This week I’m chatting with Norwegian international Grand Prix dressage rider, Trude Hestengen. Based at her own yard in Denmark, Trude regularly represents her country at the highest level competing at European and World Championships as well as winning the Norwegian championship. Read on to discover more about Trude, her ambitions, and top tips for success
Tell us about you and your horsesI am thirty nine years old and from Norway but have been living in Denmark the past 15 years. I have my own yard with horses in training and boarding and live at the yard with my boyfriend Allan. I participated at the World championship in Caen 2014 and the European championship in Aachen 2015 with the Norwegian warmblood stallion Tobajo Pik Disney, with whom I also won the Norwegian championship in 2013 and 2015. We achieved a 26th place in the Grand Prix special at the European championship. Disney was sold after the Europeans in 2015 and I had to start over with young horses. My current horses are:
- Christianslund Fürstino. 10 year old DWB gelding by Fürstenball/Cape Town S. Tino is my number 1 horse in the barn and we participated at the World Championship in Herning last year. Unfortunately, Tino was a bit overwhelmed by the atmosphere at only 9 years old, and he pulled his tongue up over the bit in the middle of the test, so the result was not very good. But we came back and won silver at the Norwegian championship and a 3rd place in the freestyle at Oslo Horse Show.
- Kick Pleasure. 8 year old KWPN gelding by Sezuan/Wynton. Kick is a very sensitive and highly strung horse with tremendous talent but not very easy to ride because of his temperament. He is very intelligent but has a tendency to over-think and do too much. I have competed him in international 6 and 7 year old classes and he has had success at national M-level.
- Svalegårds Hot Boy. 6 year old DWB stallion by Hesselhøj Donkey Boy/Blue Hors Hotline. Hot Boy is a very nice young horse which I have high expectations for. He won his M-level debut in January and has achieved some good results in young horse classes, especially at Falsterbo Horse Show in Sweden where we finished 3rd in the 4-year old finals and 10th in the 5-year old finals.