Carol was trained at one of the best international riding schools in Europe before coming to work at Hipica Formentor. It’s no surprise that Carol Frydenlund returned to her native Mallorca after her studies and work experience in mainland Spain and Portugal. Although both of her parents are Danish she was brought up in the beautiful town of Pollenca and learnt to ride at Hipica Formentor in nearby Sa Pobla. Mallorca is where her heart lies and where she has many friends and family.
Learning to be a professional equestrian
Carol did two courses at one of the best international riding schools in Spain. The “Centro de Adiestramiento Víctor Álvarez” is in Girona and offers residential training courses for young people who have to pass a riding exam to join the course. They also offer livery, riding lessons, horse training and have an extensive site with several different riding tracks, indoor and outdoor arenas and accommodation for horses and student. During her studies, she and fellow students visited Denmark to see the “Blue Hors” stud and competition stables and the “Helgstrand” stables. The courses are demanding but inspiring and provide the students with a well rounded view of the equestrian world as well as knowledge, skills and confidence.
After completing her initial training, Carol went onto work at the “Centro Hípico de Coimbra” in Portugal. A renowned international competition stable set within the forest of Choupal. This place has an obstacle course, a horse-ball court, riding stables, boxes and race tracks. There she learned a great deal by watching the people around her and by training purpose bred horses. She worked long days with individual horses, training exercising, grooming them and cleaning out their boxes three times a day.
The riding instructor at Hipica Formentor
Carol is now the riding instructor at Hipica Formentor, where she is very happy to be working with horses that live in natural conditions. She has a growing group of students and is enjoying teaching very much. She is able to share what she has learned and the experience that she has picked up from her travels. “When I’m teaching people I find it easy now to see where they are going wrong and I enjoy helping them to ride better.” Carol explains. “But the funning thing is that when I’m teaching others it helps me to see that I make mistakes too. But sometimes it’s easier to explain where someone else is going wrong than to correct your own mistakes.”
Carol is great fun to ride with, so come and join her for lessons whatever your riding level or experience and find out for yourself!