Spain’s Severo Jurado Lopez Leaves Helgstrand Dressage for Own Operation

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Severo Jurado Lopez on Lorenzo at the 2016 Olympic Games where the pair placed fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle. © Ken Braddick/

April 29, 2020

Spanish dressage rider Severo Jurado Lopez leaves Helstrand Dressage Thursday after seven years to go into his own business that includes training some horses from his former boss.

“I have very big news today: I decided to quit my job at Helgstrand Dressage and open my own small training stable,” the 31-year-old rider said in a news release . “It’s been a lot of fantastic years working for Helgstrand and we have a lot of unforgettable memories together, but now it’s time for a new chapter in my life.”

He is setting up the business in Denmark with his life partner, German dressage rider Annika Damrau, with plans to have only a few horses so as to focus individually on customers.

“It has always been my dream to have my own stable and now I feel ready for it,” said Severo, who was highly successful with both young horses and at top sport, placing fifth on Lorenzo in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2016 Olympics.

He rode Deep Impact on the Spanish team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. The horse was then sold to Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada as was Lorenzo after the 2016 Olympics.

Severo Jurado Lopez and Deep Impact. File photo. © Ken Braddick/

“The last seven years have truly been an adventure for both Severo and Helgstrand,” Andreas Helgstrand said in a news release, “but we know that everything has an ending and a number of our riders start up on their own when they have got the experience and reputation that it takes. It is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to such a talented and skilled rider but luckily we have had the pleasure of working with Severo for many years and are therefore very happy for him.”