(Reno, NV) - Charlotte Jorst is eagerly anticipating the U.S.A. arrival of her new competition partner, the dark bay Dutch-bred stallion Nintendo (Negro x Rodieni R / Monaco). In his most recent Grand Prix competition at the CDI Falsterbo, Nintendo ranked fourth in both the Grand Prix - WDM on 71.277% and the Grand Prix Kur to Music - WDM on 75.675% under Helgstrand Dressage's master rider Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard. "I am so happy to bring Nintendo to the U.S.A.," Charlotte said. "He is a talented guy and I am looking forward to getting to know him better over the winter. When I tried him out at Andreas Helgstrand's stable, we just clicked! Nintendo is so beautiful and so much fun to ride."
Charlotte and Nintendo will spend the winter getting to know each other, with an eye toward qualifying competitions for the August 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. "He's a confirmed Grand Prix horse, although he has been only lightly competed," she reported.
Known for her bright smile as well as her recent accomplishments in the dressage arena, Charlotte has been planning for Nintendo long before she first rode him. "I have been so lucky to have great horses, and I've learned a lot from showing them, so I thought it was the right time to 'up my game' and find an internationally competitive Grand Prix horse."
Exciting 2013 Show Season
Charlotte's show record for 2013 was packed full of excitement. With her 6-year-old Dutch-bred and Westfalian-licensed stallion Vitalis, by Vivaldi, she was the sole representative for the U.S.A. in the 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage in the 6-Year-Old division, placing 13th. At the 2013 Markel/USEF National Developing Horse Championships presented by HorseShow.com, Charlotte and Vitalis captured the Markel/USEF National Developing Horse 6 Year Old Championship with an overall final score of 9.152, including a perfect 10 for his trot work. Charlotte and her 8-year-old black Dutch Warmblood gelding Adventure, by Ferro son Special D, won the 2013 Markel/USEF National Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Reserve Championship on an overall final score of 70.859%.
At the 2013 California Dressage Society Championships and GAIG/USDF Region 7 Championships, Charlotte won five championships at four different levels with three horses, plus two reserve championships.
Adventure was Champion in CDS Horse of the Year, Fourth Level, Adult Amateur, on 73.997%; CDS Horse of the Year Prix St. Georges, Adult Amateur, 71.776%; and Great American/USDF Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges Champion, Region 7, 72.632%.
Tristan, her Dutch Warmblood gelding by renowned jumper stallion Burggraaf, was Champion in the Great American/USDF Adult Amateur Grand Prix, Region 7, with 64.362%, and Reserve Champion, CDS Horse of the Year Grand Prix, Adult Amateur, on 60.851%.
Wilkens, her 9-year-old Hanoverian stallion by Waterford, was Champion, CDS Horse of the Year, Third Level, Adult Amateur, on 72.172%, and Reserve Champion, Great American/USDF Adult Amateur Third Level, Region 7, with 69.038%.
At year-end, Charlotte rode away with two Adequan®/USDF Final Awards number one rankings: for Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges with Adventure on a median score of 70.789% and for Adult Amateur Third Level with Wilkins on a median score of 72.436%. Plus, with Tristan, she ranked fifth for Adult Amateur Grand Prix on a 63.085% median score.
Looking Toward the Future
"Nintendo will be a great addition to Kastel Stables," Charlotte said of her home base in Reno, Nevada. "We have a relaxed environment, where we enjoy the horses as a family as well as train for competition."
Charlotte, a Danish-born American citizen, trains with German-born, California-based Volker Brommann, who will be a presenter at the 2014 North American Global Dressage Forum. Additional training opportunities with USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach Scott Hassler and U.S.A. dressage team powerhouse Steffen Peters have added to her tool box as well as her dreams.
With her horses Vitalis and Adventure, Charlotte was invited to participate in the USEF Dressage Observation & Strategic Planning Sessions with US Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe Robert Dover, to be held November 23-24 in Thousand Oaks, California. The sessions were developed to provide training and/or strategic guidance for athletes to aid in achieving their international potential and success.
"I was thrilled to be selected! Being able to represent the U.S.A. in Verden definitely gave me the desire to earn a spot on Team U.S.A. for future international competitions. I know it takes a lot of hard work, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with Robert Dover," Charlotte commented.
With so many goals already represented by the awards in Charlotte's stable, does she have her sights set on the Olympics or the World Equestrian Games?
"I share that goal with a lot of talented riders, and many of them have more experience than I do. But I'm aiming to catch up!" Charlotte said with her trademark smile. "I count my blessings every day: my wonderful horses, super training, and endless support from my family and friends. I am living my dreams!"
Fashion is Fun For Charlotte
Another dream fulfilled is the recent launch of her Kastel Denmark line of apparel: "Kastel" evoking a protective fortress, and "Denmark" honoring her contemporary design inspiration.
Stylish Kastel Denmark shirts are made of protective and breathable UPF 30 UV fabric that Charlotte said is "cooler than wearing nothing" and available in eight stylish color combinations, inspired by the beautiful kastels of Denmark, the oldest kingdom in the world, and reflecting contemporary Danish design. Jackets are equally fashionable, as well as being wind- and water-resistant, with dual-zipper hand pockets and a removable hood, in four color combinations that coordinate with Kastel Denmark shirts.
Now available at www.kasteldenmark.com, Charlotte reports that sales are fantastic, at the stores that have become distributors so far and direct sales from the website. "It's so fun to design something that everybody can enjoy! I wore the prototypes all year in training and competition," she reported, "and they stood up to all kinds of weather, laundry and my haphazard packing without showing any signs of wear."
Charlotte and her husband Henrik are known for building Skagen Designs from a small watch company focused on a niche market into a worldwide brand that was recently acquired by Fossil, the largest watch company in the world. They also raised two wonderful daughters, both competitive hunter/jumper riders.
"My family has been so supportive, and I couldn't be more grateful," Charlotte said. "To be able to bring Nintendo to the U.S.A., to enjoy my other wonderful horses, and create Kastel Denmark is a dream come true!"