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Bohemian's Life

We’re super excited to have a guest post from Bohemian’s owner Louise Zinglersen today! Louise has been the proud owner of Bohemian for a few years now, and in this blog post she tells us all about where Bohemian came from, why she decided he was her dream horse and much more!

Bohemian’s mother tongue is German. He was born in June 2010, to a wonderful family who has only bred a few horses. He therefore doesn’t have any “full” siblings. When he was 2 years old, he was bought by a Danish family in Fyn – the Lagoni Jeppesen family, at an auction in Schöckemohle. The family brought him home and at 4 years old, he started training with Dennis Kjær. The picture below is of Bohemian and Dennis during the semi-final of the Danish young horse championship for 4-year-olds in September 2014.

 Dennis Kjær Bohemian

When they bought him, he didn’t have a name so they had to come up with one on their own. The father of the family, Jørn, was and still is a musician. In his younger days he was in a Queen cover-band who performed all over Denmark. The whole family were HUGE Queen fans, and so their newest horse got the name Bohemian.

The picture below is of Simone Lagoni Jeppesen just after they brought Bohemian home. After the picture was taken, Bohemian decided to throw Simone off… he was apparently a little wild as a youngster ;)

 Simone Lagoni Jeppesen Bohemian

When Bohemian turned 4, the family decided to send him to Cathrine to be trained. At this point he was pretty much only able to walk straight ahead and do a few lateral movements. Cathrine rode 5 and 6 years championships on him with success. She taught him flying changes and they rode a couple MB level challenges.

In January 2016, the Lagoni Jeppesen family decided to send him over to Katrine Kraglund to be trained. Katrine Kraglund had him for approximately 6 months and managed to ride him onto the German team for the Young Horse World Championship for 6-year-olds. He came in as number 8 in the final. A month before the World Championship, we bought him.

A summer night in June 2016 I was having a barbecue with my parents. A sad conversation about my horse who kept on getting the same injury over and over actually ended up bringing a smile to my face. Because my horse kept having the same injury, we started talking about potentially getting a new horse. My dad asked me; if you could pick any horse in the entire world, who would it be? My answer: BO!

I showed my dad a video of Bo, and told him why I liked Bo so much. His wonderful gaits, his will to work. On top of this, I'd been following Bo since he was four, so there was a bond there, as if he was already my own. After watching the video and listening to my rant, my dad agreed with me, and we asked the Lagoni Jeppesen family if he was for sale.

 

The picture below is my dad together with his pride and joy Bo :)

 Zinglersen Bohemian

 

A week after that evening Bo went through pre-purchase exam and he was ours. But the plan was never that he should just be mine. We wanted him to get educated properly, and his talent shouldn’t be hindered by an “amateur” rider like myself.

The picture below is from just after he became ours

 Louise Zinglersen Bohemian

In October 2016 he was back at Cathrine’s stables. And after 3 years I can’t count how many wonderful experiences those two have given us.

Cathrine Dufour Bohemian 2016

In January 2017 they rode their first MA1. In March 2018 they had their Grand Prix debut. And a year and a half after that, they win a World Cup Qualification with 83% in the Grand Prix. It’s sometimes good to write these things down, because it’s difficult to understand when you’re right in the middle of it all…

THANK YOU Cathrine for all the amazing experiences you’ve given us with our little superstar, and for the love you give to him every day. We’re looking forward to many more!

My mum and I with Bo right after Cathrine and him won the International Grand Prix in Flyinge.

 Louise Zinglersen Bohemian

 

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Bohemians liv

Vi er så glade for at have en gæstepost fra Bohemians ejer Louise Zinglersen i dag! Louise har været Bohemians stolte ejer i nogle år nu, og i denne blogpost fortæller hun alt om hvor Bohemian kommer fra, hvordan hun fandt ud af at han var hendes drømmehest og meget mere!

Bohemians modersprog er tysk. Han er født hos en sød familie i juni 2010, som kun har opdrættet få heste. Han har derfor ingen helsøskende. Han blev som 2 års købt på en auktion hos Schöckemohle af en dansk familie fra Fyn, Familien Lagoni Jeppesen. Familien fik ham hjem, og satte ham som 4 års i ridning hos Dennis Kjær. Billedet nedenunder ser i Bohemian og Dennis Kjær til mellemrunden i 4 års championatet i september 2014.

Da han blev købt havde han ikke noget navn, og familien skulle selv finde på et. Faderen i familien, Jørn var og er musiker. Han var i sine unge dage med i et band der kopierede Queen, og optrådte med mange koncerter landet over. Familien var derfor stor Queen fan, og deres nye hest fik navnet Bohemian.

Billedet nedenunder er af Simone Lagoni Jeppesen, lige efter de havde fået ham hjem. Han valgte efter billedet var taget at kyle hende af… han var vist lidt vild at tæmme som ung 😉

 

Som 4 års valgte familien at sætte ham i ridning hos Cathrine. Her kunne han mest bare gå lige ud og lave enkelte sidebevægelser. Cathrine red 5 og 6 års på ham med succes. Hun lærte ham at changere og de red nogle enkelte MB klasser.

I januar 2016 valgte familien Lagoni Jeppesen at sætte ham i ridning hos Katrine Kraglund. Katrine Kraglund havde ham i et halvt år, hvor hun formåede at ride ham på det tyske hold til ungheste VM for 6års. Her blev han nr 8 i finalen. En måned inden UVM købte vi ham.

En sommeraften i juni 2016 sad jeg med mine forældre ved grillbordet. En ellers lidt trist samtale omkring min daværende hest der blev ved med at få samme skade, endte alligevel med et smil på læben. Grundet min hest der blev ved med at blive skadet, gik snakken på en eventuel ny hest. Min far spurgte mig; Hvis du kunne vælge én hest i hele verden du godt kunne tænke dig, hvilken skulle det så være? Mit svar: BO!

Jeg viste ham video af Bo, og fortalte ham hvorfor jeg synes så godt om Bo. Hans fantastiske gangarter, og hans vilje til at arbejde. Desuden havde jeg fulgt Bo siden han var fire, så jeg havde knyttet et bånd til ham, som var han min egen. Efter vi havde set video og efter min prædiken, gav min far mig ret, og vi spurgte familien Lagoni Jeppesen om han var til salg.

Billedet nedenunder er min far sammen med sin stolthed Bo 😊

 

En uge efter den aften gik Bo igennem handelsundersøgelse og han var vores. Men vores plan var aldrig at han skulle være min. Han skulle uddannes korrekt, og ikke have sit talent hæmmet af en amatørrytter som mig.

Billedet nedenunder er fra lige efter han blev vores

 

I oktober 2016 fik Cathrine ham tilbage i sin stald. Og her 3 år efter kan jeg slet ikke tælle på en hånd hvor mange oplevelser de to har givet os.

I januar 2017 red de deres første MA1 sammen. I marts 2018 havde de debut i Grand prix, og halvandet år efter vinder de World Cup kvalifikation med 83% i Grand Prix. Det kan nogengange være godt at skrive ned, for det er ikke altid man helt forstår det når man er i det …

 

TAK til dig Cathrine for alle de fantastiske oplevelser du har givet os sammen med vores allesammens guldklump, og for den kærlighed du giver ham til hverdag. Vi glæder os til mange flere!

 

Min mor og jeg sammen med Bo lige efter ham og Cathrine havde vundet international Grand Prix i Flyinge.


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