Therese Nilshagen – profile

Therese Nilshagen is a Swedish dressage rider who has represented her country at events such as the European Championships, the World Championships and the Olympics with her stallion Dante Weltino.

Therese Nilshagen (b. 1983) started her riding career at the age of eight when she joined her three years older sister at the local riding school Vallingby Ridskola in Sweden. Vallingby Ridskola was particularly focused on dressage which naturally made Therese Nilshagen’s interest in this discipline grow gradually.

Since these early days, Therese has achieved impressive results in her career as a dressage rider. Especially after her international debut in 2015 when she competed in a Small Tour class in Cappeln. The next year she competed in a Grand Prix class for the very first time, and later that same year she was picked as one of the dressage riders to represent Sweden at the Olympics in Rio. Unfortunately, Dante Weltino did not pass the vet check at the Olympics, and therefore Nilshagen was replaced by Mads Hendeliowitz. Afterwards, she has called this experience her absolute worst memory and a difficult time of her career to process. Luckily, she came back to the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 where she placed 14th individually and 6th with the Swedish team.

Therese Nilshagen at the Olympics in Tokyo 2020. Photo: FEI

Amazing results with Dante

Therese Nilshagen has achieved several impressive results. Among those are a silver medal with the Swedish team at the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2017. And this particularly is a moment that she defines as the best memory of her career. The home crowd created an amazing atmosphere for their team, and all together, this championship turned out to be her personal comeback after the devastating Olympics in Rio.

Moreover, Therese Nilshagen won a bronze medal with the team in Rotterdam in 2019. Both medals were achieved with her black stallion Dante Weltino who will also join her at the World Championships in Herning, August 2022. Nilshagen is currently placed 12th on FEI’s world ranking – also together with Dante.

Therese Nilshagen lives in Lodbergen, Germany, where she works as a professional trainer at Dressurleistrungszentrum.

Therese Nilshagen and Dante Weltino in Rotterdam. Photo: FEI