Helgstrand employs Danish Cathrine Dufour

Cathrine Dufour Cassidy

Helgstrand Dressage has managed to set new standards within the dressage world; with the employment of FEI World Ranking no. 5, the very talented dressage rider, Cathrine Dufour. Helgstrand Dressage has now secured another strong profile for the future.

At Helgstrand Dressage the stable houses more than 300 horses, of which 250 are under saddle every day. With an increasing need for top dressage horses, the company has now secured a new strong rider to join the team, which at the moment is 21 riders.

- I am incredibly proud to have this opportunity. For many years, I have been in close dialogue with Andreas Helgstrand, said Cathrine Dufour. Being able to train some of the world's best horses would be an honour to me and I'm looking forward to getting started, adds Cathrine, who sees the employment as a natural continuation of their current cooperation.

Cathrine Dufour Cassidy

In spite of her young age, Cathrine Dufour is a well-known name on the international scene. With numerous wins at international Grand Prix level and a FEI World Ranking as no. 5 with Atterupgaard's Cassidy, she belongs to the world elite. In addition, Cathrine has on several occations passed the magic 80% barrier and, as one of the few, managed to beat Isabell Werth.

- We are delighted that Cathrine has chosen to join our team. She has managed to train horses up to Grand Prix and her many victories speak for themselves. She has incredible discipline and work ethic and I am sure that this is the reason she has won more than most riders in only 26 years, said Andreas Helgstrand proudly, remembering the magnificent tribute she and Cassidy got at Herning Horse Show earlier this year.

Cathrine became a part of the Danish national team at only 12 years old. Also, as a young rider, Cathrine had a great talent and she has won the Danish Championship no less than 14 times. As a 24-year-old, she participated at her first Olympic Games on Cassidy, where she placed 13th. 2017 she won two individual bronze medals and team silver at the European Championship. In 2018, she managed to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon but unfortunately had to cancel. Now she is focusing on qualifying for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, hoping to secure Denmark another medal.

Cathrine runs her own dressage stable, Dufour Dressage, in Roskilde, Denmark. Where she trains as well as offers training to new upcoming talents. The agreement is that Cathrine will continue in Roskilde, where she will train horses from Helgstrand Dressage. The stable will act as a new sales stable. Alongside running the sales stable, Cathrine will continue her current activities, including her fan club named Dufour Club as well as training Cassidy and her new upcoming talents.

 

Photos by Nathalie Greppi

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Helgstrand Dressage har om nogen formået at sætte nye standarder inden for dressurverdenen og med ansættelsen af verdensrangslistens nummer 5, den yderst succesfulde dressurrytter, Cathrine Dufour, har Helgstrand Dressage nu sikret sig endnu en stærk profil til fremtiden.

Helgstrand Dressage huser mere end 300 heste, hvoraf de 250 er under rytter og med en stadig stigende efterspørgsel efter top dressurheste har virksomheden nu sikret sig en ny stærk ekvipage til rytterteamet, der efterhånden tæller hele 21 ryttere. 

- Jeg er utrolig stolt over at have fået denne mulighed. Gennem mange år har jeg været i tæt dialog med Andreas Helgstrand, fortæller Cathrine Dufour. At få mulighed for at træne nogle af verdens bedste heste er mig en ære og jeg glæder mig utrolig meget til at komme i gang, tilføjer Cathrine, der ser ansættelsen som en naturlig forlængelse af deres nuværende samarbejde.

Cathrine Dufour har trods sin unge alder om nogen formået at slå sit navn fast på den internationale scene. Med talrige sejre på internationalt Grand Prix-niveau og en placering som nummer 5 på FEI's verdensrangliste på Atterupgaards Cassidy hører hun til blandt verdenseliten. Tilmed har Cathrine flere gange overgået den magiske 80%-grænse og har som en af de få formået at slå selveste Isabell Werth. 

- Vi er henrykte over, at Cathrine har valgt at takke ja til at indlede et samarbejde med os. Hun har formået selv at uddanne heste op til Grand Prix og hendes mange sejre taler for sig. Hun besidder en utrolig disciplin og arbejdsmoral og jeg er sikker på, at det er grunden til, at hun har vundet mere end de fleste på bare 26 år, fortæller en stolt Andreas Helgstrand, der tænker tilbage på den storslåede hyldest, hun og Cassidy fik til Hingstekåring i Herning tidligere på året.

Cathrine blev allerede som 12-årig en del af det danske ponydressurhold. Også som youngrider havde Cathrine et stort talent og hun har vundet DM intet mindre end 14 gange. Som 24-årig red hun sit første OL på Cassidy, hvor de sluttede på en individuel 13. plads og en 6. plads for hold. I 2017 tog hun to individuelle bronzemedaljer samt holdsølv til EM, mens hun i 2018 formåede at kvalificere sig til VM, men måtte desværre melde afbud og har nu sit blik stift rettet mod OL i Tokyo i 2020, hvor hun håber på at kunne ride en medalje hjem for Danmark.  

Cathrine driver sin egen dressurstald, Dufour Dressage, i Roskilde på Midtsjælland. Herfra træner hun selv samt underviser nye lovende talenter. Aftalen er, at Cathrine skal fortsætte i Roskilde, hvor hun får heste i ridning fra Helgstrand Dressage. Stalden skal fungere som ny salgsstald på Sjælland og sideløbende med dette fortsætter Cathrine sine nuværende aktiviteter, herunder sin meget anerkendte Dufourclub ligesom hun fortsætter sin træning af Cassidy samt hendes nye upcoming talenter.

 

Fotos af Nathalie Greppi


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