HOW IT STARTED
I am Margrethe, 30 years old, born 16.05.1990 in Baerum, Norway. I have always had a great passion for animals, and particularly horses. I started riding when I was 6 years old at a riding school close to home.
As a pony rider, junior and young rider I had my horses at a stable close to our home in Norway. My parents were (and still are) my biggest supporters and accompanied me to all the competitions. During this time I trained with the Norwegian Olympic rider, Morten Aasen, who followed me on my first steps in my showjumping career, and also to my debut at the European championship as a junior rider.
ADVANCING TO PROFESSIONAL
When I completed high school, I moved my horses to Sören von Rönne in Hamburg, Germany, to learn and develop as a rider. There I really could make the next step and learn how to ride real, international Grand Prix. Also, I learned more about other factors such as how to develop young horses, how to put everything into a system, and also about managing the different horses. Not the least, I also learned German.
Another Mentor of mine, who I have been lucky to train with, is Franke Sloothak. When training with Franke, I made another step which was to start competing at 4* and 5* shows. I also made the qualification for the World Equestrian Games and the European Championship.
I also learned how to do the „Dobbellonge“, which is a great way to work the horses from time to time. Dressage work was also something that really came into focus, and still is, after this.
I am so thankful for the possibilities I have had, and still have, to train with very nice and smart people so far throughout my showjumping career. I still see the people i have trained with as my mentors. We keep in touch today and can always discuss horses and the sport.
Now I am based with my horses at the beautiful stable of Janne-F Meyer-Zimmermann and Christoph Zimmermann in Pinneberg, Hamburg. Here I train with both Janne and also Tjark Nagel. For me, the last years has been going well, with much development. It includes Grand Prix placings, I was long listed for the World Equestrian Games and the European Championship and I competed with the Norwegian Team at several Nations Cups.
It is super for me also to train with a woman like Janne who has achieved so much. With the help from her and Tjark, maybe one day I will also stand at the podium.