Inspired by the sad story of Maria Claumarch, who, based on an accident with a horse, lost her right leg, Helgstrand Dressage has chosen to establish a grant, with the purpose of helping riders realize their goals. Maria had the goal, that the accident shouldn't stop her doing the things, she loved like riding.
- I know how difficult it would be for me if I wasn’t able to ride every day. For us, the horses are our way of life and it is our great passion, says Andreas Helgstrand, CEO and founder of Helgstrand Dressage.
About the Helgstrand grant
The Helgstrand grant is awarded once a year based on an application round. In order to apply for the grant, you must be a rider and have a riding goal you are aiming for. Big, as well as small goals, are welcome no matter if it is jumping or dressage riders. In order to be a candidate, the applicant must make a video in English in which the applicant presents themselves and their goal and describes how the grant will help the applicant achieve their goal. It is possible for both Danish and foreign riders to be considered for the grant.
The deadline for applying is between April 1st and May 1st every year, and the grant will be given during Equitour Denmark, which is held at Helgstrand Academy in May. The grant has a value of 10.000 DKK. In order to be able to select the right recipient amongst the applicants, a jury has been founded, consisting of General Manager and rider, Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard, Manager of Helgstrand Academy and rider, Maria Anita Andersen, and CEO and founder, Andreas Helgstrand.
Recipents of Helgstrand's grant
2019: Maria Clumarch
Maria was the first to receive the grant.
The touching story about Maria Claumarch has spread like rings in the water, and especially within the horse world since the prosthetic she has been given can’t be used for riding. With this in mind, her friends and family started a fundraiser for a prosthetic, which she could use for riding.
The idea of this grant is to give it to persons, who have set up a goal and do what it takes to realize it. Maria wanted to participate at the World Championships in 2022 in Herning, to show that you can do what you want. But we welcome both small and big goals, when applying for the grant.
Just before Chritsmas in 2019, Maria succeded in collecting the 150,000 DKK in order to get the riding prosthetic. From Helgstrand Dressage we wish Maria good luck.