I'm moving to Arroyo Del Mar, San Diego

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but it’s soon December 1st. What happened to the fall?? Where did 2018 go??

It’s hard to keep it all going, when my days are filled to the brim, and still write something on my home page!

The only thing I can come up with is, that my days are filled with horses, clients, and so many things that makes the days fly away! Fun.. but not enough hours!! I’m sure that’s the problem!

I think all of you know by now that I’m moving down to San Diego, and Arroyo Del Mar, in January of 2019.

I will become a member of Steffen and Shannon Peter’s team, and are asked to be one of the trainers.

I will work independently, and bring in clients and horses for training - full or part time! It’s a beautiful facility, and very inspiring for anyone who wants to become a better rider. Surrounded with nice riders, trainers, and staff! Remember that you are always welcome!

I have done clinics, ridden in clinics, gone to shows, and all the rest…

My time at Equinox Equestrian Center has been great!!! A huge Thanks to Karen Bristing for opening up her beautiful barn to me, when I so needed it! No one will ever understand, how I felt to be back home! Karen, I will owe you forever!!!

I would liked to have stayed. But this great facility only has a few stalls, so there is no room for me to bring in clients or horses. It’s full! So after a year and Steffen who called, I had to make a decision. I need, as everyone out there, to pay my bills… so I’m on my way! And I’m sure it will be great!!!

My parents taught me, that if you want something to happen - make it happen!

There is one more show this year. Only a one day show at LAEC in Burbank. I will ride “Ram” in a PSG and Anna will ride my beloved GP horse Marron in an Int II. It will be very exciting, and I’m sure she will do great! It will be a fun day!!

I have only one more clinic to do before the holiday, and this time it will be down in San Diego. Another great one!!

Thanks to all of you for support and friendship, and Thanks to my best sponsors.

Triple Crown; The best feed on the market!

Custom Saddles; How could I ride this good if I didn’t have the best saddle?!

Platinum Performance: Nutritions for every horse, for every reason, every day!!! My horses looks great, feels super, and are happy athletes!

PS of Sweden: beautiful everything! Bridles, pads, wraps, just name it…they have it!

Goode Rider: once again came out with a super cool fall and winter collection. Have you ever seen me in a picture without something from them?? Their jackets are my life!!!

The best gloves from Heritage: Always on my hands!!!

MasterMind: super fitting breeches, and so much more!!

It takes a village!! Thanks to All of you!

Mette

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From The judges point of view

Once again my best friend, mentor, and international judge, Birgitta Bergsten, came to visit and work with me and my horses.

Things are different from the judges point of view, which often is different to what we riders think!!

At the end of the day the judges are the ones that will let you know if you are the winner or not!!!

There are so many points we give away, just because we don’t think about it! Lines, geometry, straight and bend… The lines can go on and on!

It’s super to work with a highly respected judge. Is it good?? good enough?? or not at all!?? That’s the question!

Straight is straight, correct is correct…That’s the thing!

Birgitta was almost my first riding instructor, and I was 11 years old! She taught me to ride - taught me to teach. She is my rock! She has judged Isabell Werth, Reiner Klimke, and all the rest. She has traveled the world, judging - so many stories to tell. 

But the best is, what is correct is correct, and we all have to work to do it right!

I love the journey, never feel that I know how to do it, but I’m working on it, with trainers, riders, and friends to be the best I can!

Thank’s Birgitta for taking 10 days to come and help me! Thank’s to Anna Blomdahl to help out with everything!! Very much appreciated!!! She also got help with some tests! Anna did go through Int II on her super nice horse Lourdes, and Third 3 on Zara!! Very exciting!

Next week Anna and I will ride at the Halloween Spooktacular Dressage Show In San Diego. I will bring out Ram in PSG for the first time, and Anna with Zara in Third 2 and 3. It will be a fun show!

Thank’s Birgitta for a super fun time!


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The winner takes it all

This year’s season is coming to an end and I couldn’t be happier with the way Marron and I finished it off, with two big wins in the CDS and USDF Regional Championships in Grand Prix!

Every year, so many of our great California riders, qualifies to ride in the Championships. For many, it’s the real highlight of the year. This time, the finals were held here in Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank.

Region 7, which is our region, includes California, Nevada and Hawaii. Over 350 horses participated in all the different levels, the classes where not only huge but also very competitive since we are fortunate to have so many good horses and riders in this region. I was amazed by how well the show was organized, thanks to the California Dressage Society and the Cornerstone Dressage Events who worked really hard to make this a fantastic weekend.

For me it was extra fun to be able to show how great Marron still is and even though he is now 18, he still has it!

I was qualified to ride in the Championships with all three of my horses but chose to only bring Marron and keep the other two at home to work towards the next, higher levels. They are both doing really well and I’m looking forward to bring them both out soon.

As our next show we are heading down to San Diego for the Spooktacular Halloween Dressage Show in the end of the month where Ramour will be doing his first Prix St. George.

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National Dressage Finals, Lamplight, Chicago

So once again, I think this was the 7th time I had a horse in the Finals. It’s always exciting to try out, and then just hope that you will make it.

This year, just like in 2017 I did qualify with my Grand prix horse Marron.

For the past couple of years the Finals has been in Gladstone, NJ, but this year we were at Lamplight outside Chicago.

The venue is beautiful and this year there were so many different categories of dressage. Everything from the young horses, juniors, young riders, developing horses - just name it, and it was there.

Because off that, there were a lot of great horses, riders, trainers, and spectators. It’s always inspiring to meet them all. It makes you work harder, always try to train, teach, and ride better! I like that!!

I flew with my horse and we arrived a couple of days before the show. It’s the best way to travel, but it is expensive. There were 14 horses on the flight, so we were a big group of riders that arrived early.

What’s fun about that is that you finally have a chance to see your friends, more then just to say hi! At a normal show there is no time to talk, we all ride, teach and very seldom have time to catch up! Californian riders, trainers, and grooms are so much fun that I enjoyed spending some extra time with them.

Marron was great at the show! The scores were very close and I had really good rides! I We ended up in 4th place over all this time. I know at heart that we could have been better…But it’s a new day, every day!

The respect and comments from my pals are sometimes more valuable to me then a comment from a judge. It was so much fun to meet so many riders, trainers, and friends from all over the US and it’s just sad that the country is so big, that it’s hard to stay in touch.

Anna Blomdahl came along, once again, to help me out as a groom, and I’m very thankful for all her help!!! Anna is also the best photographer and is the one that always takes all the great pictures! She has the best eye!!!! As well as Cory Walkey who is a great eye on the ground and a fun supporter!!!

The next show coming up for me and Marron is the Regional Finals in the end of September. This year it will be at LAEC in Burbank. I will show GP on Friday and Sunday!

Both Ram and Fuego has also qualified for the Regionals but I have decided to have them stay home and we will continue to work towards the next, higher level.

The fall is filled with training, clinics, and much more. My friend and international judge, Birgitta Bergsten, will come next month to help me from the judges point of view. She has an eagle eye and always knows how to ride every movement correct.

I will also attend the “Queen of dressage”, Isabell Werth’s clinic in San Diego, but only as a spectator. This will be very inspiring! I’m very much looking forward to an interesting fall!

I will keep you posted on what’s going on!

Mette

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Flintridge Dressage Show CDI1*

Another successful show, once again at the beautiful Flintridge Riding Club in Pasadena, CA, where I have competed for the last 30 years!

Five classes on my three horses Fuego, Chrevi's Ramour and Marron resulted in five winning rides, all over 70%. Fuego in 3rd level, Ramour in 4th level and Marron in Grand Prix. Chrevi's Ramour won his 4th level test on Saturday with 73%! Marron was super throughout the whole test and even got a 9! 

It was sure a fun weekend! As always, a huge thanks to my supporters and sponsors! With correct feed, nutritions, tack for the horses and outfit for the rider, it makes it go even better! 

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Marron- Grand Prix

  Chrevi's Ramour - 4th level   Photo: Anna Blomdahl

 Chrevi's Ramour - 4th level

Photo: Anna Blomdahl

Reception for US Dressage Owners

As an owner and rider for the Nations Cup 2017, Mette received a beautiful trophy with her and Marron's name engraved on it together with the dates of the two Nations Cups in Europe which the pair participated in, as part of the US Dressage Team. 

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Rancho Murieta CDI3*

It was a wonderful ending of a great week at the CDI3* in Rancho Murieta, CA.        Despite the weather, that once again was horrible, with covered arenas and a well organized show it all worked out. 
Marron won the CDI GP Freestyle with a high score of almost 74% and he would have also won the Grand Prix if I would have walked to the correct letter. I picked S instead of H and that was a 2% deduction from each judge for that mistake. We still ended up second but the win was mine. 
My other two horses, Fuego (3rd level) and Chrevi's Ramour (4th level) won their classes and both of them are stepping up to the plate. Not sure right now, when the next show will be for me, but this was a really good one! I will keep you all posted!

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