My career started with my family on Amager which, apart from me and my parents, counts my brothers Frederik and Thomas. My interest in horses came from my dad, Ulf Helgstrand, who was a passionate rider and horse keeper for many years. We took riding lessons together in Dragør- St. Magleby Riding Club.
In 1983, we moved to Majgården, which was neighbour to Kastrup Tårnby Riding Club, where I borrowed a white Connemara pony, Ringo. On this pony, I rode several LB and LA classes in jumping at club and district level. Here, it was possible for us to realise our dream of having a life with horses, and horse breeding also became an interest of ours when we bought the mare, Fresia. In that same period, I had my next competition horse, the jumper, Brith, on which I had my international debut in Brøndbyhallen in 1991.
In 1992, we bought the former Dragør- St. Magleby Riding Club, Maglebyhallen, where my family still lives and keeps their horses.
In 1994, I started my riding master education at Søren Vallentin in the Sport Riding Club Aalborg. During my apprenticeship, I rode Grand Prix in dressage as well as jumping on horses which I had trained myself. In jumping, I rode the Lagano son, Lazio, at the Danish Championship, Nordic Championship and European Championship in jumping for young riders. Concurrently, I also trained the studhorse, Vemmetofte Rainman, for Grand Prix and was e.g. placed at the Danish Championship. In addition, I had several starts, placements and victories on a number of horses at district, national and elite competitions in jumping as well as dressage, and I rode several successful championships.
After taking the master rider exam in the summer of 2000, I was employed at "Van Olst Stables", where I rode and trained the young horses.
In the autumn of 2000, I went to Stall-K in Kongsberg in Norway, from where I operated my own business with training of horses, teaching and horse trading. Concurrently, I trained the studhorse, Zalmiak Firfod, for Grand Prix level. While staying in Norway, I also trained the Norwegian national dressage team for junior and young riders.
In April 2002, I was employed as head master rider at Blue Hors, where I rode the very young horses and trained them for the championships and I also rode and trained the older horses for start in Grand Prix at international top level. In this connection, I rode Blue Hors Cavan at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 and Blue Hors Don Schufro in 2008 in Hong Kong, where I won the bronze medal for teams together with Anne Van Olst and Natalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein. Another absolute highlight of this period is my World Championship silver medal in 2006 on Blue Hors Matiné. Apart from being responsible for training and sports, I participated in the breeding work of the stud farm by preparing and riding the stallions.
After almost seven years' employment at Blue Hors, I started my own sale and training centre, "Helgstrand Dressage", in the autumn of 2008.
Andreas and Ulf Helgstrand