How about 1. Lighthearted 2. Motivated 3. Fun?
You think we're kidding - right? What, were your word associations a little different? In a non-scientific, pretty much bogus study conducted by SHADBELLY, we discovered some enlightening results. Sure, there were the expected words, like "precise", "queen" and "dance", and few like "dominatrix" that validated the mind-controlling power of the SHADBELLY blog (see our prior post called Dressage Dominatrix if you have no idea what we're talking about), but more than a few responses tiptoed around or blatantly crossed over into ... the dark side: "intense", "driven" and "relentless" (ouch).
How refreshing to find that "Lighthearted-Motivated-Fun" is the three word mantra of Danish-born dressage rider Charlotte Jorst, and darlin', she's living proof of concept. Not only a highly accomplished equestrienne, Charlotte and husband Henrik are seriously successful entrepreneurs - they built accessories brand Skagen Designs from the ground up and eventually sold the company to Fossil, the largest watch company in the world. I'll say they're having fun!
Now a US citizen, Charlotte and her Dutch stallion Vitalis represented the US in Verden at the FEI World Breeding Championships. Charlotte, Henrik, her horses and a literal menagerie of dogs, cats and goats, reside in Reno, Nevada so she KNOWS what it's like to ride and train in the DESERT. While acclimating to the heat, Charlotte recognized the need for top quality UV sun shirts for riding and other outdoor sports, and PRESTO, she launched her newest venture, Kastel Denmark!
We love the UV sun shirt Charlotte designed in celebration of her love for the USA. It's officially called the "Charlotte Studio Krystal UV Navy Blue UV Shirt with Red and White Trim", but we just call it 1. Star 2. Spangled 3. Fun!
Shine on, Charlotte, Shine on.
What are YOUR three words for "dressage"?