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Mette Rosencrantz is looking toward a bright future thanks to her stable full of rising stars. The Swedish native, who was twice a member of the Swedish National Dressage Team and was winner of last year’s Las Vegas Invitiational Grand Prix with Basquewille, is setting her sights on a number of big prizes this season – the National Dressage Championships and the Olympics.
Rosencrantz, one of the many top riders supported by ThinLine Inc. , knows that when it comes to horses, nothing is for certain but that’s not stopping her from making a run for some of the biggest competitive events of 2008. However, getting a big prize isn’t as important to Rosencrantz as the trip there. "I love the journey, that’s the fun of it," she said.
Basquewille, a 17-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding sired by Woernitz out of Mette Smed, is now back on track for an Olympic try out after battling for some time with a stubborn abcess. Rosencrantz is also aiming him at the National Dressage Championships for Grand Prix. "He has such a wonderful work ethic. He works so hard and doesn’t complain, He’s such a good character," she said. "So, I’m not giving up and he’s not giving up. I’m not going to force him but if we can build up his strength week by week there’s nothing he can’t do. So, we’re going to go out there and be in the running for the Olympics and we’ll do our best."
Basquewille isn’t the only horse Rosencrantz, based at Mill Creed Equestrian Center in Topanga, California, will be campaigning this year. She’s actually got six top horses in her string that will be out and about this season. For the past few months, they’ve all been busy at home doing the best they can to stay in shape and on the ball in order to be ready for the season of CDI competitions that’s now kicking off in California. The past few months have been a slow time in California as there have been no major shows and Rosencrantz said this past winter has been slower than normal thanks to the constant rains hitting California.
"Many of us have been eager to go out. We’ve had so much rain this year and and it’s hard for us because we don’t have many indoor rings," she said. "Thus, it’s been a hard year for getting prepared for the shows becasue we’ve just not been able to train much. We’re very dependent on the weather." But with the help of Birgitta Bergsten, an FEI "I" judge who visits Rosencrantz each winter to get her and the horses "back on track," Rosencrantz is certain that she and her string of stars are ready for the tough show season ahead.