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Successful SWB horses in dressage/para-dressage

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Rolecz (SWB: Rosevelt - Chikoria x Calino), bred, owned, and ridden by Anna Nilsson

By Anette Sånesson (translation Hillevi Brasch) / SWB
Photography: Roland Thunholm

In mid-May the 2024 Swedish Championships in dressage took place at the beautiful and sunny Grevagården on the outskirts of Skövde, where ten winners in various championship classes emerged.

We are pleased to report there were many successful Swedish Warmblood (SWB) horses in the different classes.
Half of the horses competing in the Grand Prix level Swedish championship were SWB horses. Unfortunately, none reached the top three placings, but did secure secured close placings. Among them were three horses that had made the journey all the way from the young horse championships as youngsters to the advanced classes. They stem from influential and powerful Swedish dam lines and with sires that all have competed in international Grand Prix dressage.

Para-dressage Grade I gold medal awarded to Anita Johnsson
riding Currant LA

The 10-year-old Zenit made his Grand Prix debut in November last year, finishing in an honorable fourth place in this, his first Swedish Championship. Zenit is a true family horse from Gränsbo Stud Farm. His sire, Zuidenwind, has been a successful breeding stallion at Gränsbo for many years and an international Grand Prix dressage competitor with Rose Mathiesen. Zenit’s dam line has been in the Gränsbo family since the 1980s and has produced many successful dressage horses. The dam, La Bohème, is a full sister to the Elite stallion Bocelli, who, together with Rose Mathiesen, competed successfully in international Grand Prix for many years and represented Sweden in the 2011 European Championships.

Childrens’ bronze medal for Kardinal (SWB: Diarado - Chanell K x Continue), ridden by Esther Brandberg

In fifth place was Rolecz, a horse that competed as a youngster in the finals in the young horse championships as both a five- and six-year-old and has since progressed all the way to Grand Prix, skillfully ridden by Anna Nilsson. Rolecz is also a true family horse, bred by Anna’s mother, Lena Nilsson. Following closely behind, in sixth place, was Izack ridden by Cecilia Bergåkra. Cecilia and Izack form an experienced duo with numerous international competitions and championships on their resume. Izack’s dam, Idonna, is an Elite mare producing no less than four offspring in S-class dressage... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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