It will be a first Badminton and first at the level for German-based Swedish rider Louise Romeike (nee Svensson Jähde) In 2017 with Badminton entry Weiloch’s Utah Sun Louise (28). was a member of the Swedish team to win silver at the European Championships in Strzegom. In 2018 with Waikiki she was the highest placed member of the Swedish team at the WEG in Tryon.
Louise was born and raised in Kävlinge outside Lund in southern Sweden. Her mother Ann-Louise Svensson formerly competed for Sweden in eventing so Louise followed in her footsteps although at first wanted to train and ride race horses. At the age of 20 Louise moved to Germany to the yard of German National Team rider Peter Thomsen. In 2016 she suffered a schooling accident which was followed by lengthy rehabilitation but was back in the saddle in spring the following year and in September 2017 was a member of the team that won silver at the European Championships in Strzegom. Later in the year she won a tractor when heading the indoor cross country at the Swedish International Horse show.
At the end of 2017 after six years based with Peter Thomsen she set up a yard in Rendsberg with her then fiancé Claas Hermann Romeike. The pair married in November 2018. Louise is now aiming for Tokyo 2020.
Louise’s husband German event rider Claas Hermann Romeike started at Badminton in 2017 – her father in-law Hinrich Romeike won individual and team gold at the 2008 Olympic Games and was sixth at Badminton in 2007 (Marius Voight-Logistik). Louise trains with Peter Thomsen, Elisabet Lundholm and Detlef Peper.
Weilochs Utah Sun (aka Urmel) is a 15-year-old German-bred Holstein mare. She is by Limbus out of Imperial I by the influential stallion Cor de la Bryere. Louise’s other horse Waikiki (by Quinar) is out of Sila who is also out of Imperial I. Urmel is described as ‘a really good bucker. Even at the age of 15 and 9 years being together – I have to watch out and hold on tight from time to time’.
Wieloch's Utah Sun
17.0hh , chestnut , mare
Breeder Hans Thomsen
Stefan Wieloch & family, Skåne, Sweden
Hans Thomsen, Schleswig Holstein, Germany