Mikala Münter. Florida-based Championship Rider for Denmark, Gets New Grand Prix Mount to Compete as American
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Sept. 7, 2018–Mikala Münter. the Florida-based international championship rider for Denmark, has a new mount that she plans to compete at Grand Prix as an American.
A 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding named Farbentanz was bought by Janne Rumbough for Mikala to compete as a successor to My Lady, also owned by Janne. Farbentanz (First Dance x Alabaster) will move to Janne’s MTICA farm near the Global Dressage Festival show grounds.
Farbentanz was found in Hungary a year ago by Wellington-based German Kevin Kohmann as his first personally owned horse and he was develping it for Big Tour. But he was convinced by Ernst Hoyes, the longtime coach of Mikala, that Farbentanz was too small for Kevin and better suited for Mikala.
“Another journey,” quipped Janne, a key figure in development of dressage in Florida decades ago and an active amateur competitor at the age of 74. She will be riding exhibitions at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon next week.
Mikala rode the Danish Warmblood mare My Lady for Denmark at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, the 2015 European Championships and 2014 World Cup Final as well as a top money earner on the Global circuit. My Lady was retired from competition in 2017 after more than five years of competition at big and small tour.
“What is really fun about Farbentanz is that he’s the total opposite of My Lady,” said Mikala. “He’s a gelding, he’s chestnut, he has a big blaze, socks, and being a gelding he has a completely different attitude; he’s very sweet and very sensible.”
She credited Kevin with a “really, really great job” of educating Farbentanz over the past year to prepare the horse for Grand Prix.
“We’re buying a dream,” said the 49-year-old Mikala.
“I would like to ride for the U.S. as soon as I can,” she said. “I hope I can get it done by New Year’s. I feel that it’s time for me. I’ve been here for 14 years and next year will be my 15th show season in Wellington and I feel this is my home. I’m thankful for all the years I’ve been able to ride on the Danish team and hopefully one day I will be able to ride on the U.S. team.”
She described as “amazing” programs to develop youth riders in America with “a ton of good riders out there that are learning to make their own horses, train and develop them. It’s a really good program and good support system in this country. I want to be part of that, helping to develop that.”