Akeem Foldager With New Owner Charlotte Jorst in Wellington, Florida

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Akeem Foldager being taken for a walk by new owner and rider Charlotte Jorst after arriving at the Global Dressage Festival showgrounds in Wellington, Florida. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Akeem Foldager being taken for a walk by new owner and rider Charlotte Jorst after arriving at the Global Dressage Festival showgrounds in Wellington, Florida. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 15, 2015–Akeem Foldager moved into his temporary home with new owner and rider Charlotte Jorst at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds Sunday after being shipped from Denmark where he had been ridden by Andreas Helgstrand.

The Danish-born American entrepreneur bought the 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Akinos x Loran) last week and had the horse shipped to Wellington where Charlotte has based herself for the 12-week Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

She hand walked the horse around the Global show grounds that are part of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and were busy with a day-long schedule of three arenas of a national dressage competition and three international jumper events at the grass derby field that is part of the same complex.

In an almost perfect Florida winter day of shirt sleeve weather with clear skies and temperatures that reached a high of 79 degrees fahrenheit (26C), Akeem was all eyes and acting frisky after three days of aircraft travel and confined in quarantine in Miami.

Andreas is scheduled to arrive in Wellington Monday to help Charlotte with Akeem.

Andreas competed the horse at international Grand Prix for just four months in 2013, at Hagen, Mannheim and Aachen in Germany before being selected for the Danish team at the European Championships in August, 2013. Prior to that, the horse was ridden by Joachim Thomsen of Denmark.

In pursuing her passion to compete at international levels after the sale of a designer watch company she created with her husband, Charlotte in recent years has acquired several dressage horses.

Among them is Nintendo, a 12-year-old KWPN Grand Prix stallion; Kastel’s Adventure performing national small tour, and Vitalis, a KWPN stallion she rode in the six-year-old division at the World Young Horse Championships in Germany in 2013 and went on to become the United States six-year-old champion. Charlotte moved Vitalis up to small tour last year.

She bought Akeem as a prospect for her to seek to ride on the United States team.

She works with Günter Seidel, a three-time team medal-winning Olympian for the United States,.

Charlotte currently lives in Reno, Nevada but is building a home in the San Diego area to be part of the Southern California dressage community.