Charlotte Jorst Making Big Strides in Her Dressage Career

Charlotte Jorst thanks USA Dressage Team Coach Robert Dover Photo: Mary Phelps
Charlotte Jorst thanks USA Dressage Team Coach Robert Dover Photo: Mary Phelps

Charlotte Jorst's exuberance is a dressage photographer's dream. Her excitement at her third place finish in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3* presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, showed as she left the arena knowing it was a good test. It was a personal best in a Grand Prix class for her and partner Kastel’s Nintendo. In the press conference following her thrid place finish to Steffen Peters, and Arlene Page Jorst commented, “Just sitting next to these people right now. Last year, I read about them and this year I’m sitting here so it’s pretty exciting,” she smiled. “I didn’t have any expectations. I was just out there to try and learn as much as I could and my goal today was to just get a clean test and see if I could get that done.” The Danish born rider, who together with her husband built and sold their Skagen Watch Company allowing her to purchase the horses she has brought to the USA has been an asset to the county's dressage horse flesh where she is now a US citizen. Jorst who is from Reno, Nevada packed her bags, and shipped her horses to Wellington and camped out in a hotel for to focus on the next phase of her journey, and it's working.

On the same day as she reached new heights with Ninetendo the news broke that Akeem Foldager was sold to Jorst in the U.S.A. The horse will arrive in America on Wednesday 11 February 2015.The 13-year-old Danish Warmblood (by Akinos x Loran x Astaire) was purchased from Andreas Helgstrand and Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak as U.S. team hopeful for the 2016 Rio Olympics.He will soon be arriving in Florida."We are happy that Akeem got an owner who can continue to develop his big talent," Andreas Helgstrand commented. "Akeem is a horse with great potential. There aren't many in the world of that calibre."

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo reach new heights in the Grand Prix Photo: Mary Phelps
Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo reach new heights in the Grand Prix Photo: Mary Phelps

Meanwhile Jorst and Kastel's Ninetendo will look to improve upon their scores in the next few weeks of the AGDF circuit and then Jorst will head back home to Reno, NV, to continue training and see what the pair can accomplish before next fall. “I would love to go ride in Europe. I’ve never trained there before or done any of the big shows. I would love to get on a team. I would go and do it if I ever got the chance,” she said.

Ever the entrepreneur, Jorst and her husband have developed the immediately successful Kastel Denmark, the stylish and cool clothing line designed to protect the skin from harmful UV rays which are an occupational hazard for equestrian athletes.




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