A happy and relaxed Espen in the winners paddock Saturday
Rikke Bay-Torp and Clauses Angola win the Danish Amateur Championship before Sir Walther/Lea Olsen and Miss Else/Lucas Olsen
Espen Ski with the Amateur jockeys and members of the
DAC at Klampenborg at his exhibition: From the left: Lone Reimer-Høgenhaug – Vice Chairman, Lisa Lindberg, Sabina Gammelgaard, Lise Vest, The winner and Chairman Rikke Bay-Torp, Espen, Cecilie Johnsen, Mona Al-Haj. In front of them: Jaqueline Jacobsen and Victoria Larsen
Saturday I went racing and photographed for the first time in a while. It was nice to get into things. I knew that Espen was comming and was looking forward to seeing him. But first the race.
It was the Danish Championship for Amateurs with 10 horses running. At the end, there was only one horse in the lead and that was Clauses Angola with Rikke Bay-Torp in the saddle. A very convincing win and a very happy jockey and of course trainer and owner.
Clauses Angola (Academy Award – Andalouise) is a bay mare owned by Reinhold Andersen AB, bred by Østerbygaard Stud and trained by Ellinor Rasmusson, Malmö and was ridden by Rikke Bay-Torp
For the prize Espen Ski had contributed one of his works to the winning jockey. Most people here know who Espen is or rather who he was! This article is as much about him and his new life as anything else. The Espen you knew was one of the most succesful jockeys in Scandinavia. He did most of what you’d want in that field and then he did something he most certainly did not. He got injured – seriously injured!
Espen fell of and had serious headtrauma and was in hospital for a long time and for him to even survive was a miracle. So he is just so grateful to be just that – alive! Of course he had times of despair and misery and thinking about “what now?” and if he could go back. And we as a public didn’t know much and that was also due to the process of him not knowing for a long time. What he wanted and what was possible. The acceptance that life was now different took a long time and a lot of internal work. Espen has been on a horse afterwards and it’s not that he can’t ride anymore. He can, but he’s not the same man anymore and another fall could be the last. It’s simply not worth it.
He is now very happy exploring his artistic side and Saturday he displayed some of it at Klampenborg and gave one of his works as a prize in this race. A very nice collage.
It was extreemly nice to see Espen so happy and relaxed and well. I haven’t seen him since last year at the Norwegian Derby Day where he was physically well but the whole process was not there yet. I could clearly tell the difference and that was great to see. As that is the most important: That Espen is happy and healthy – now the artist Espen Ski! He’ll try and come back to Klampenborg next season with more art. Personally I’m very much looking forward to it.