Bent Branderup

Only 14 months old, Bent stated for Christmas: "Jeg vil ha en hest" (I want a horse). His plans for the future where therefore already quite obvious....


At the age of 12, he had his own training horses and trained them for his neighbours for ring riding. In exchange, he was allowed to use the horses for military or hunting. At 14, he had his first self-trained couch horses and was restoring couches at the local museum and found his love for history and hippology.

Bent founded a museum collection for ring riding - a traditional sport in his home country Denmark - and wrote a book about that topic.


Having finished school, he stayed for three quaters of a year in Iceland, to study the traditional work with original islandic horse. Bent planned to study Hippology afterwards at a porper University.

Before starting, he travelled to Spain to get an deeper insight into the export and influence of the typical spanish horse on the baroque european horse. Besides,  he wanted to experience the traditional spanish riding culture at the "Escuela Andalusa del Arte Equestre". He never came back home to his studies.


A long travel throughout europe began - Iceland, Spain, Germany, to mention just some places. He stayed at the "Escuela Andalusa del Arte Equestre" in Jerez to work with Don Alvaro Domecq and Don Javier Garcia Romero and studied their work.

The outstanding personality and the broad knowledge of these two masters of their guild were to have a most important influence on Bent's own developement. Through Don Javier Garcia Romero Bent came in contact with the traditional spanish horse.

His travel continued to different masters of the art of riding like Nuño Olivera in Portugal and Egon von Neindorff in Germany.


In 1988, Bent met the two and a half year old knappstrupper stallion Hugin for the first time. Hugin's shape was a catastrophy, and Bent took him as his horse.

The following autumn of the year 1988, Hugin became premium champion of the year.

In 1991, Hugin had a bad accident at a breeding station  and came home with three broken legs, four years later, Hugin went totally blind. 

First and foremost for Hugin, Bent learned to use dressage for the horse, and not the horse for dressage. In 2015, Hugin turns 29. He still is in a good shape and is working daily.


Togehter with his horses, Bent lives  on his farm Lindegaard in Denmark. He spends his time with the education of his horses and the exploration of the work of the old masters.

He still travels a lot through Europe, to teach his students in the Academic Art of Riding. He has written several books about the Academic Art of Riding, developed a home study course about the art of riding and filmed some education videos to conserve at least his knowledge of the art of riding for future generations.


Next to the education of his horses and his students, Bent is working on preserving the old baroque breeds like the Fredriksborger horse and the very old type spanish ones. Special for this type is not only the beautiful shaped head, but the long and slim neck, free shoulders with high moveability, supple haunches and a wonderful character and working mind.


Each first Wednesday of the month Bent is opening his stable and riding arena for a Public Evening.

He offers visitors an insight in his daily working routine and explains the work on different levels of education, starting with a youngster up to fully schooled stallions, showing the airs.

The Public Evening is starting at 18:00 o'clock, 20€ per person, no application necessary.


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An interessting article from 2009 about the historical point of view and the academic art of riding. Click here so read it.


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