Lorenzo & Deep Impact, Olympic & World Games Mounts for Severo Jurado Lopez, Did Not Work Out for America’s Charlotte Jorst

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Charlotte Jorst on Deep Impact in one of only four Big Tour starts for the pair before the horse was returned to Denmark. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

April 29, 2020


Severo Jurado Lopez’s rides on Lorenzo at the 2016 Olympics and Deep Impact at the 2018 World Equestrian Games inspired Charlotte Jorst of the United States to acquire both horses.

Since moving to America, Lorenzo has never been sound enough to compete and Deep Impact was returned to Helgstrand Dressage last year after just four Grand Prix starts.

The two horses came back into the spotlight Wednesday when Severo announced his departure from Helgstrand Dressage in Denmark after seven years to set up his own training operation. He was successful on a succession of young horses as well as at top sport.

On Fiontini, he was world champion on the Danish Warmblood mare at five, six and seven years old and in six CDI Grand Prix starts over the past year made the pair likely contender for Spain’s team at the Tokyo Games. But with the Games delayed by a year and his departure from Helgstrand, Andreas declared he will take over the ride on Fiontini that will be 11 years old when the Olympics are held in the summer of 2021.

Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada, who with her husband made a fortune creating and then selling a designer watch company, holds Severo in high regard.

“He’s a magician with horses and there will be another horse for Spain he’ll ride to Grand Prix and win everything,” she told dressage-news.com.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Severo rode Lorenzo to fifth place in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

The following year, Lorenzo, then 11 years old, had been bought by Charlotte who declared her goal was to be on the U.S. team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018 with the German Sport Horse gelding.

Charlotte Jorst working Lorenzo after buying the horse in 2017.

It was not to be. Lorenzo was injured shortly before the first competition scheduled for the pair in 2017 and has never been competed with Charlotte.

“We have not been able to get Lorenzo sound,” she said, so there are no plans for the future.

Severo was successful on Deep Impact, a Hanoverian gelding, that he competed at the 2017 European Championships and went on to the 2018 Tryon world championships where he was the highest placed rider for Spain.

Six months later, Charlotte was riding the Deep Impact, then 16 years old, down the centerline at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.

By the duo’s fourth scheduled Big Tour start at the end of March when Deep Impact was withdrawn, Charlotte came to the conclusion “there was too much maintenance to make him not be lame.”

Deep Impact was returned to Helgstrand.

Charlotte also owned Akeem Foldager, the Danish Warmblood gelding, that Andreas Helgstrand rode for Denmark at the 2013 Europeans.

Charlotte first competed the horse in 2015 and over the next three years showed in California and Florida. Now 18 years old, Akeem has not been competed since April 2018.

Among her successful competition horses has been Vitalis that she showed as a six-year-old at the World Young Horse Championships in 2013 before being sold to Paul Schockemöhle and Lone Bøegh Henriksen as a breeding stallion. Norway’s Isabel Freese, who rides for Schockemöhle, rode Vitalis to victory in the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal in 2016, the prestigious German championship for Prix St. Georges horses aged seven to nine.

Kastel’s Nintendo–the prefix is for the sport clothing company Charlotte developed–has been her most consistent Big Tour horse. Since first competing Nintendo at Grand Prix in 2014, the partnership competed in two Nations Cups in 2015, 2017 and 2019 as well as the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2016. Charlotte and Nintendo, a 17-year-old KWPN stallion, competed on this year’s Global circuit before the Wellington shows were closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic.