THOMAS BACH JENSEN reports on 15 Danish Warmblood breeders, riders visiting Florida

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Danes ar Two Swans Farm in Wellington with owner Carol Cohen middle row left side in white short, daughter Rebecca center holding dog and Tina Konyot light blue shirt.
Danes ar Two Swans Farm in Wellington with owner Carol Cohen middle row left side in white short, daughter Rebecca center holding dog and Tina Konyot light blue shirt.

THOMAS BACH JENSEN, reporting for RIDEHESTEN magazine and Danish Warmblood, provided this report and all photos to Dressage-News.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 31–I’m in Florida with a group of 15 Danish Warmblood breeders, and riders from Denmark. The trip has been organized privately among Danish Warmblood breeders and has so far proved to be an immense success. I’m representing the Danish magazine Ridehesten and Danish Warmblood on this trip, and will write a number of articles from Florida.

We are here for 12 days and have a very busy schedule visiting some of Florida’s most exclusive training facilities and best riders.

We’re mostly interested in dressage, but are also meeting some Danish jumping people out here, and as many Danish Warmbloods–like Strapless and Rumba–have become some of the best hunter horses in the U.S., we’re also going to watch some hunter classes and will have a professional trainer explaining to us what a good hunter is.

We were very fortunate to have been invited to Carol Cohen’s beautiful Two Swan Farm to watch Tina Konyot and her Danish stallion Calecto V by Come Back II at a clinic with U.S. Rider of the Year 2009, Steffen Peters.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V
Tina Konyot and Calecto V

This was an amazing treat. No need to say that Tina’s lesson with Steffen was just breathtaking. All the Danish dressage enthusiasts just loved watching Tina’s impressive stallion dance.

Steffen always comes across as warm and gentle person with strong communication skills, and helped Tina get Calecto to perfom his very best–and to stop the lesson as soon as everything fell into place and worked perfectly. A great experience.

Sue Roberto and Arabella
Sue Roberto and Arabella

We also had the pleasure of seeing the Danish mare Arabella by Rambo (previsouly ridden by Heather Blitz) with her rider, Sue Roberto. It was also a great pleasure to find Horse of the Year 2009, Ravel, enjoying himself in one of the great stalls at Two Swan Farm.

Ravel
Ravel

Carol is the most fantastic person. A warm-hearted, enthusiastic and attentive host, and she and her daughter, Rebecca, love Danish horses and the people who breed them! Many of us were truly touched by Carol’s incredible hospitality and the way she cares for all her animals.

Steffen Peters’ groom, Rafael, with his new Danish Warmblood cap which was a gift on condition that he makes sure that Steffen’s next top horse will be Danish! But he wasn’t sure he could arrange that.

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