The Helgstrand Grant was inspired by the story of Maria Claumarch and established by Andreas Helgstrand with the purpose of helping riders realizing their goals.
The Helgstrand Grant has a value of 10.000 DKK or 1.345 EUR.
With the aim of selecting the right recipient amongst all 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.
The first recipient of the Helgstrand Grant was the dressage rider Maria Claumarch who lost her right leg in an unfortunate accident with a horse. Her goal is to participate at the 2022 World Championships in Herning. Find other recipients of the Grant below, and ready about their story.
Will you be this year’s rider to be receiving the third Helgstrand Grant?
Who can apply?
Riders of all ages, levels and countries with big and small goals can apply for the Helgstrand Grant.
How to apply:
1) Make a creative video, where you tell us about yourself, your dreams and riding related goals as well as how the grant will help you achieve that goal (In Danish or English)
2) Upload the video to YouTube - if you don't want to share the video with others you can hide the video for others except from the one having the direct link.
4) At the end of May the winner of the Helgstrand Grant will be contacted directly and announced on our social media channels.
Deadline for applying:
We wish to receive your video application no later than the 1st of May!
Recipients of Helgstrand's grant
2022: Caroline Gjerlund
Caroline has had a fantastic journey with her horse, Sirano. She fell off him, was knocked unconscious, and it was unsure if she would recover. Fortunately, she did but lost her ability to walk. She started a long course of treatment and managed to fight her way back in the saddle. So the horse she had been injured with actually ended up helping her back to life, along witgh lots of willpower. We think she is a true inspiration and another proof of how much riding and being with horses can help us get back to life.
2021 - Yuddy Cheng
Yuddy Cheng is a 17-year-old girl living in Hong Kong. Already as a 5-year-old, she sat on a horse for the first time, and from there she knew it would be her great passion. In 2019, she achieved her first big result as she won the FEI Dressage World Challenge Youth Championships in Hong Kong on a pony that she had trained herself. A year after she stopped riding due to focus on her mental health. But after a short time, she resumed riding as she realised that it would help her recover, and now she is back with big visions for the future, which Helgstrand's grant is to help her achieve.
A big thank you goes out to Andreas and his team for making this opportunity possible; to have my love for the sport and it’s influence on my recovery recognised means a lot to me. Additionally, the Helgstrand Grant has enabled a variety of opportunities, allowing me to further grow as a rider.
2020 - Lucas Vium
15-year-old Lucas convinced us with his fantastic presentation of himself and his horse Chester, that he should be the recipient of the Helgstrand grant in 2020. Lucas is a show jumper and he is very focused on developing his skills as a rider, and here he thought the grant could help him get some more professional help from one of Germany’s leading trainers and Helgstrand’s business partner, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. We cross our fingers that Lucas reaches his goals and wish him all the best of luck.
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.