Swedish Teacher of the Year, and GP-Rider Pether Markne with former Dane and partner Per Sandgaard are heading to Wellington, Florida to do a team teaching clinic for the first time ever. The famous couple belongs to the Swedish A-team and both aim to go to the Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Per and Pether train, live and teach together.
“We have such different personalities that it brings a lot of dynamics into our classes,” says Pether. Per surprised his colleagues in 2004 by qualifying 15-year-old Zancor for the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. Zancor was e at age 13.ond levelse here and made a super r - un ur classes, says Pether,, an unknown KWPN gelding, foaled by a simple school horse and had not done more than second level dressage by age 13.
“Zancor was one of those horses that you meet once in a lifetime,” says Per, who still misses the horse that was sold to Nadine Capellmann right after the games. Today he has two new GP –horses in his and Pether’s barn, just south of Stockholm.
Orient and Memphis are two very talented and capable horses that might be seen in the Olympic Games of 2008. Per and Orient were part of the Swedish bronze medal team in the European Championship in Turin 2007.
Pether rides the gorgeous KWPN Goodtimes gelding, Nijinsky, who is taking the judges by storm every time he shows. “We haven’t been able to show too much due to the fact that Nijinsky has had a shooing problem.
I believe to have solved the issue now. He looks better than ever.”
In the Olympic Games of 2000 in Sydney, Pether showed Kyra Kyrklund´s former stallion, Flyinge Amiral, with great success. ( Amiral 764 died in Canada in 1999 but still has one of the highest breeding values in the SWB studbook based on the performance of his offspring).
Per and Pether train up to 100 students per week all around Scandinavia. Per returns to Denmark every month to train his friends and former colleagues. Pether trains not only the future GP riders in dressage but also the Swedish A-team in jumping. His student, Malin Baryard, was ranked #1 in the world in 2005 with her mare Butterfly Flip.
For more information about the clinic, please contact Kathy Crosby +1 978 317 9090