Welcome to Andalusitano.com!
My name is Sofie Lyrefelt. I was born in Sweden 36 years ago but the last 26 years I have had my base in Spain. I have also lived in the UK and I went back to Sweden to finish my university studies in Theology before I decided that it was horses I wanted to work with! During the last 10 years I have been studying the art of dressage and and I am trained as a high school dressage rider, educated by some of Portugal’s and Spain’s foremost riders.
I love the connection between horse and human in the dressage and I love the total harmony when this connection is perfected! As with anything that has to do with art, you never stop learning and one of the main things I have learned is that there is so much to learn. It doesn’t matter what the dressage is called… It can be anything from Baroque dressage to, classical, to competition dressage or Alta Escuela but one thing is sure, you can always see when there is harmony, and when there is not. That’s what counts! Therefore I don’t like to judge any form of dressage, it’s not the name, clothes or “tag” that makes the rider, it’s the passion for learning and respect for the horse.
The responsibility of choosing the right horse…
As I have an interest in horse soundness I also spent years studying horse conformation and bio-mechanics. Sometimes when we are choosing a horse for a specific job it’s important to know that the horse will be able to endure what we ask of him. Therefore conformation is so important. I am confident in finding the right horse for the right job, and when possible, I will also ride the horses that are for sale on this site, to give an objective description of each horses training level, soundness and movements.
I do this because I love it. It’s that simple and there is nothing that makes me happier than when my clients love their horses too! There is so much happiness in horses!
Johnny is my husband to be and he is the photographer for Andalusitano. Johnny grew up in Wales on a farm where he had two horses, but in his twenties he moved to Marbella and has lived here the last 30 years. Johnny is an established, published photographer world wide and his specialty is wildlife and model photography. Johnny has a special feel for animals and especially horses. Sometimes we have problems when we photograph the horses loose as they always want to come and stand by Johnny. They will follow him and let him catch them, when nobody else can.
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