Daniel Bachmann Andersen Leaving Denmark’s Blue Hors Stud

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Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Horse Zack at the 2019 European Championships. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

May 12, 2020

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Daniel Bachmann Andersen, the Danish team dressage rider, is leaving Blue Hors, the stud announced Tuesday, to set up his own business with his wife, Norwegian dressage rider Tiril Anerud.

Daniel, who will be 30 years old next month, was the chief rider at Blue Hors, owned by the Kristiansen family that also owns Lego.

Daniel was successful on several horses for Blue Hors, including Zack that he rode on the Danish team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018, two World Cup Finals and the 2019 European Championships.

He is ranked No. 10 in the world on Zack and 12th on Blue Hors Don Olymbrio.

Daniel planned to compete Zack, a 16-year-old KWPN stallion, for a place on Denmark’s team for the Tokyo Olympics but when the Games were postponed for a year the stallion was returned to stud duty.

Daniel has been riding for Blue Hors for more than 5 years. During the past 3 years he has achieved top results on the horses Blue Hors Zack, Blue Hors Don Olymbrio, Blue Hors Zepter, Blue Hors Zee Me Blue and Blue Hors Veneziano both nationally and internationally.

Agnete Kirk Thinggaard of the Blue Hors ownership family has taken over competing several of the horses, riding Zatchmo, Don Olymbrio and Veneziano at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida this year.

Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Blue Hors Zatchmo competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Welington, Florida. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“Blue Hors thanks Daniel for his great and always professional attitude with a special focus on the horse’s well-being and we wish Daniel all the best,” said Ulrik Gerstorf Sørensen, Blue Hors sports manager.

Daniel has been coached by Lars Petersen, the Danish-American trainer based in Florida who is the trainer for Blue Hors.