Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’


Finetex & 100 Posters

February 6, 2011

Finetex, by Tornesch ~ Framed

It’s been an incredibly busy week getting organized for my upcoming trip.  One highlight was the pleasure of signing a commissioned painting.  Presenting the final painting of  Hanna Neubauer’s Finetex by Tornesch.  This painting is 8×10, oil on canvas and softly detailed – yet quite expressive I believe.  I met Finetex on my last trip to Sweden and I am so excited to hand the painting over to Hanna in person in two weeks!

Finetex, 8x10 Oil on Canvas

The rest of this week was spent finalizing the Limited Edition Posters to be sold in Ale Ridsport’s booth during Eurohorse Fair.   Two wonderful people in my life stepped up to help expedite this project. I can graciously thank Erica Pratt and Pete Paterson for coordinating the layout and printing of these posters.  The quality of these posters that I am able to offer clients is beyond my dreams!

Polsbury Palermo RNF Limited Edition Poster, 17"x22" (43cm x 56cm)

Each poster is printed using archival inks on heavy stock photographic papers with a smooth luster finish. I know how meticulous Mr. Paterson is and each poster will be inspected to ensure the finest print possible.

Catwalk Poster, 17"x22" (43cm x 56cm)

There were two images selected for the posters.  Catwalk was chosen by my readers popular vote (thank you to everyone who voted!) . We also chose to print Polsbury Palermo to show another side of my painting style…and I know Mia is very fond of this painting and the subject matter  🙂

There are ONLY 50 of each –  I hope that everyone planning to attend Eurohorse Fair will make a visit to Ale Ridsport’s booth to grab one of these while they last.  Retail price $25 CDN, 165 SEK, 19 Euros.  Signed copies on-site available.  Pre-orders inquire


My Trip to Sweden – Part II of II

July 2, 2010

Part II of my Swedish Adventure ~ if you missed Part II, click HERE to read ~Links of Interest are highlighted, just click for more information on that topic.

Ida and her Swedish Warmblood Mare, Nina Ricci

Horses and work aside, the most memorable part of my trip was meeting fantastic people along the way.  A woman named Ida Finn-Melander, was certainly one of those. A friend of Maria’s, Ida helped at the farm over the weekend I was visiting. In between translating for the occasional client for me, we shared a tour through her beautiful countryside home-to-be, plus some great stories of her life experiences working for the famed German showjumper, Paul Schockemöhle. Ida owns an elegant Swedish warmblood mare ‘Nina Ricci’, by the stallion Sandakan 1078 (Sandro Hit) When the clouds parted the same morning I photographed Maria’s Pallie, we darted off to photo Nina too. My husband and I were struck by her immediately, and her uncanny resemblance to a mare we previously owned – What do you think?

Uncanny resemblance of Ida's mare and our previously owned mare, Illusion

Next photo-session was with Hanna Neubauer’s 3-year-old gelding ‘Finetex’ by Tornesch 1042. Tall and handsome with an exceptionally laid back disposition. My helpers hid in the tall grass to get a rise from him for our photos…and super photos at that ~

3 year old gelding 'Finetex' by Tornesch

My visit at Maria’s farm ended too quickly, but we had to leave for our next stop near the city of Helsingborg, in the south of Sweden. This location brought us close to another great personality I had met during the clinic. ‘Sofie Andersson’ was a participant in the Albert Voorn clinic and lives on a farm just outside of Malmö.  She invited us over to see her farm and where she rides her horses on the beach and sand bars…BEACH..did someone say ‘ride on the BEACH??’ ..if you are a horse person..okay, maybe even if you aren’t, there is a certain freedom and magnificence when you visualize horses and beaches together. For those to have the opportunity to gallop on a beach, you likely soon don’t forget it. This we had to see!

Sofie and me ~ the beach & Denmark behind us

Sofie greeted us, took us down a grassy path to her big sand ring, out a little treed opening then there we were, on the beach in south Sweden, Malmö in the distance, Denmark across the Öresund strait, and the bridge connecting the two countries, just beyond that.  As my luck would have it, the water was high that morning, too high to ride on the beach 😦  Most days Sofie takes her horses down to the sand bar you see just poking up from the water to the right of picture. Sometimes even hauling her jumps down to the beach, as Sofie says ‘the footing is always perfect!’

Sofie's 'Cathena' - by Cardento out of a Maraton Dam

I asked Sofie about her up and coming prospects and she took us out to meet her five year old mare ‘Cathena’ – She is quite excited about this CardentoMaraton mare. She is a full sister to Olivier Philippaerts jumper mare Carisma (see inserted video below). Carisma this year, won the  Grand Prix of Junior Riders at the international show of Reims in France, and the Nations Cup for Junior Riders for team Belgium also in Reims. This jumping line is in high demand and Sofie has turned down some serious offers on this mare. Cathena had a foal last year and Sofie is just started working with her again. I will look forward to updates from Sofie on this mare’s progress. Many hopes for her that she turns out to be her next Grand Prix winner.

Sofie rode a different mare in the clinic with Albert – ‘ Handsken’ or Hanna for short.  Her breeding is Hand in Glove xx out of an IrcoMena (Irco Marco) dam.   Hand in Glove xx is considered to be one of the most successful Thoroughbred sires of performance horses of modern times. During his lifetime, Hand in Glove won races as a two-year old, then was trained in dressage up to Prix st. Georges level and continued his career as a Grand Prix jumper. He was approved as a stallion by 15 different studbooks, and used by breeders in Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Brasil, Spain, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Switzerland, USA etc.  Remarkable!!.. and truly an influential thoroughbred stallion to many great warmblood lines today.

Sofie Andersson and Hanna, jumping in 1m40 class

Sofie sent me an update last week:

Me and my horse are doing great and I’m practicing “the Albert riding”. I can hear his voice in my head when I’m riding :).  Last Sunday I road one class with “Hanna” (Handsken), 1m40 with jump off, we were double clear and placed 2 nd. I tried to ride à la Albert and it worked super. I’m so pleased that I got the chance to attend the clinic.… my lovely mere, 🙂 I’m a lucky girl…:)

Wishing much continued success to Sofie… Thank you for joining me on my Swedish adventure. I don’t know if this makes sense to you, but I think I learned at the end of it, that there really wasn’t an end, but just a new beginning. I rather like this idea of traveling through my work and I know I will see my new friends again.  However now that I’m home, the real work begins and I must get back to painting!! I will be beginning the studies of my Swedish commissions this month, and completing my other local commissions.  One notable is Ds Wando, who is running in the Queen’s Plate this Sunday.  Good luck to him!!

Keep checking in for more ~