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Making it to the top in equestrian sport depends on so many parts of the puzzle. It's an art and takes a bit of luck to get everything right on the day. When you do get it right, it's so rewarding. For me, the real purpose of a goal is what it makes of you as a human being while you pursue it. Who you become as a person is the ultimate reward.

Who is Alex

About Alex
  • Slideshow
  • Zidane in Falsterbo 2014
  • Flecu in Barcelona 2014
  • Cafino in Rome 2014
  • Isaac in Arezzo 2011
  • Barcelona 2014
  • Zidane in Rome 2014
  • Hermes Leading Rider 2014
  • WEG 2014
  • Wellington stables
  • Fleci in Barcelona
  • Isaac in La Baule 2010
  • With Henrik von Eckerman in Barcelona 2014
  • Canora in Rome
  • Cafino in Dublin 2014
Home Base

Home Base

Home Base

Stables

Springfield Farm, situated in Linderöd in the south of Sweden has been our base for the last 30 years.

The Zetterman family has always been well known for running their horse commerce very successfully here and many championship horses has been sold and produced out of Springfield Farm. Aisling and Royne Zetterman moved to Springfield Farm back in 1987 and founded Sprigfield Showjumpers.

 

Today the farm is run by Alexander together with Aisling with a number of 12-15 quality horses in training. Alexander mainly focuses on the sport and chooses to educate and produce top young horses to the highest level. He also offers trainings and clinics both at home and away.

The farm is situated one hour from Copenhagen airport, which makes it easy for clients to get to and it’s close to the Europeean continent which is the heart of the major show jumping competitions.

Vision and Values

Vision and Values

Vision and Values

Why Riding is much more than just a sport

All my life I have trained, studied and modeled the very best of my industry and other industries. By using what I have and what I’ve created, I’m achieving more and more goals and getting closer and closer to the top of the sport. But no matter how corny it sounds, if you want to be the best, you really have to believe that the sky is the limit! It’s like trying to imagine that the universe really is eternal! Because it doesn’t matter how much you have achieved, it seems you will never have enough, be good enough or perfect enough. It’s a never ending process. Medals, money and trophies are material, but it’s the road to success that really counts and gives you fulfillment.

Everyday I’m out there improving and innovating to achieve my goals and visions. I’m improving my riding, getting better horses, growing my business, getting owners, getting endorsements, empowering my team, improving my fitness, improving my mental strength, researching what’s be best food, what’s the best training system etc. to get to the top of my sport.

 

”Success is not about your resources, it’s about how resourceful you are with what you have”

– Tony Robbins

Competition is good for you and helps you push yourself further, but in the end, it’s gotta be about you because you can always be better than you were yesterday, regardless of what your competitors do or what anyone has ever done before you.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time and man of many, many records said; ”I always wanted to be the first Michael Phelps”.

For the sport of showjumping I believe the future is bright and I would like to bring it to where it becomes worldwide known. Imagine if showjumping riders were worldwide household names, imagine if showjumping was broadcasted on NBC, imagine if CNN showed highlights from major competitions, imagine if riders got million dollar endorsements… That’s something I’ve always envisioned and a vision I hope will be a reality one day”

  • The Team
  • Aisling
    Manager
  • Victoria
    Groom
  • Viktoria
    Groom
Victoria Passgård

Victoria Passgård

Victoria Passgård

Being the head show groom, Victoria travels with Alex and the horses to shows globally and is also based in Florida with Alex during the winter season.

She has a background as a show groom (with Alex since 2014) and has previously worked for Malin Stiernswärd and Heiko Schmidt, as well as she has interned with Eamon Hickey.

She is educated in horse science and is a graduated groom from Flyinge, one of Swedens three national equestrian institutions.

Viktoria Hresan

Viktoria Hresan

Viktoria Hresan

Groom
Viktoria Hresan is 26 years old, from Jönköping and a horse lover since birth.
She is a graduated Youth Leader, and has been in leading and organizing roles since many years back, amongst them been in the board of Smålands Youth Organization.
She studied to become an instructor and riding teacher at Strömsholm 2010 before she went to Ireland and later to John and Marie Burke to work and get more experience in the equestrian scene.
Viktoria is the newest addition of the team,a nd has been with team Alex since April 2015.
Aisling

Aisling

Aisling

Head of Operations

Aisling is Head of Operations. Managing shows, planning, travel, orders and being the head of the staff she manages the Springfield Equestrian business.

Being the CEO and owner of  Springfield Showjumpers AB for 30 years, training, producing and trading horses internationally, she is a backbone in the team and a great support in business as well in as in the daily operations.

” It is not a myth that people who work together can achieve lot more, than doing things self. I know that my team is one of my success factors and that they all play a major role for how far I will reach. The word “team” has a meaning, who I believe in; Together Everyone Achieve Miracles.”

  • Moments
    of happiness
  • Horses
    A selection of showhorses below

About Alex

Zidane (sold)

Born: 2004
Sex: Gelding
Studbook: KWPN
Pedigree: Sam R - Calvados
Owner/Breeder: Springfield Show AB / Breeder: P. Heijligers
Former rider: Ali Wolff
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for sale

Flecu (sold)

Born: 2004
Sex: Gelding
Studbook: HANN
Pedigree: Hip Hop-Flamingo
Owner/Breeder: Breeder: Caroline Jacobsson
Former rider: Alexander Zetterman
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Avon 1177 (sold)

Born: 2004
Sex: Stallion
Studbook: SWB
Pedigree: Quidam de Revel - Cortez
Owner/Breeder: Owner / Breeder: PVRT Equestrian AB
Former rider: Jens Fredricson
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Cafino (sold)

Born: 2003
Sex: Gelding
Studbook: SWB
Pedigree: Cardento - Roderik
Owner/Breeder: Owner: Victoria Colvin / Breeder: Birgitta och Anders Nilsson
Former rider: Alexander Zetterman
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Holsteins Matina

Born: 2009
Sex: Mare
Studbook: Holsteiner
Pedigree: Party Dance - Charmeur
Owner/Breeder: Holstein family
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Cordalis 8

Born: 2007
Sex: Gelding
Pedigree: Corrado I - Lansing
Owner/Breeder: Owner: Padpadak, Breeder: Klaus Thiedemann
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Zidane (sold)

Born: 2004
Sex: Gelding
Studbook: KWPN
Pedigree: Sam R - Calvados
Owner/Breeder: Springfield Show AB / Breeder: P. Heijligers
Former rider: Ali Wolff

Zidane came to our stables during the Wellington circuit 2014 and has been my third horse in the team after Cafino and Flecu. He’s a super fast horse, very careful with a sometimes very funny technique as he sometimes stretches out his frontlegs forward in the air like ’’Superman’’. He’s got a funny character, he’s a very happy horse and if he was a human he would be a professional actor, in the stall he will be looking very happy and ears forward and next minute he’s got a cross look in his face, but we all know he’s just trying to look like he’s angry but he’s actually really happy and wants to play the angry game!

Flecu (sold)

Born: 2004
Sex: Gelding
Studbook: HANN
Pedigree: Hip Hop-Flamingo
Owner/Breeder: Breeder: Caroline Jacobsson
Former rider: Alexander Zetterman

– previous horse –

Flecu is my first horse in the stable and has been at Springfield Farm since October 2010. He was very successful as a young horse, he won a lot of classes as a seven year old and topped 2011 with a win in the 7 year old championships in Falsterbo. Last year was a vey successful year with Flecu, took many top placings in Wellington, Geesteren, Falsterbo and Dublin. He’s a horse with a wonderful character, and he’s the star in the stable but just the same – being a Swedish bred one could say that he’s the epitome of Swedish ’’lagom”, he’s moderate in his way of being and doesn’t go to the extremes. But just when you think like that, he will remind you every now and then with a few kicks or scraping on the boxdoor who is the boss!

Flecu is now sold to young talented rider Viggo Björklund, and we wish horse and rider lots of success and joy in the future.

Avon 1177 (sold)

Born: 2004
Sex: Stallion
Studbook: SWB
Pedigree: Quidam de Revel - Cortez
Owner/Breeder: Owner / Breeder: PVRT Equestrian AB
Former rider: Jens Fredricson

Avon is a new addition to our team, although I rode him as a four and five year old at the stallion performace test in 2009, where he was approved as a stallion in Sweden. He’s since been competing with my brother, Daniel and Jens Fredricson. It’s one of those horses you look forward to riding because he’s so nice to ride and deal with. He is a very cool horse and aways up for the task, whether it’s a speed class, derby class or Grand Prix. I’m looking forward to see how far we can go!

Cafino (sold)

Born: 2003
Sex: Gelding
Studbook: SWB
Pedigree: Cardento - Roderik
Owner/Breeder: Owner: Victoria Colvin / Breeder: Birgitta och Anders Nilsson
Former rider: Alexander Zetterman

– previous horse –

Cafino came to our stables in September 2013 and on the day one year later we went to the World Championships. That basically tells you all about what fairytale story it’s been with this horse. Cafino is without doubt the horse that has meant most for me and my career. He really made me believe time after time that I could do anything, jump clear in any Grand Prix in the world, go faster than what’s possible and get on one of the best national teams in the world. When you have a horse like him in your stable, it makes you and all the other horses raise their level, it’s kind of magic! Now he’s sold to the USA and will be competing with young Victoria Colvin and he has a great home which is very important for me. It was a very tough time to let him go as you ought to think that this might have been the horse of your life.

Holsteins Matina

Born: 2009
Sex: Mare
Studbook: Holsteiner
Pedigree: Party Dance - Charmeur
Owner/Breeder: Holstein family
Holsteins Matina is Alexanders shooting star in the stable. She’s been under Alexs training since april 2014. She has proven early her talent, being 5th as 5 year old in the Scandinavian Open at Falsterbo Horse Show and has continued with a 3d place as a 6-year old and 1st place as a 7 years old.
She has an enormous capacity and a great mind for jumping.

Cordalis 8

Born: 2007
Sex: Gelding
Pedigree: Corrado I - Lansing
Owner/Breeder: Owner: Padpadak, Breeder: Klaus Thiedemann

Cordalis came to Springfield Farm in august 2015, and last fall he took the step up as Alexanders first horse. He was placed 6th in the Volkswagen GP final in Elmia, Jönköping and qualified for Sweden Horse Show. He’s a very genuine and uncomplicated horse with a giant heart!

success in numbers
  • 17
    Nations Cups
  • 10
    European and
    World Championships
  • 1784
    Clear
    rounds
  • 7
    times
    Swedish
    champion

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