CHIA DE GRACIA COLLABORATES WITH DRESSAGE RIDER AND TRAINER, MIKAELA SORATIE
Mikaela works in UK as a rider for Katja Kuistila´s horses and competes internationally. Mikaela was a member of the 2019 Nations Cup and participated in the Rotterdam European Championships with her self-trained horse called Dacor. In July 2019, she won an international GP class at Hickstedt, UK. Mikaela also competes with geldings Hot Casanova 2009, Yes Sir 2011 and stallion Royal de Topaz 2003.
Mikaela's coaches are currently Gareth Hughes from England and Momba Soratie, her mother. She is also involved in the Top Dressage Finland Team.
Mikaela's Favorite CdG Products: Chia Seeds, Protect That Tummy, MSM, Joint Buddy, Muscle Up, CdGE.
In addition to riding, Soratie handles dressage segment as a coach and she has a number of well succeed students. Soratie also designs horse-themed jewelry in their family company, Akoya. http://akoya.fi/en/
SHOW JUMPER NOORA MANNINEN
Chia de Gracia's sponsor rider, Show jumper Noora Manninen, born in 2002, has been riding regularly since she was six years old. Noora started in riding school but soon she got a pony of her own.
Currently, Noora has just got a new horse called Karkki and they are just about to start their companionship. During the pony years, Noora competed with her pony called Hamlet's Merick, who has now retired and enjoys easier days and light training. Noora also had a mare called Flox, but the cooperation ended earlier this year due to health problems. With Merick, Noora achieved Small pony´s GP class win in 2015, Norwegian pony final class win in 2016 and she got sixth and second place in the Danish Cup in Baltic Cup with Flox.
Noora's trainers in show jumping are Venla Keränen and Piia Pantsu. On the dressage side she is helped by Maisa Torkkola.
Noora's favorite CdG products include: Mash The Pony and Protect That Tummy, Rosehip and MSM.
EMMI SALMINEN & ST' OPHIR
Emmi Salminen started riding at a very young age and has been competing since she was 7 years old. Emmi and 10-year-old Ofi has been training and competing together since December 2017. Their goal in 2018 was to get to know each others and in the following years to compete in the Young Riders Level, PSG. In 2019, they got a silver medal at Finnish Championships. They also represented Finland in Nordics Championships in Denmark. They were also selected for the European Championships, but the trip did not take place.
Emmi is coached by another member of the CdG team, Mikaela Soratie “Keela” and Ville Vaurio. Emmi has previously competed in Pony Pony FEI Classes and on Horse Junior FEI Classes nationally, finishing second in the Finnish Championships.
Ofi "belongs to the family" as it is a descendant of CdG´s soul Gracia and s half-brother of CdG's young Graciano.
Emmi's favorite CdG products are: Electrolyte Up, Protect That Tummy, CdGE and Chia.
JOHANNA SIMILÄ & MEIN FREUND
The latest addition to the CdG team is Johanna Similä, a 17-year-old dressage rider from Espoo with her horse Mein Freund. Johanna has had a tremendous development career since she started riding at the age of 12 at the riding school and at the age of 14 she got her first own pony.
Johanna is facing junior years, which she is targeting with 10-year-old Manu. Manu and Johanna have been training together for over a year now. Year 2018 they got several placements and wins and reached silver medal in Finnish Championships in junior riders! In 2019 Johanna and Many won the Junior Finnish Championship!
The couple is also a part of the Finland´s national team and represented Finland in 2019 in the Nordic Championships is Denmark. Before Manu, Johanna had a pony called Hunsingo's Twister. Together they achieved 4th place in the national pony serie and got bronze medal in the Nordic Team Championships. Johanna is coached by Inkeri Kostiainen.
Johanna's favorite CdG products: nettle, rosehip, kelp, spirulina, Chia and Stress Away.