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2011 Inspection Judges
Jan-Ove Olsson
Jan-Ove has worked full time with horses for 25 years. He is very versatile as he runs a stallion facility; he is a breeder of dressage horses; he is a trainer and a judge. He has been a competition rider in eventing, jumping and most of all dressage. As a Junior and Young rider he was on the Swedish National team, representing our nation abroad. Competition has gradually given way to more and more training of riders and horses, and he now spends about 80% of his time as a dressage trainer and instructor, and about 20% as a judge of conformation and gaits. Jan-Ove was recently elected to the board of ASVH, where he will have special responsibility for the training and education of judges in conformation, gaits and jumping.

Some years ago Jan-Ove worked with the well known breeder Erik Nilsson, who has exported many horses to North America, most notably the dressage stallion Zorn. Zorn returned to Sweden under the good care of Jan-Ove during the last few years of his life. Jan-Ove has been a popular clinician in the USA, giving clinics in Detroit, Florida, and New Jersey.

Lars Berglund
Lars Berglund is the ASVH-appointed jumping judge for the 2005 North American Inspection Tour. He is a man of many talents: rider, trainer, judge, farrier, and breeder. His hotel and design company keeps him busy on top of all his horse related activities. Lars is one of four brothers who are all very involved with horses. He started showing horses and competing in jumping as a young boy. Qualifying for and competing in the European Championships for ponies is one of many highlights in his pony career. Moving up to horses, he successfully competed at 1.50 m. Training and showing stallions for the performance test was also part of his duties early on. Chirac 611, Furioso III 525, and Caruso 568 are among the famous sires that Lars broke and trained.

Today he focuses on starting young horses and bringing them up to 1.40 m., however, much of his time is spent judging young horses throughout Sweden. Lars judges 400-600 horses in free jumping every year. He has also judged the finals for the Swedish national foal championships several years in a row. He has judged horses in Holland and Germany as well as participated in international judge forums. To stay on top of the development of the Swedish Warmblood breed, he visits Germany and Holland 2-3 times a year where he also looks at young horses and studies new influences in breeding. The upcoming North American Inspection Tour will be his first time in the US and Canada.

Last updated on: 9/13/2011