The pair were both part of the Swedish team at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in October and have been in good form since the start of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ season. Stephanie took fifth place in Stuttgart with Flip’s Little Sparrow last month, while Irma and Ida van de Bisschop finished third in Madrid and eighth in Lyon.
Good friends have lots in common, and having a friend who shares your biggest passions is certainly something that everyone hopes for. Stephanie and Irma both met through horses, and have gone on their journey through the levels together, supporting each other every step of the way.
Irma: “From the beginning the sport brought us together. It’s always nice to have someone on the same level, with the same goals that you can look up to and at the same time can push you to get one step further. Our friendship is not only horses and Steffi is a person I trust and share a lot with.”
Good friends inspire and motivate each other to be better, and Stephanie and Irma’s strong friendship combined with their competitive natures could certainly be credited to some of their great results over the course of this calendar year, with Irma noting that “I’m pretty sure [Stephanie’s] win in Zürich spurred me to then do so well at the World Cup in Bordeaux.”
And what about when they are competing against each other?
Irma said: “For sure we are both competitive… but shared happiness is double happiness.”
Stephanie added: “If I can’t win, I always hope that she can make it. We always support each other at shows.”
This is certainly only the beginning for these two talented young riders, and fabulous friends!
Irma: “I hope we will share many more successful moments in our career.”