Bent Branderup began riding almost before he could walk. His first words were “Jeg vil ha en hest!” – “I want a horse!”. The first hours in the saddle of a Shetland pony brought him a lot of joy – and well, he never really got out of the saddle again….At the age of 12 the first neighbour farmers brought him horses to train and Military and hunting became part of his life as well.
Bent Branderup´s burning interest in the past made him spend many hours in the Danish Museums and interesting work giving new life to old harnesses and horse driven carts began. A book about Ring Riding and an exhibition for the local museum were the results of this interest from his early years.
Then a long travel around Europe began – visiting places of historic and hippologic interest. Iceland, Spain, Germany – just to name a few places. Not surprisingly Bent ended up in “Escuela Andalusa del Arte Equestre” in Jerez, Spain, and became acquainted with Don Alvaro Domecq and Don Javier Garcia Romero. The great personalities and equestrian knowledge of these two masters were of great influence to Bent, and in the hands of Don Javier Garcia Romero the Iberian horse and Bent became acquainted….Bent also was a keen student by Nuno Oliveira in Portugal and Egon von Neindorff in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Today Bent Branderup spends much thought and consideration on how to preserve the old Danish breed “The Frederiksborger Horse”. The aim is to preserve the smaller baroque type – with long neck, baroque head, high movements and easy–to–train temperament.
Bent Branderup is travelling around Europe giving clinics every weekend. For more information on where these clinics are held, and how these clinics unfold click on the link-option ”Clinics”.
Click HERE for an article about Bent Branderup in Equine magazine .
Below you find the horses of Bent Branderup.
F: Don Ibrahim
M: Bolette Horsdal
MF: Stjerne Prinsen af Vejrup
F: Milton Torp
M: Stormosens Vikki
F: Zarif Langlykkegard
M: Vikki Lykkesager
MF: Kalle Kasteniely