Astrid Hedman is, how she herself expresses it, the super horse nerd from Piteå that was just going to stay in Portugal for a year to work with horses. Now, nine years has passed. The culture, climate, and possibility to compete against the best is what made her stay. In 2018 she represented Sweden in the World Championships in Working Equitation. Now, Astrid is aiming toward a new championship and to continue to progress as an equine entrepreneur.
It was a YouTube-clip that sparked her curiosity for Working Equitation in 2011.
– I thought it looked exciting with the different parts and I wanted to learn more, Astrid tells us, who have shown up to S:t Georges in dressage and 1.10m in show jumping.
Astrid was considering going away to work abroad. Her trainer thought she should go for a different country than Germany or the Netherlands because of the tougher and harsher culture there. With that feedback and the newly acquired interest for working equitation, Astrid bought a plane ticket to Portugal. There she started out working for a Portuguese horse-breaker and later got the chance to work for several different stables. In 2014 she came to Renato Piairo, a breeder of Lusitano horses. There she stayed for five years and even got the chance to have the main responsibility as a horse-breaker.
– I got to ride six to eight horses every day and learned a ton. The horses were quite different in personality, take, and in the development area, which has given me many tools to work with. After five years I felt like it was time for a new challenge, so I decided to do my own race, Astrid tells us.