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Aalborg Dressage Event 2018 is hosted by Sportsrideklubben Aalborg (SAO). The event takes place at the large riding centre “Finstrupgaard” at the outskirts of Aalborg, Dallvej 5, 9230 Svenstrup.
Sportsrideklubben Aalborg (SAO) is a club of proud traditions and one of the oldest clubs in Danmark having celebrated its 100th year’s anniversary. The club comprises two riding centres: “Annebergvej” in the centre of Aalborg and “Finstrupgaard” in Dall. Annebergvej is a minor facility with 20 horses stabled and a small indoor arena and good outdoor arenas. The location of this centre is quite unique with its close proximity to the centre of Aalborg. Finstrupgaard is an older property with whitewashed and boulder walls oozing history and tradition.

This centre has grown and now stables 100 horses. Finstrupgaard comprises both a riding school and a large handicap riding department with physiotherapy. The centre comprises three large indoor arenas, two outdoor jumping grounds and three dressage grounds of international sizes. The buildings are surrounded by paddocks and a large natural resort with riding tracks.
The daily manager and professional riding instructor is Nikolai Kowalski who, together with his three students, are indispensable as helpers and supporters of the good atmosphere in the club. Showjumping instruction is carried out by riding instructor Hans Ley who has created an exciting environment for the showjumpers in the club.
Throughout many years, SAO has produced a long row of riders competing nationally and internationally in both jumping and dressage. The club will maintain its focus on the sporting environment in the future and is currently working on becoming a socalled “elite”-club under the Danish Equestrian Federation.
Every year, SAO arranges the traditional “Jysk Mesterskab” (Jutlandic Championships) in showjumping and dressage as well as a series of regional 2nd to 5th level competitions with championship tests for young horses in both showjumping and dressage. The competitions always attract a large audience and a large part of the club’s own members are actively competing at these shows.


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