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My first Instagram-meetup! Yulia’s goal is to ride a horse in every country she visits

A while ago I found an Instagram account out of the ordinary; Yulia Frolova aka Equi Geo had a goal to ride one horse in every country she visited. I immediately started following her adventures, so many amazing photos from so many interesting countries! It was fascinating to get a look into a completely different world of horses.

I have traveled a bit myself, and so far I have ridden horses in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Egypt, Brazil and Spain, plus a camel in UAE, but that does not count, I guess. On my bucket list right now is Iceland, which I will visit later this year. I can’t wait!

Last fall I saw a post in my feed that immediately caught my attention .. The Norwegian flag! A rare sight in my Instagram-feed, haha. Yulia was looking for a place to ride in Norway! I immediately sent her a message, and of course Yulia ended up visiting me and the coolest Friesian in the world. ;) Norway is Yulia’s number 33!

So far she has also ridden horses in UAE, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Singapore, Czech Republic, USA, Qatar, Morocco, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, Italy, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, France, Oman, Austria, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Iraq, Belgium, Spain, Iran, Lebanon, Netherlands, Iceland and Egypt. That’s quite impressive! Because of that list, I was not afraid to meet up with Yulia. I mean, a girl that has been able to make friends in so many different countries must be simply AWESOME to spend time with, haha!

I met Yulia and her friend Katya at Oslo Central Station, and took the train towards the stable together with them a chilly morning in December. This was actually my first proper Instagram-meetup! The train ride was lovely and we had a great time! Yulia and Katya had even made me a gorgeous pair of Batman-mittens, and they were absolutely gorgeous! I’m so grateful!

When we arrived at the stable, Yulia got to play with Batman and do some tricks and try liberty. They did great and Batman was a gentleman as always. What a horse! He offered trot and even a couple of steps in calm canter and seemed to have a blast!

After that, I gave Yulia a “learn to ride bridleless in 15 minutes”-lesson. That’s a huge challenge, it takes years to ride a horse like Batman with the seat only, and I still struggle some days. Yulia did an excellent job with Batman, and listened very well to my advice. I was so proud of them both! Superteam!

After our little session in the round pen, my friend Linn let Yulia go for a ride on Takawi. Linn rode her other horse, and Batman joined the party too, while I followed on foot to take photos.

The ride went great too – Takawi is a gentle giraffe and took good care of his traveling companion!

Thank you so much for an amazing day Yulia, I will never forget this experience! Hopefully we will meet again, and I’m looking forward to continue following her journey on Instagram.

Peace, love and Friesian hugs,
Batman & Matilde

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Vi skal ha Meet & Greet på AEG! Sees vi?!

Så utrolig KULT! Batman og jeg er blitt invitert til årets Arctic Equestrian Games for å ha en Meet & Greet! Jeg er nervøs, stolt og gleder meg ekstremt mye til å møte dere alle!

Lørdag 25. februar kommer jeg og Batman til å møte alle våre venner fra hele landet utenfor hovedinngangen under AEG. Klokka tolv presis stiller vi med gulrøtter og godt humør for å si hei til verdens herligste venner, følgere, fans og stalkere!

Det er utrolig gøy å bli invitert til AEG, og at vi får til å arrangere dette. Batman har sannsynligvis flere fans i sosiale medier enn alle topphestene som kommer dit for å konkurrere til sammen, så selvsagt hører han hjemme på Norges største hesteshow! Ironisk er det at vi ikke tør starte klubbstevner selv engang ;) Jeg synes Batman bør få en sløyfe for å være internettkjendis. (Hint hint)

På agendaen står det selfiekonkurranse med flotte premier fra Klesarven, Agria og Nordic Horse Equipment til de kuleste, rareste og beste Batman-selfiene.

Du får si hei til meg (wow), hilse på Batman, gi han en gulrot, kanskje få et kyss i retur, og hvis herremannen er i humør, får du kanskje prøve deg på litt triks med ham.

Jeg kommer såklart til å ha på meg rideskjørtet mitt som jeg lanserte i samarbeid med Klesarven, og alle som møter får mulighet til å prøve skjørtet under arrangementet.

Etter at Meet & Greet-en er ferdig, får to heldige Batman-fans bli med på en photoshoot med ham.

VI SEES PÅ AEG ELLER?! Hvis ingen kommer, så dør jeg av skam, og da blir Batman lei seg, så du er basically forpliktet til å komme etter å ha lest dette.

Stor klem fra Batman & Matilde


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My plans for 2017


Arctic Equestrian Games 2017

Photos from

See you in Vestfold! Hopefully I will head for this year’s Arctic Equestrian Games together with Batman. We are actually trying to arrange a Batman-Meet & Greet during this year’s AEG. How awesome is that? If we succeed, everyone attending can have a closer look at the majestic Friesian horse, give Batman a hug, a carrot and take a selfie with him. We will have a “best Batman-selfie”-contest, and if possible, five fans will have the opportunity of trying some liberty dressage with him. Right now we don’t know if we will manage to arrange it or not, but with or without Batman, I will be there!

I will give you more information if we get the Meet & Greet confirmed, and have plenty of fun ideas! Fingers crossed.



Rørosmartnan 2017

Photos from Destinasjon Rorøs.

I can barely wait for this one – I will join lassekjørerne from Nord-Østerdal Lasskjørarlag on their journey to Røros, across the mountains from Dalsbygda. From Rørosmartnan’s web site: As a part of the opening ceremony, more than eighty horse-drawn sleighs from Sweden, Gudbrandsdalen, Østerdalen, Hedmark, Gauldalen, Selbu and Tydal participate, marking the arrival in Røros after travelling for almost two weeks in the old-fashioned manner.

A Royal decree from 1853 states that «From 1854 onwards a yearly market shall be held in Røros, commencing the second to last Tuesday in the month of February, and lasting until the following Friday.”

It will be an adventure I will never forget – dressed in historical clothes from the 1800s, in a sled pulled by a strong dølahest in the freezing cold, on a journey surrounded by the remarkable nature.

It is impressive that they are still keeping the tradition alive – this year Rørosmartnan will open for the 164th time, and each year around 70 000 visitors attend to the market.



Fürstliche Hofreitschule Bückeburg

The photos above belongs to the Fürstliche Hofreitschule Bückeburg and is borrowed from their website.

I will travel to Hamburg for a Sum 41-concert with a friend, and stay for a couple of days. During the visit to Germany I will also travel to the Fürstliche Hofreitschule Bückeburg, because I suddenly realized that it is just 2 hour by car away from Hamburg! I was simply spending an hour in Google Maps, typing the names of everything I knew you could do in Germany, haha. Most of my searches resulted in more information about the size of Germany, with an average travel time of 5 hours! After reading about Norah Kohle’s stay in Bückeburg last summer, and following the Hofreitschule on Facebook for a long time, I can barely wait to March! It will be an epic journey!

I gotta figure out some more fun stuff to do while I’m Hamburg tho! Any tips?



Clinic with Arne Koets

The photos above are borrowed from the Facebook-event and Wikipedia.

I had actually forgotten that I was going to attend to this clinic, but well. Two weeks ago, Linn surprised me with the fact that I was going to attending to a clinic with Arne Koets in March – with Batman! That’s basically gambling, I tried to attend to many clinics last year, one with Dr. Gerd Heuchemann, but because of Batman’s health we had to cancel everything. Hopefully he will be able to do some groundwork with Arne, I’m looking forward to it anyways. Worst case scenario is to work from halt, which is fine too! All my favorite equestrian Norwegians will be there. Can’t wait to see everyone!

Want to attend to a clinic with Arne? You can find him at


March / April

Amsterdam with Daniel

The photos above are borrowed from the and Wikipedia.

Daniel got a trip to Amsterdam for Christmas, and I’m of course aiming to spend some time with Friesians while we are visiting Batman’s country! We will spend most of the weekend in the city, but are planning to find a stable and go for a ride one of the days. I can’t wait! I will also try to stop by Levend Paardenmuseum de Hollandsche Manege. Anything else to do in Amsterdam? Feel free to give me some tips in the comment field.



Medeltidsveckan in Visby

Photos © by Awai, Jacob AllestadSofie Annersved and Elin Kero, Medeltidsveckan / Pressmachine.

Last summer I went to Oslo Middelalderfestival for the first time in my life. I planned to go there when I was around 8, but it was cancelled, and I remember so well how disappointed I was. So last year, I finally decided to go! And it was one of the best days of my life, I had so much fun. The food was amazing, so many lovely people, pretty things, music and the enovirement in general .. Wow. I loved every single second and cried in the line on my way in because I was so happy, haha! My poor friends seemed a bit embarrased. (Sorry guys) After that I went to Tønsberg Middelalderfestival with Daniel, which was also a great experience, and the only thing I on my mind was “MORE”!

Having my head stuck in Viking/Game of Thrones/Outlander everything that is older than 1743 is awesome. So this year Linn and I will travel to Visby in Sweden and experience Medeltidsveckan for the first time! WOW! All my Instagram-friends from Scandinavia will be there I think, and August cannot come soon enough. Some of the photos here are taken by Elin Kero / Nevnarien, I recommend her blog posts from Visby! Check it out here.

© Elin Kero, Medeltidsveckan / Pressmachine.


Mounted Archery on Iceland

The photos above are from the Natural Horseback Archery and Pixabay.

This one started with Batman’s chiropractic treatment. Best vet appointment ever. My vet suggested that I could join her on her journey to Iceland and join her on a natural mounted archery clinic in September/October, and I was like hell yes I’m in! So yeah .. I’m actually going to ICELAND! To learn more about mounted archery, explore Iceland for the very first time and enjoy every single second of our stay. I have tried to travel to Iceland for years(!) but I don’t know anyone that would like to go with me, and I did not want to travel alone. This will be the best fall ever. I started trying to learn archery in 2015 and think I know the basics, but it will be amazing to have some professional instruction, especially when it comes to technique, which can be tricky to practice alone in the forest without guidance.

I also got a lesson on an Icelandic horse last year, together with Pluvinel, and I must admit that Icelandics are awesome horses! Read the blog from my tölt-lesson here.

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Vikings in the mist

In collaboration with Klesarven

At least a little bit viking? Wearing my new viking hood in front of our stable’s very own Yggdrasil-tree, I definitely felt like one! Batman and I enjoyed the foggy weather in the field, and the mist covered the landscape around us, turning everything into a mystic, beautiful place to spend the afternoon. Batman was super during this little photoshoot and gladly showed some of his tricks!

Simply because this fits in, vikinghette is Norwegian for viking hood, and here it is spelled in runes:


My hood can be found on, it is both comfy, warm and gorgeous! We are together working on a really fun project nowadays (or, Lene is doing most of the actual work, my job is to trot around in the forest testing prototypes), we are actually going to launch a RIDING SKIRT very soon! And it is awesome! I got mine finished in wool today and will take photos very soon. I walked around in my apartment wearing it all afternoon, feeling like I came right out of 1764! It will be available in different colors, and my question to you is: what color would you prefer?

My favorites so far are charcoal and dark beige!

A huge thanks to my friend Linn for the awesome photos ❤

Peace, love and viking hugs,
Batman & Matilde