKS ACCOUNT FOR 50% OF THE END RESULT.

SINCE 1985 THE FREESTYLE DRESSAGE BECAME AN OFFICIAL RECOGNIZED PART OF DRESSAGE COMPETITIONS. Since competitions

THE JUDGES ALSO HAVE TO GIVE FIVE MARKS FOR THE ARTISTIC IMPRESSION OF THE FREESTYLE TEST. TWO OF THE FIVE ARTISTIC MARKS ARE CLOSELY CORRELATED TO THE TECHNICAL EXECUTION OF THE REQUIRED MOVEMENTS AND THE QUALITY OF THE HORSE´S GATES AND ABILITY TO SHOW THE QUALITY NECESSARY. THE THREE MOST “DIFFERENT” MARKS FROM THE “GIVEN” TESTS ARE MARKS FOR CHOREOGRAPHY, DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY AND COMPOSITION AND INTERPRETATION OF MUSIC. THOSE THREE MARKS ARE OFTEN THE MOST DISCUSSED MARKS AND THE MARKS THAT PROVE TO BE THE MOST DIFFICULT TO REACH AN UNDERSTANDING AND AGREEMENT ON.

began, in 1985 at Grand Prix freestyle level, competitions have been introduced at all other levels from Pony, Juniors and Young Riders to Intermediate I level for Seniors. Riders and judges do not always have the same perception on what is difficult and what is a beautiful choreography and when it comes to music everybody including spectators have an opinion. This frequently raises the question of how Freestyle is judged – or rather how it should be judged.


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9 The International Equestrian Federation and the top international judges have worked on how to define good choreography and degree of difficulty when it comes to Grand Prix Freestyles. Unfortunately there has not been the same focus on the lower levels. It is however even more difficult to assess what is degree of difficulty when it comes to a Pony freestyle. The reason being that the riders are not allowed to incorporate movements that are more difficult than required. For example; it is not allowed to make flying changes in a pony test or half passes that are too steep in Junior freestyles. Nevertheless judges are asked to evaluate degree of difficulty and choreography at all levels and the riders all make an effort to create good freestyles without really knowing what the demands are. I have during the last year tried to make seminars directed towards trainers and riders where I, as judge, give directions on what judges consider difficult and nice. I have in that way entered into a good dialog with riders and trainers and during these sessions. Riders, trainers and myself is learning and developing a common understanding. When it comes to music, I also try to convey how we judge music and what is important and what is not. In my opinion, the only way to make judging less mysterious is to have an ongoing dialog with all involved parties. Some experts are working on computer programs that can help the judging process. One of the propositions is that judges should know in advance the choreography of the freestyle test and that the test beforehand is rated with a degree of difficulty mark and the judges then subtract marks if and when mistakes occur. Others have propositions that we should have a metronome to find out about how the rhythm of the music is fitting to the horse´s movements. All these suggestions come from people supplying technology to support their ideas. I am opposing this since I consider Dressage to music as a sport but also as an art, where riders and their horses show their best possible performance of the day. We need to be able to be surprised by something new and we need to be able to enjoy the

riding to music without having to count steps and rhythm. Riding is not something mathematical, it is something the spectators as well as the judges shall enjoy and be happy watching. My thesis is that when a Freestyle to music is successful, everybody can enjoy and understand it. The technical performance as well as the artistic supports each other and when both the technical and artistic part of the performance is good, then we have found a winner. To support my opinion on this matter I would like to refer to history. I cannot recall any winner of the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle or winner of a large championship since the beginning of the Freestyle era that has not been the correct winner in the eyes of spectators, press, judges, trainers and riders. Our main task is to define the demands of the freestyle at the lower levels of dressage to music. We need to help and support especially the young people in creating good freestyles fitting to our horses. Riding shall not become too rulebook driven – we need to look upon grace, elegance and the happy athlete in good cooperation with the rider.

MY THESIS IS THAT WHEN A FREESTYLE TO MUSIC IS SUCCESSFUL, EVERYBODY CAN ENJOY AND UNDERSTAND IT. THE TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE AS WELL AS THE ARTISTIC SUPPORTS EACH OTHER AND WHEN BOTH THE TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC PART OF THE PERFORMANCE IS GOOD, THEN WE HAVE FOUND A WINNER.


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Edward Gal (NED) riding Totilas Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI

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GET READY! NEXT STOP: NORMANDY AND THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 The Equestrian Games is a spectacular event, particularly for those who love horse-based events such as show jumping, endurance riding, dressage and vaulting. It is an amazing opportunity to capture Games fever as it happens in its hosting country. The Games also include other less well known events: combined driving, eventing, para-equestrianism and reigning which will make for fascinating viewing. Although in 2010, the Games were controversially held in the USA rather than their traditional home of Europe, they are back where they belong for 2014, in stunning Normandy. Not only will Normandy itself be buzzing with excitement over the games, and the Equestrian events will be incredible in themselves, but Normandy is a truly fantastic place to visit. There are a range of fascinating historical sights such as ‘Pointe du Hoc’ and the D-Day beaches. If you are an avid walker, there are many hiking routes and amazing scenery like the Falaise d’Etretat, which will be incredible in summer.

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REEM ACRA FEI World Cup Champion 2014 Charlotte Dujardin will challenge Edward Gal to take his title- can he maintain it? Or will Helene Langehanenberg? Photo: FEI.org


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EVENTING STAR & DRESSAGE ABITIOUS

Hannes Melin with dressage horse Amigo

H. MELIN HANNES HAS A SERIOUS TALENT – AND A SERIOUS AMBITION: TO BE REPRESENTING SWEDEN IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN BOTH DRESSAGE AND EVENTING!

LUCK IS PRODUCED BY WORKING REALLY HARD And that is probably why Hannes loaded his horses in early March 2014 to train with Christopher Burton in England where spring arrives early. Hannes is qualified for the WEG 2014 in Eventing for Sweden.

by my sister Tove. I’m actually very, very lucky to have a sister that rides dressage at national level, that I can just “leave” my dressage horses with, when away either to compete or to train my Eventing horses’ Hannes continues. That is one of my success secrets!

‘I have to get a good start on the 2014 season in order to be able to compete at top level in end of August. In Sweden the Eventing season starts at least one or two month later compared with continental Europe and the UK. So in order to improve my chances of doing well at the WEG 2014 I have to get a jump-start this season’ Hannes Melin explains.

What is not a secret is that Hannes is above average ambitious. Realizing in an early age that being a professional rider was all he wanted to do, Hannes have competed successfully on Pony, then as a Junior and as a Young Rider competing both in Eventing and Dressage internationally. Now being part of the long-listing for the Swedish Eventing Team for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, Hannes is determined to work even harder than before getting there.

‘Getting a jumpstart means leaving home - bringing my 5 Eventing horses and leaving my dressage horses to be trained and cared for

QUALIFIED FOR THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014, HANNES WENT TO ENGLAND TO TRAIN WITH CHRISTOPHER BURTON, BRINGING 5 EVENTING HORSES. AMONGST THOSE HIS TOP HORSE PICCADILLY Z AND THE RISING STAR, QUICKSTEP.

‘Being part of both the Eventing Talent training program RIDE TO RIO, and also part of Plantskolan, “the Nursery” in dressage and coached by Jan Brink, means that the stepping stones are laid out’, says Hannes. ‘But besides, that I strongly believe that it is the everyday effort that makes the difference’. And the Melin family seems to have gone all-in in order to support the ambitions of Hannes and his talented sister Tove. Recently the family relocated to Henriksdal, (situated in Everlöv, horse center of southern Sweden) an equestrian facility that al-


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FACTS ABOUT HANNES MELIN: BORN 1989 MORE THAN 20 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN EVENTING. 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR PONY AND YOUNG RIDERS IN DRESSAGE. PART OF THE SWEDISH EVENTING SENIOR TEAM SELECTED FOR THE TALENT PROMOTING PROGRAMME IN EVENTING BY THE SWEDISH OLYMPIC COMMITTEE .

Hannes Melin pictured on a swedish stamp Hannes Melin riding Lortzinger 25, a GP dressage horse with solid international reslts


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BEST DIFFICULT

CHOICE WE HAVE TALKED TO SANDRA MERRALD ABOUT THE DIFFICULT CHOICE OF SELLING HER ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC HORSE, KNOWING THAT YOU WOULD JUST LOVE TO RIDE ON - BUT REALISING, THAT YOU WILL NEED TO TURN OVER THE REINS BECAUSE TIME HAS COME TO PRIORITZE A CIVIL CAREER IN BIOMEDICALS!

Sandra Merrald, part of Team Merrald, and sister to Nanna Merrald.


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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. Their achievement includes: 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

A TOUGH DECISION - BUT THE RIGHT ONE. How can you put a

horse like Weltliebe on the market? – He’s absolutely fantastic, he suits you well, and he’s healthy? Why don’t you keep him and ride international GP tournaments?” and so the questions go on to Sandra Merrald and her family, Team Merrald. “And the fact is, that it’s a difficult decision. I have been riding Weltliebe for more than 6 years now and he’s my friend and a fantastic dressage partner, but I must realize that I cannot deliver the effort and time, needed to take him to absolute top level. And he deserves it, being so talented! – You know, I will be graduating with a degree in degree in Biomedical Engineering this summer and I have to start working full time in order to pursue my civil career … Working full time does not leave time for tournaments, training and the mental focus that top level dressage implies as recipe for success! So my difficult decision has been taken. Weltliebe and I will have to part ways. He must find a new rider that can deliver the responsibility and focus to utilize his capacity” Sandra explains. But why don’t you just let Nanna ride Weltliebe? – Could she not take over? “Of cause I will let Nanna ride him”. Sandra says. “Nanna already took over the daily training of Weltliebe a few weeks ago, coming back from the FEI World Cup in Lyon where her own horse, and World Cup partner Millibar sadly injured himself in the box so he could not compete. – Nanna already competed Weltliebe at the Danish National FVR show in Intermediate and won the class with 70%. The plan is that Nanna rides and competes Weltliebe until we have found the best new match for him” Sandra continues. “Our plan is that Weltliebe should compete Small Tour and Grand Prix internationally with Nanna over the summer. When she travels with Millibar it’s natural that she can take Weltliebe as well. This gives me the chance to ease into my new career and hopefully for Weltliebe to show what he is capable of gaining experience with Nanna. The fact is, that even though she is my younger sister she has more experienced at this level – I also realize that I cannot sponsor her for the very long haul and for future with Weltliebe as her ride. She would need another sponsor”. That’s just the fact of a Riders life; always having to take a lot of best, difficult decisions! Sandra Merrald riding Weltliebe for the DreamSportsHorses film camera early spring 2014.


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At Flyinge you can study natural sciences and math and learn to ride as well!

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AT FLYINGE THEY EDUCATE PEOPLE & HORSES Flyinge is one of the world’s oldest active national studs, dating back to the 12th century. It is an equestrian center for breeding, research and training. The stud is situated about 15 kilometers from Lund in southern Sweden and was established as a royal stud by King Carl X Gustaf of Sweden in 1661. Since 1983 Flyinge AB has been owned by a trust and has a wide range of activities, including breeding of the Swedish Warm Blood, equestrian sports, veterinary medicine, training and various events. Correct education of the horses is of essence at Flyinge. Here it’s Olof Axellson in daily training.


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SWEDEN’S NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER IS WHERE MORE THAN 350 YEARS OF EQUINE EXPERIENCE JOINS THE FUTURE

KNOW-HOW FLYINGE – WHERE HISTORY MERGES WITH THE FUTURE

FLYINGE IS A CENTER FOR EQUINE STUDIES AND EDUCATION. It is a place of outstanding beauty, where historic buildings contrast with ultramodern architecture; it comes complete with chattering storks on the roofs and magnificent horses in the stables.

Flyinge runs several educational programs. At university level there is a course in cooperation with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The course leads to a university diploma in equine science. There is a specially designed high school program in hippology/natural sciences at Polhemskolan in Lund. Every year 30 high school students are admitted to Flyinge, where they also have an opportunity to live in modern student accommodation. In 2006 a Qualified Vocational Course started at Flyinge, specializing in the training of young horses. There is also an educational program for farriers. In terms of training, the guiding principle at Flyinge is to combine the art of traditional riding and driving with modern science. Today Flyinge’s CEO Marianne Lilja Wittbom is taking the traditions to the future with a strong focus on heritage. Flyinge is host to clinics, seminars and courses in all Equestrian disciplines, at all levels and throughout the year. Experts from around the world are invited to share their knowledge and experience at many of these events. Some of these clinics feature the ”Flyinge model”, a system which is aimed at optimizing training and developing the potential in young horses. Training and matching young horses is Flyinges special focus. You also have an opportunity to bring your own horse to Flyinge so that you can enhance your skills under Flyinge instructors. Flyinge offers five indoor arenas, a cross-country course, a racetrack and outdoor rings, as well as riding and driving paths, and is very well equipped for all types of courses and events. The Young Horse Education is part of Flyinges school progams


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Nursery Student Anna Zibrandtsen riding at Tullstorp Dressage Stable. Photo: DreamSportsHorses

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“THE NURSERY”

ELITE TRAINING & CORRECT ETHICS

ESTABLISHED IN 1998 BY KYRA KYRKLUND, ÅKE BJÖRSEL AND JAN BRINK, KNYTKALASET, (THE NAME KNYTKALASET REFERRING TO A POTLUCK SUPPER – AND TRANSLATING INTO, ‘COMPETENCIES UNITED’). KNYTKALASET AND PLANTSKOLAN ARE AMBITIOUS TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS CREATING INTERNATIONAL WAVES.


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Kyra Kyrklund and Elin Aspnäs preparing for a DreamSportsHorses photo and film session

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NOW, 16 YEARS LATER, KNYTKALASET HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS AN EFFICIENT AND SUCCESSFUL ELITE TRAINING ACADEMY, PRODUCING RIDERS AND HORSES OF INTERNATIONAL TOP-CLASS.

Now as then, the objective is to increase the competence of the riders, trainers and horses on a national level in Sweden. As with increased competencies amongst the riders the result is an increase in the amount of well-educated dressage horses and horses at top Grand Prix level. And not to forget better international sports results for Sweden. Today, where the general level of riding competencies in Sweden and internationally has increased over the years, the educational challenge is not only about the end result of the performance – but the ethics of the art of dressage riding and the route of getting there”, says Jan Brink. What is the best way ‘getting there’? Not only for the rider - but also for the horses? That’s why we have established ‘The Nursery’ (Plantskolan) a second leg in Knytkalaset’s efforts to deliver support and knowledge sharing to talented upcoming riders as well as the top and national and international level riders. The Nursery is a program for the young riders. The juniors, YR’s and the U25’s. “Here we focus on maturing and developing the riders – their performances as well as their ethics. And we are in there for the long haul, because horses are not tennis rackets and each rider has to learn how to develop their horse with respect and according to the training scale using correct approaches. Dressage is a partnership with your horse. Definitely not exploitation. And we strongly believe in the right way – not the easy way”. And as Kyra states: “It

is like sculpturing and creating a piece of art”. Her goal with her students is “to make them independent and thinking riders, who themselves are able to educate horses up to Grand Prix in a responsible manner”. The academy has already an international echo and has created an interest amongst various national Junior and Young Rider teams. During the Global Dressage Forum held on October 28 and 29th 2013 Jan Brink and Kyra Kyrklund presented their ambitious talent program and demonstrated their training methods during a clinic with young athletes and their horses. (Nursery, Plantskolan riders and horses). A new international academy might be shaping! So far the Knytkalaset program has produced more than 30 Grand Prix horse and rider combinations. But don’t be distracted the Nursery students will be in front on the international arenas in the future. We look forward following their successes. Kyra Kyrklund is the ‘number one’ clinician in the international dressage world. Kyra Kyrklund became a professor in Equitation by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. As a trainer she has trained more than 30 international Grand Prix riders. (source: Global Dressage Forum)

Jan Brink instructing Hannes Melin in a Plantskolan session at Tullstorp Dressage Stable.


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Weltliebe International Grand Prix talent Rider: Sandra Skodborg Merrald View video here >>


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Donna Romma International Championship star

Rider: Elin Aspn채s View video here >>


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DELICIOUS A Gentleman with style. PSG ready.

Rider: Louise Estrup View video here >>


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EDZER NRPS Dutch PRI Pony

Rider: Helene Brinck View video here >>


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NABUCCO R Graded FEI Pony Stallion

Rider: Kally Hansson View video here >>


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MEGS GANGSTER Impressive, polite and talented. M ready young horse!

Rider: Birgitte Byrialsen View video here >>


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FLASH DANCER I.M. SWB Exceptional Graded stallion

Rider: Rasmus Haid-Bondergaard View video here >>


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GYARADOS Full elegance and charm!

Rider: Tove Melin

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LORTZING 25 Imposant and experienced!

Rider: Hannes Melin View video here >>


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XANTÉ Talented young mare. M-Dressage

Rider: Olof Axelsson

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LARCAS SORAYA Absolutely Beautiful! A Princess ‌

Rider: Elenore Simberg View video here >>


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BARDOLINO Plug’n Play at Intermédiate and GP level!

Rider: Helena Björnhager View video here >>


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AMIGO A very talented friend PSG Ready.

Rider: Hannes Melin

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PITCH DARK A beautiful diva designed for dancing

Rider: Martin Holfelt

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