This week I’m chatting with Anne Troensegaard ; Danish international Grand Prix dressage rider. Read on to discover more about this very talented lady.
Tell us a little about you and your horses
I am a nurse by education, but I ride as my profession now. I have been representing Denmark at the championships since I was a pony rider, and have been to Nordic, European, WEG and the World Championships for young horses (4 times with 3 different horses).
At the moment I have:
Kipling TSF is a gelding from 2010 by Hofrat/Hohenstein on whom I won bronze at the World Championship for young horses when he was 7.
Delizia is a mare from 2013 by Fürstenball/De Noir, who represented Denmark at the world Championship in 2018
Seigneur a gelding from 2016 by Florenz/Hotline
How did horses come into your life?
They came in by my mother, who had a horse. I started on the riding school when I was 4 years old.
How long have you been riding?
All my life 🙂
When and where do you ride?
I ride every day and I have my horses at Slangerupgaard in Ringsted Denmark. It is a private stable where we have all we need, including a wellness with water treadmill, cold water spa and vibration floor. At the place there is also a horses dentist clinic with some of the best dentists in the country.
How did you start riding?
My mother put me on a horse and I never came down again.
What you and your horses currently working on?
The young horses are just building up their body and the basic work, and we ride a lot outside with walks in the nature, just chilling.
Delizia working towards small tour and Kipling is getting stronger in the GP exercises and train towards this.
If the weather allows it, I start their rides with a long relaxing walk in the nature.
What do you love about riding?
I like the collaboration and the special bond you get with the horses.
What you would you like to be doing in the future and do you have any goals?
My goal is once again to be part of the national team at the championships.
Have you ever had to deal with nerves in riding?
Actually, I am so lucky that I don’t struggle with nerves in competitions.
Your Top Tip
Hard work, dedication and never give up!
The Final Furlong
Who would be your dream horse to ride?
It would have been amazing to ride Cosmo and Valegro, but I already have my dream horse in my stable.
Who is your equestrian hero?
So many extraordinary riders to look up to, Ingrid Klimke is on the top because she such a complete rider. Isabell Werth, I admire because she has been and still is on the top of dressage through 30 years and producing one after the other GP horse. Eva Müller is also one to look up to, she rides with an elegance and grace, and is outstanding to educate the young horses. Charlotte Dujardin and her special partnership with Valegro.
If you could have 5 people to dinner who would they be?
Barack Obama, Woody Allen, Hella Joof, Ricky Gervais and Albert Einstein
Favourite colour horse?
By the moment I have my black pearls, but really, a good horse does not have a colour.
Favourite horse event
I eat all kinds of food, but the Italian Kitchen is something I like a lot.
Favourite way to relax
Under a palm reading a good book
Slumdog Millionaire, The Lion King and Million Dollar Baby