The Finnish fighter Nina Fagerström is these days packing her bags and leaving for Eric Levallois’ Haras de Beaufour in Normandy, France together with her partner Alexander Rohling. Last year the former Stephex-rider took a big step and decided to set up on her own, and together with Alex she established Finca Horses. They started off with a few of Alex’ horses, in addition to some horses from different owners. The competitive rider wanted more though, and during the year they purchased horses more suitable for Nina and with potential for the top sport.
Nina and Alex are now taking the Finca-horses to France, where Nina will get the ride on two promising nine year olds owned by Eric’s sister and brother. In addition to this she will be riding Eric’s very promising horses of his own breeding. Eric has brought up many talented horses over the years, and is also the former rider of Penelope Leprevost’s world cup-horse, Nayana, and the popular French stallion Diamant de Semilly.
Nina tells WoSJ that she met the French rider and breeder by coincidence while competing at the Mediterranean Tour at Oliva Nova earlier this year. They discussed the sport and the horses, but a partnership was never a question at that time. “Out of nowhere Eric suddenly called me ten days ago,” Nina explains, “asking about a partnership.”
Since then things have obviously gone fast. “We met up last week, then I went there last weekend to look at the place and the horses, and in two weeks we’ll be moving! Its the kind of team I am honored to represent,” Nina continues. “It is true horsemanship. They are real horsemen. They love their horses and they do things the way I like to do it. The sport and the business is important, but it is also important to not forget the horses and what they do for us,” Nina states with a lot of passion.
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