Cecilie Dybro Jensen, an ambitious Danish young rider who dreams of reaching the top in her sport, has recently been selected to participate in the Blue Hors Talent programme.
Blue Hors Talent
Blue Hors stud in Denmark has created the "Blue Hors Talent" programme to maintain and develop a talent base, and to help talented young riders to be among the best in the world.
One could say that Cecilie's passion for horses is in her blood – she comes from a true horse family, with a little sister who also competes in dressage, a father who is a farrier, and a mother who’s always ridden and who used to take little Cecilie along to the stable in her pram. Cecilie is grateful for the opportunity and looks forward to joining the professional team at Blue Hors.
A month ago, Cecilie started working with one of the Blue Hors horses, the 7-year-old Hopy Utopia (by Chippendalex Métall).
“It's a great opportunity for my development. Hoby is an incredibly beautiful horse that likes to work and is consistent every day, which I really appreciate. I’m now putting time into working with him and getting to know him. We hope to compete in MB0 in the near future. He is a beautiful horse and I look forward to seeing what the future holds.”
The change from riding as an ambitious amateur to a “job” as a Talent rider comes with responsibility. These talented young riders must act as role models, using their successes and commitment to help motivate others to realise their dreams.
The contract covers not only services offered by Blue Hors in the form of trainers and of course talented horses; it also includes the expectation that the talented rider remains in good physical condition and adhere to the same horsemanship principles as our other riders.
Blue Hors Talent riders must demonstrate both potential as well as the right values (described in more detail in Team Denmark's “Basic values for talent development”), as they contribute to the positive image of Danish dressage.
A Great Opportunity
Vibeke Degn Andersen, the former Danish National Pony Dressage Team Trainer, is delighted with the news. She believes this will be a great opportunity for Cecilie. Vibeke has been Cecilie’s trainer since 2012, instilling in her young pupil the principles of horsemanship. These values fit perfectly with what Blue Hors stands for. She thinks that Cecilie has come far in her riding and has much potential for further development.
Vibeke is also enthusiastic that Blue Hors Sports Director Ulrik Gerstorf Sørensen has scouted Cecilie:
“I thought it was great of Ulrik that he came to North Jutland. Cecilie and her horse Nørgaards Leonora qualified for the Danish national youth team over several years. He saw that this is a girl who knows something about riding," said Degn Andersen.
About Blue Hors Talent
The Blue Horq Talent programme includes 2 to five talented young riders aged 15-23.
They will get the opportunity to work with talented horses, they receive training and consulting in professional presentation of horses and as an athlete.
The participants are selected according to their potential.
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