Fall is here and we are getting started with the indoor season. We had a busy month with three international shows. Here is a little summary of my journey:
Photo: The arena
I like to come to Riesenbeck because the facilities are always top standard, the people are very friendly and helpful and we don't have a long way to go from Hamburg.
We used the show to prepare our horses for the indoor season and the upcoming 5* show in my hometown Oslo. Tjark (Nagel) also joined me this weekend to help and support me. It is nice from time to time to have somebody at the show to support me. Somebody who knows me and my horses so we can discuss the courses together and do the warm-up together, somebody watching from the ground and who maybe sees something that I don't notice when I'm sitting on the horse. We had a good show with many clear rounds. Fighter was placed in the 1.40 final on Sunday, and with Indi and Lugano i mostly concentrated to keep a good rythm to give them a good feeling for the next show.
Oslo Horse Show - CSI5*-W
Oslo is always one of the biggest highlights of the year. It is so nice to ride on such an amazing show in my hometown. I especially enjoy spending time with family and friends and I feel very motivated to try to do my best in front of such a good crowd.
Oslo Horse Show is every year the first leg of the World Cup season so a lot of the best riders in the world are coming there to compete to try to collect World Cup-points. Norway had three spots in the World Cup, which Family Gulliksen got. But I was happy to ride the 5* anyways, and I could try to be good in the other classes. I was placed two times with Indi during the show. We finished 6th in the 1.40 m and 10th in the 1.45 m World Ranking Class, so we got some ranking points for the World Ranking.
Photo by Une Susrud
I am so thankful to come to this show organized by my former trainer, Morten Aasen, who has been organizing this show for many years.
In the end of the month we went with the whole team from stable Meyer-Zimmermann to Neumünster. It is a nice CSI1* show, and a good show to bring the younger horses for getting more international experience. I could for example bring my new 6 year old mare to get to know her better. It was the first time for her to compete international, and she did very well. It is for sure different for the horses when they are not used to stay in a different stable, with all the noices and stress that belongs to an international show.
Neümunster is a popular show for all the people in Holstein and Scandinavia, since there are not many big indoor shows in this area. In between I went back to Hamburg to ride the horses that didn't come with to the show. And because mostly all the 1* cometitions are done on Saturday, it is possible to have a more relaxed Sunday for once, before we start into the new week.
It was allowed to ride in the main arena the day we arrived before they built the course for the first class. That is good so we could show the horses the ring once before starting the first competition.