Mount St. John KOM Fairy Tale Resurfaces in Norway

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 19:31
Stella Hagelstam and KOM Fairy Tale at the 2022 Aachen Dressage Days in Hagen :: Photo © Astrid Appels

KOM Fairy Tale, Stella Hagelstam's team horse at the 2022 World Championships in Herning, has been sold as a schoolmaster to Norway. The mare recently made its national show debut with her new rider. 

KOM Fairy Tale is a 17-year old Finnish warmblood mare by Furst Heinrich out of Weltmaid Willow (by Weltmeyer x Wanderkönig). She is bred by by Anna Leena Meller (Runtti) and Eva Nordman.

To Germany

The mare was sent to Sweden to be trained by Peter Mansson and began her competition career in 2011 in the young horses classes. She returned to Finland at the end of 2011 and stayed there with the breeder until 2014. 

In 2014 she was sent to Swedish Carolina McLean and her Australian husband Warwick McLean in Germany to be trained and sold. They competed her at a few local shows.

Mount St. John

In 2015 Kom Fairy Tale sold to Emma Blundell of Mount St. John stud as a sponsored ride for Charlotte Dujardin, who was in need of a successor for her retired Olympic champion Valegro.

Dujardin made her national show debut on the sensitive chestnut two years later in the spring of 2017 at small tour level and took her to the British Small Tour Championships in September that year where they finished third in the Intermediaire I. 

Dujardin and Fairy Tale
She then  disappeared from the show scene to return two years later at small tour level under Sam Duckworth. In the summer of 2019 he rode her at Intermediaire II level, before losing the ride on her. Fairy Tale went to Amy Woodhead who made her national show debut in February 2020 at Inter II level. They rode their first national Grand Prix test in September 2020. The pair competed in three CDI's in 2021 (Wellington, Hartpury, Keysoe) with a 69.255% in the Grand Prix Special as best score. The pair won the 2021 British Intermediaire II championship. 

Stella Hagelstam

With Amy Woodhead pregnant, Blundell gave the ride on KOM Fairy Tale  to Finnish Stella Hagelstam. 

The new duo made a winning international show debut at the CDI Parnu in Estonia at the end of May 2022 and competed at the Aachen Dressage Days in Hagen, Flyinge and Perila before being selected on the Finnish team for the 2022 World Championships in Herning. There the duo placed 41st in the Grand Prix with 69.674%. 


KOM Fairy Tale sold to Norway shortly after the summer of 2022 but the identity of the buyer was kept under wraps.

This week, the new owner and rider, Karianne Klaveness Holmen, made her national show debut on Fairy Tale at small tour level at the Tanum Riding Club on 26 - 28 May 2023.

Karianne Klaveness Holmen is a board member of Klaveness Marine, a family owned investment company in maritime enterprises, real estate, and energy solutions. This year she has also been competing the Norwegian bred horses Tobajo Piri Piri (by Tobajo Picez x Come Back II) and Stall-K's Rosarno (by Blue Hors Zack x Blue Hors Don Schufro).

Photo © Astrid Appels - David Puttock

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