History

Mikael and Noora Forstén have lots of experience from the international competitions and have competed for years regularly on the highest possible level in the international showjumping circuit. They have competed in several Championships and achieved historical results for the Finnish team. The couple has also brought up themselves several horses up to the Grand Prix-level.

Mikael’s professional riding career begun in 1986. Mikael’s spent his early years in Finland winning several national titles before moving abroad where he worked and competed for years. Mikael worked over a year at Paul Schockemöhle and for example won the world championships for 5 years old horses aboard Paul’s horse. Later on Mikael had private horse owners and sponsors allowing World Cup participations and Grand Prix success in the 1990’s and 2000’s.

Together with wife Noora the couple ran Henk Nooren’s former yard in Guttecoven for 7 years. During that time the couple was the back bone of Finnish National team and competed in several Championships and 5 * shows around the world. Mikael achieved top results such as winning many Grand Prix classes and a World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam 2008 and being individually 11th at the European Championships in Windsor 2009 and 13th in the World Cup Final Las Vegas 2009 riding Isaac du Jonquet.

Since welcoming their first daughter the couple based themselves in Finland and concentrated into training young riders and their own young horses. During this return to Finland Mikael claimed another Finnish Champion title and Noora won the national Grand Prix series and it’s final in 2012. During 2016 Mikael and Noora competed abroad in CSI2* and CSI3* shows but returned to Finland for the arrival of their second daughter. Currently the stable has it’s main focus in producing top class young horses for today’s demanding show jumping circuit. With their know-how the young horses between the ages of 3-7 years get the best possible start to their career and can grow mentally and physically so that they can reach their peak level.