Lövsta Dressage and Stud Farm was founded in its present form in January 2000. But its history goes back much further…
Nearly 150 years ago, my great-grandfather Axel Johnson founded the family business. The company has been transformed several times before becoming what it is today. But along side these changes there was another, unchanging dimension- the family’s love of horses. From Axel Johnson’s faithful working horses, Bessemer and Martin, to later generations of riding horses, like the grey mare Sibylla and ponies Hans and Greta , who carried their riders so well through the forests of Bergslagen, Lill Jansskogen and on the island of Djurgården. An interest in horses has continued through succeeding generations. Today my granddaughter Stella successfully competes in show jumping.
Lövsta Dressage and Stud Farm was founded with a vision to improve Swedish equestrianism and dressage. Early on we decided to focus on the breeding, training and competition of horses of the highest quality, as well as, the training of promising young employees and riders through the “Lövsta Academy”. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and I became partners in this mission.
Since its inception, we have trained many horses at Lövsta. Tinne has now ridden six Olympic games, four World Equestrian Games, eight European Championships and five World Cup finals. Several of our riders are among the Swedish elite. Many foals have been bred and our stallions Weltman and Solos Carex have sons and daughters who frequently appear at competition venues. 2011 marked a fresh start for Lövsta stud farm and we are working with a broad range of international top stallions for both jumping and dressage.
Knowledge, quality and service are our watchwords. Respect for the horse characterizes everything we do. We are delighted with our successes, but most of the magic exists in the meeting between horse and rider. Working together with Tinne and the horses in a small, focused context is a privilege. I think that our horses share this with us.
Lövsta in March 2014
Antonia Ax:son Johnson