Please meet two lovely girls who will share their horsey lives in Sweden with us on here. I believe it’s wonderful to be able to have an insight into equestrian life in various countries as well as share the spirit of improvement and yearning for better communication with our horses. I hope you’ll enjoy the ups and downs of two very determined young city girls as they fit horses into their lives!
Over to Lo and Filippa:
We are two girls, Lo and Filippa, who are blogging together. We are 14 and 15 years old and come from Stockholm, Sweden. You will get a more personal presentation of us both now so you get to know us and our horses. We think it´s really fun and a great opportunity for us to guest blog here! We will add a post every week from now on! Hope you like it!
My name is Lo and I am 14 years old. I am rather ambitious and know what I want and I do what it takes to get me there, but I am also a very happy girl who just likes to chill whith her friends.
I started riding almost nine years ago, so I’ve been riding as long as I can remember. I was riding at a horse back school 2-3 times a week and thought it wasn’t enough. I was mostly interested in dressage because I thought and still think that jumping is a bit scary. So when we started looking into buying a horse we looked after a real dressage horse that could jump a little, but it was in dressage I wanted to develop my skills.
Almost precisely one year ago I became the owner of my dream horse! It was amazing and sometimes it still feels unbelievable that he is my very own horse! His full name is Uptown Boy but I always call him Boy. He is a twelve-years-old dressage horse who with his last owner competed up till FEI level. Boy is a Swedish riding pony and precisely 148 cm.
When I was riding him for the first time I knew from the very first moment that he was the perfect horse for me. He is well schooled, not afraid of much but with a lot of energy and a will to work. The only bad thing about him is that he sometimes has too much attitude. When he doesn’t want to do something he can stop and kick. But that is the only bad thing, so otherwise he is perfect.
I train twice a week with my dressage trainer and I try to jump once every week because Boy really likes it.
My goal in riding for next year is to qualify at national level and to be able to compete next fall. But the most important is off course just to have fun!
Hello! My name is Filippa! I am 15 years old and live in an area called Malarhojden. I am a very happy but focused girl, if I have a target or a goal, nothing can stop me from getting there. I am also very competitive. Lo and I usually write our blog in Swedish, so writing in English is kind of a new thing for me. I hope I’m doing well.
I started horse back riding when I was about 7 years old. Before then I thought that horses where quite big and scary. I started riding at a riding school called Sundby Ridning club. I took lessons in both dressage and showjumping. I also competed, mostly in showjumping. When I was younger, I thought showjumping was way more fun.
At the riding school, there were only ponies and I went riding 3-4 times a week for 7 years. Last year, in February I got my first own pony. It felt unbelievable. A dream come true. My horse lives 30 minutes by car from me. Otherwise I take the subway, and then a train, and the subway again and then a bus to get to the stable, it takes an hour. It’s very hard to find an available place at a stable in Stockholm.
My horse’s full name is Risdalens Bella but I call her Bella. She is an 11 years old, 144cm mare, Danish riding pony, imported from Denmark. She is a very nice and calm horse, never afraid of anything, but she can sometimes be difficult to ride because she has her own mind. She came to Sweden when she was 6 years old and since then she has been trained in both showjumping and dressage. However, for the past 2 years she has not competed in showjumping because the last rider was a bit scared.
I wanted a horse that could both jump and do dressage because I think that both is fun. Since February Bella and I gotten to know each other. Our strengths and weaknesses.
We have trained a lot. We have also competed a bit, which have gone very well. Bella fits me perfectly and I love her for that. I have a lot of fun with Bella and she makes my everyday a great day.
See you soon!