Nanna Skodborg Merrald was one of Denmark’s most talented riders during her pony and young rider years. Today Nanna is employed at Blue Hors and is part of Denmark’s A squad.

When you have trained a handful of horses up to Grand Prix level, it is something that is noticed, and that is why Nanna Skodborg Merrald (b. 1993) in 2018 switched everyday life at home at Lykkesholm Ridecenter in Hvalsø for Blue Hors in Randbøl – which is located between Vejle and Billund.

Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors Zack, Tokyo 2020. Foto:

Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors

Blue Hors is owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (Lego) and here they breed some of the world’s best dressage horses, as well as foals, stallions, and sport horses.

At Blue Hors it is Nanna’s job to be in the saddle of top horses every day, and as a rider, she has already trained a number of international dressage horses to the very highest level.

As a rider, Nanna Skodborg Merrald has a special feel for training, great technical ability, and an understanding of the importance of the optimal match between horse and rider.

Nanna Skodborg Merrald

Nanna Merrald – a talent since childhood

Nanna Skodborg Merrald has been on various national teams since she was 12 years old, she has won Danish and European Championship medals and, as mentioned at the beginning, she has also trained a number of horses for Grand Prix. Therefore, her achievements speak for themselves.

Like Cathrine Dufour, Nanna Merrald has been through the Danish Riding Federation’s formidable talent work, where the aim is to equip young people for life as top riders in the sport.

Training dressage horses is something that takes patience, talent, and a lot of hard work. Both riders are excellent ambassadors for the sport.

Selected results

  • European Championship gold as both junior and U25 rider
  • Qualified for the World Cup finals in 2014
  • Silver at Danish Dressage Championships 2021
  • Olympic Games 2021
  • Team gold at the World Championships 2022
Nanna Skodborg Merrald Olympic Athlete Foto: Lars Møller

Up and coming partnerships

At the age of 20, Nanna Skodborg Merrald qualified her horse Millibar for the World Cup Final in Lyon, and Millibar was the horse that put Nanna on the international dressage scene.

Today, the talented Merrald has many exciting horses in play. Among others Blue Hors Zack, Atterupgaards Orthilia, Blue Hors Zalabaster, Blue Hors Zirrus, Blue Hors Znickers, Blue Hors Farrell and Blue Hors St. Schufro, and it will be exciting to follow Nanna and the horses’ journey in the future.

In 2021, Nanna Skodborg Merrald represented Denmak at Tokyo 2020 with the legendary stallion Blue Hors Zack.

Made history at Herning2022

The Danish national dressage team made history at the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning 2022 when they could wear the gold medal around their necks after Sunday’s team final. Nanna and Blue Hors Zack contributed with a great 76.724% and helped the Danish team to the top of the podium.

See more on Zibrasport Equest

You can see much more in our large archive on Zibrasport Equest with Nanna Merrald. There are videos of her riding as well as interviews and not to forget many articles.