Ollasgården and Equestrian archery (EA)
The base for Ollasgården is the Horse Academy, where we help you look at the whole horse and where we as Sweden's Ambassadors for bitless riding and driving in the World Bitless Association, have the task of spreading the knowledge about this. We also teach reward-based training. But it is Equestrian archery that has become our face from the start, it is an exceptional tool to get better Team relationships. This is a some of what you as a beginner or experienced rider can train with us to get better communication with your horse!
We have a fully equipped track för training Equestrian archery,"the Gärdsjö track". The track is 90 m and here you can train both Tower and Raid with electronic timekeeping. The surface of the track is weatherproof and guest pastures are availabe for your horse!
The Hunt tracks are among the most fun we know, here we have no barriers (support ropes), for you to have the opportunity to learn to ride your horse with other commands. We think, this is Equestrian archery for real,
and our Viking track is 350 m long.
Practicing exciting situations that can arise in everyday life, but under safe conditions, is something we are really passionate about. We spend a lot of time getting the horses safe instead of using mechanical aids. Now there are six challenges that you can book for training!
THOMAS VON MÖHLEN
Thomas von Möhlen is the oldest known owner of "the Capitain farm" in our village Övre Gärdsjö. He was a Major for the committee people
in Dalecarlia 1675-1679 and died in 1712. Educated in the young superpower and Sweden's offensive spirit, Thomas von Möhlen does not seem
to have spend little time among the local women. On Midsummer's Day 1662, however, he married Sara Persdotter Schottenia, a priest's daughter
in Rättvik, who was probably born in in Irsta, Westeros around 1640. The family seem to have settled down in Rättvik around 1650's and their
descendants end up in the Frick family who today run Frick's patisserie. In 1751, Ollas Anders Olsson from a neighboring village, married into
the family, the farm was divided and the part where we live today is therefore called Ollasgården, the Ollas' farm. When we bought the farm
in 2011, we had little idea that we would find our roots here ourselves, it was just a beautiful place with many exciting riding and culture trails
around the corner, perfect for our plans. But a New Year's Eve when the whole family was ill, we started doing genealogy, it was the only thing
we did manage, and it was a breathtaking feeling when we one day found a connection between our ancestors and Thomas von Möhlen's family.
Today we feel strongly about managing the farm for the future while we build up our Horse Academy Here.
In our village Övre Gärdsjö (Upper filed lake), people have lived and enjoyed themselves through all times. "The earliest traces of human activity
in the Gärdsjö area consist of two clubs from the Neolithic (4000 - 1800 BC) which indicates that the area was used by the Stone Age hunters at
certain times. Permanent residence and cultivation of the area probably began during the Late Iron Age (400 - 1050 AD). The calcareous, fertile
soil provided good natural conditions for agriculture. The earliest settlement in the area took place in what now is Nedre Gärdsjö (Lower filed
lake). The village has one typical of the Iron Age beachfront location by Gärdsjön. Among the many cultivation cairns in the Gärdsjö area,
some particularly large carins stand out in the elevation between Nedre and Övre Gärdsjö. The height and size suggest that these are
Viking-era tombs." This is how Visit Dalarna writes about the Gärdsjö villages on their website, and our land is exactly the one mentioned,
the one that borders Nedre and Övre Gärdsjö. So it is for several reasons very fortunate, we ended up right here!
/ Ylwa and Mats Woxmark
Some exciting assingments we've had during the years:
The Danish Championships, helporganizers, Denmark 2017
District Championships (DC), Enköping 2020 (three silvermedals)
DC-coaching, Enköping 2020 (three silvermedals)
European Championships (EC), Poland 2019
EC-coaching, France 2017 (bronzemedal)
Grand Prix team 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
LIU, Local Sports Education in Horseback archery at Stiernhöök gymnasium 2016-2019
Nikkō Tōshō-gū shrine, Japan 2015
Renaissance festival Kronborg Slot, Denmark 2017, 2018
Swedish Championships (SC) 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (one gold, one bronzemedal), 2019 (bronzemedal)
SC-Coaching 2016 (two bronzemedals), 2017 (two goldmedals), 2018 (four gold, one gold, one bronzemedal), 2019 (bronzemedal), 2021 (bronzemedal), 2022 (bronzemedal)
Sweden International Horse Show 2017, 2018 (the picture), 2019
Educating International HBA Instructors, Austria 2019
World Championships (WC) 2018 (silvermedal)
WC-Coaching 2018 (two gold, two silver, one silvermedal)