By Anette Sånesson / SWB
Photography: Michaela Swärd, Roland Thunholm
Göran and Ingrid Linell have been breeding horses for six decades. Now, their sons Fredrik and Martin and their families have taken over a highly successful mare line, while grandchildren Wilma and Ludwig have started to show their skills in the competition ring.
“Of course, we are proud,” says Göran, with agreement from Ingrid. Horses have always been a part of the family. Göran grew up with horses and made his own competition debut in 1957. The breeding of horses began in the 1970s, initially on a smaller scale, but that has expanded over the years. The interest in horses and showjumping has been passed down to Fredrik and Martin, who both have competed successfully in showjumping. Fredrik in S-level classes and Martin up to 1m40. Their respective partners, Lina and Emma, also compete in showjumping, as do Fredrik and Lina’s children, Wilma and Ludwig.
“For our part, there is less and less riding,” says Lina, with agreement from Fredrik. There are 15 horses in the show barn, and their employed rider, Matilda, helps the family exercise the show horses. “It’s more enjoyable to accompany the children to competitions,” continues Lina, who atteded some international competitions with Wilma during the spring, when she represented Sweden in children’s classes.
The family resides in Dösjebro, in the region of Skåne, in the south of Sweden, and the farm is just a few minutes walk from the Dagstorp equestrian facility. Fredrik and Lina have taken over the family farm, while Martin and Emma live at a neighboring farm a few hundred meters away. Göran divides his time between the two operations and has no trouble keeping busy during his retirement. Ingrid also lends a hand when extra help is needed. “We miss Göran when he's not here,” says Lina, and the whole family agrees that the extra help combined with the experience and expertise is invaluable... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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