Trainer Cathrine Erichsen at Øvrevoll Racetrack in Norway.
I am a Norwegian trainer, based in Oslo, Norway. I am 48 years old and have had a professional trainers licence since 1995. I have worked with racehorses since 14 years of age and have also been a successful amateur rider. As the amateur champion several times in Norway I participated in the Fegentri-series for amateur riders, racing successfully all over Europe as well as in the United States. I have also degrees in both economics and marketing.
My stable is located in Oslo, at Øvrevoll, the only racetrack in Norway. Please find more information about our track at www.ovrevoll.no We have good training conditions on the track and ready access to the track, hurdles and stalls etc.
I have a large stable of 20 boxes, as well as loose boxes outside for 5-15 horses. The 2017 season I had 28 horses in training so the capacity is no problem. At the moment I have 20 horses in training.
During my training career I have had an average of 20 horses in training each year. From a limited material I have managed to achieve good results. I have won two Derby’s: The Norwegian Derby 2003 and The Danish Derby 2002. I have also won 4 Group 3 races, amongst them the Scandinavian Open Championship in Denmark where my horse Albaran beat the runner up Yavana’s Pace trained by Mark Johnston. I have also twice trained the Norwegian ‘Horse of the Year’.
I believe therefore that I have a lot to offer the owners of my horses. I manage to get good results by managing to train each individual to give me their best efforts.
The costs of training a horse in Norway are considerably less than in the rest of Europe. My fee is abt £ 40/day plus adds costs. The horses that win the rich races have therefore a good possibility to earn their cost.
The average level of the horses in Scandinavia is a TF of 100 for the elder horses and a TF of 90 for the 2-Y-O. This average level shows that there are great possibilities for new horses to conquer our racing scene. Foreign owners that are willing to take a chance on what we have to offer can find great opportunities and the experience of winning our largest races.
Scandinavia has four racetracks localised in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. They plan the racing season to accommodate the best possibilities for the horses. The opportunities are many for the best horses to win and they travel easily between the racetracks.
I sincerely hope that you find this possibility interesting and that you will consider having some of your horses trained in Norway. I am very interested in starting a dialog with your organisation and am willing to travel to Europe to discuss a possible future cooperation.
Scandinavian racing is a golden opportunity that waits to be exploited by international owners.