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In Brief: Mikaela Linnér (19) from Sweden

Name: Mikaela Linnér
Age: 19
From: Växjö, Sweden

Biography of Mikaela Linnér.

I grew up in a small town named Växjö in the south of Sweden and I have been lucky to grow up in a really loving and supporting family. I have been riding my whole life and riding has always been a part of life even though my family isn’t much of a horse family. I started out riding at a riding school and continued to ride there until I was 13. At that time having my own horse was just a vague dream.

When I was 12 I found a horse that I could take care of and that was an endurance horse owned by Madelene and Charlotte Tillman. Before I came to that stable I didn’t know anything about endurance riding but with that horse I started my endurance career. Later on, I started riding two other horses, which I now own, in that stable and by the age of 16 I started to focus completely on endurance riding.

Endurance World Mikaela Linnér. Nice scenery.Even though riding always has been a part of my life I haven’t always been so sure about competing and focusing on riding. Ever since I was little I tried and practiced many different sports. For example, I practiced track and field for years and before I started with endurance riding I had thoughts on focusing on track and field instead and only do hobby riding. But when I started with endurance riding I fell for it so I combined competing track and field at the same time as competing endurance.

I competed in track and field up until national championship level, but by the time I started high school I felt I didn’t have the time and the riding was a lot more fun so I quit. But training as much track and field as I did has added a lot to my riding. Especially a really good ground condition, but also a very good body knowledge. Riders need to be fit and know about their bodies to help the horses and to be better riders. I think it’s very good that the physics of the rider is something people have started talking about more often and putting a bigger focus on.

Notable achievements / palmares of Mikaela Linnér.

Endurance World Mikaela Linnér. Cold weather.I have won the Swedish championship for Young riders once (2017) and ended up on a third place once (2015). I have a bronze medal in the Swedish championship for teams (2016). I have an individual bronze medal in the Nordic Baltic championship for Young riders (2016) and both a silver medal (2016) and a bronze medal (2014) in the Nordic Baltic championship for young rider team.

I have also participated in the European championship once (2016) and I’m now qualified for the world championship for Young riders in Italy.

When did Mikaela Linnér start riding?

The first time I was sitting on the back of a horse was when I was 3 years old. But I started riding for real at a riding school when I was 5 years old.

Does riding run in the family?

Endurance World Mikaela Linnér. Leaving the forest.My mom did ride horses as a hobby when she was young so I guess she and her cousin were the ones who introduced me to riding, but otherwise riding is not something that runs in the family. My family and my relatives do have a big interest in sports in general though, so sports has always been something close to me and family’s hearts. Endurance riding is very fun, because it’s possible for someone to be a groom even though they might not have a lot of knowledge about riding and horses, they can just be interested in sports.
My family now has a bigger interest in horses and I love having my family around me during competitions. Endurance riding is a very fun thing to do as a family because it brings you together and everyone can feel that they’re a part of the team and contribute with something.

Why horses?

Since I was little I have always loved horses and horses have always been a part of my life. I don’t really know what to say here. Horses are like my second soul. They are fantastic animals and I couldn’t live without them. They are always there for you and all the time and love that you give them they will give back in a bigger scale.

Why endurance?

Endurance World Mikaela Linnér. Happy.I love endurance because of the action combined with the horse, the nature and the team. I have always been more of a team player so I love the wholeness with the team both with the rider, the horse and the grooms. Furthermore I also love endurance due to the fact I have seen and been at places that I think I would never have seen otherwise, and I enjoy all the journeys through different cities and countries. Although, I guess I mostly love endurance because it is a difficult extreme sport that needs a lot of structure, planning and knowledge since there are small margins. I also love to be out in the nature together with my best friends, my horses.

Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I like to do both and I have done both. I do though prefer owning horses and train and compete my own horses. That’s because I love the feeling when you have put a lot of effort and worked hard and trained a horse by yourself and then succeed. It is a bigger and more powerful feeling, and I love the feeling when you develop together with the horse as a team. Although, I like to ride other horses and both train and compete for somebody else too, because you learn a lot by doing both.

 

Do you train horses?

Yes, I have two horses that are mine that I train and compete with, and I have one horse that I have borrowed to train and compete. Both of my horses are on a 120km** level and the one that’s not mine I hope to qualify to an international level this year.
Mostly I train my horses myself, but once or twice in a week my mom and/or friends help me out and ride with me which means a lot.

What else does Mikaela Linnér enjoy?

Riding and working takes a lot of time.  When I do have free time I mostly hang out with my friends, listen to music, watch series or movies and I also like to go for a run or exercise strength.

Photo credit: Pauline Högdahl, Christoffer Linnér and Daphne Leers.

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In Brief: Mikaela Linnér (19) from Sweden

Name: Mikaela Linnér
Age: 19
From: Växjö, Sweden

Biography of Mikaela Linnér.

I grew up in a small town named Växjö in the south of Sweden and I have been lucky to grow up in a really loving and supporting family. I have been riding my whole life and riding has always been a part of life even though my family isn’t much of a horse family. I started out riding at a riding school and continued to ride there until I was 13. At that time having my own horse was just a vague dream.

When I was 12 I found a horse that I could take care of and that was an endurance horse owned by Madelene and Charlotte Tillman. Before I came to that stable I didn’t know anything about endurance riding but with that horse I started my endurance career. Later on, I started riding two other horses, which I now own, in that stable and by the age of 16 I started to focus completely on endurance riding.

Endurance World Mikaela Linnér. Nice scenery.Even though riding always has been a part of my life I haven’t always been so sure about competing and focusing on riding. Ever since I was little I tried and practiced many different sports. For example, I practiced track and field for years and before I started with endurance riding I had thoughts on focusing on track and field instead and only do hobby riding. But when I started with endurance riding I fell for it so I combined competing track and field at the same time as competing endurance.

I competed in track and field up until national championship level, but by the time I started high school I felt I didn’t have the time and the riding was a lot more fun so I quit. But training as much track and field as I did has added a lot to my riding. Especially a really good ground condition, but also a very good body knowledge. Riders need to be fit and know about their bodies to help the horses and to be better riders. I think it’s very good that the physics of the rider is something people have started talking about more often and putting a bigger focus on.

Notable achievements / palmares of Mikaela Linnér.

Endurance World Mikaela Linnér. Cold weather.I have won the Swedish championship for Young riders once (2017) and ended up on a third place once (2015). I have a bronze medal in the Swedish championship for teams (2016). I have an individual bronze medal in the Nordic Baltic championship for Young riders (2016) and both a silver medal (2016) and a bronze medal (2014) in the Nordic Baltic championship for young rider team.

I have also participated in the European championship once (2016) and I’m now qualified for the world championship for Young riders in Italy.

When did Mikaela Linnér start riding?

The first time I was sitting on the back of a horse was when I was 3 years old. But I started riding for real at a riding school when I was 5 years old.

Does riding run in the family?

Endurance World Mikaela Linnér. Leaving the forest.My mom did ride horses as a hobby when she was young so I guess she and her cousin were the ones who introduced me to riding, but otherwise riding is not something that runs in the family. My family and my relatives do have a big interest in sports in general though, so sports has always been something close to me and family’s hearts. Endurance riding is very fun, because it’s possible for someone to be a groom even though they might not have a lot of knowledge about riding and horses, they can just be interested in sports.
My family now has a bigger interest in horses and I love having my family around me during competitions. Endurance riding is a very fun thing to do as a family because it brings you together and everyone can feel that they’re a part of the team and contribute with something.

Why horses?

Since I was little I have always loved horses and horses have always been a part of my life. I don’t really know what to say here. Horses are like my second soul. They are fantastic animals and I couldn’t live without them. They are always there for you and all the time and love that you give them they will give back in a bigger scale.

Why endurance?

Endurance World Mikaela Linnér. Happy.I love endurance because of the action combined with the horse, the nature and the team. I have always been more of a team player so I love the wholeness with the team both with the rider, the horse and the grooms. Furthermore I also love endurance due to the fact I have seen and been at places that I think I would never have seen otherwise, and I enjoy all the journeys through different cities and countries. Although, I guess I mostly love endurance because it is a difficult extreme sport that needs a lot of structure, planning and knowledge since there are small margins. I also love to be out in the nature together with my best friends, my horses.

Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I like to do both and I have done both. I do though prefer owning horses and train and compete my own horses. That’s because I love the feeling when you have put a lot of effort and worked hard and trained a horse by yourself and then succeed. It is a bigger and more powerful feeling, and I love the feeling when you develop together with the horse as a team. Although, I like to ride other horses and both train and compete for somebody else too, because you learn a lot by doing both.

 

Do you train horses?

Yes, I have two horses that are mine that I train and compete with, and I have one horse that I have borrowed to train and compete. Both of my horses are on a 120km** level and the one that’s not mine I hope to qualify to an international level this year.
Mostly I train my horses myself, but once or twice in a week my mom and/or friends help me out and ride with me which means a lot.

What else does Mikaela Linnér enjoy?

Riding and working takes a lot of time.  When I do have free time I mostly hang out with my friends, listen to music, watch series or movies and I also like to go for a run or exercise strength.

Photo credit: Pauline Högdahl, Christoffer Linnér and Daphne Leers.

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