Meet Patricia and Climber

Climber is a Breeders Course Veteran. Winner of an elimination as a 2-year-old, but an unlucky gallop in the final.
Then he was trained by Dion Tesselaar in Holland, but for two months he has been with the new professional trainer Patricia van der Meer.
– It's a very nice horse, Patricia says. I think he will make a good race on Wednesday.
Climber is thus in the first elimination for the big final during Solvalla's Elitloppsweekend last Sunday in May. And obviously Patricia's goal is to qualify the horse for that final.
- It would be huge.
At home at Jägersro, Patricia has quickly become a well-known and respected name, but for the general public she is new.
Patricia van der Meer lives after the motto to try.
If she has an opportunity, she gets a chance - then she takes it.
So, it's no wonder that the 2019 most successful amateur at Jägersro became a professional trainer a few days into the new year.
And she started with about 30 horses in training.
- I can hardly understand how things went, but we have got lots of nice horses so it is a bit annoying. We have many young horses and some we prepare for other trainers.
Patricia runs the business together with partner Martijn de Haan and they are located at Hulta Gård just outside Sjöbo in Skåne, Sweden.
If we take it from the start, Patricia was born in Holland where she attended the training school, but after an accident she dropped out of the horse industry and worked as an electrician for seven years. But when Martijn went to Sweden with five horses - and stayed - Patricia chose to come along. She liked Sweden, started working for Lutfi Kolgjini for over a year before working with Patrick de Haans (Martijn's brother) horses in Sweden. But after a complicated birth and while the horses in the Swedish branch did not deliver, Martijn and Patricia moved to Holland again. Patricia returned to the electricity while Martijn worked as a truck driver, although some horses there was time for civilian jobs.
- Suddenly Conrad Lugauer called, he needed staff. So, we took the step to Sweden again, we tried and dared. If you don't dare you have the feeling all your life - if ... I would regret it.
Martijn worked as a farrier, Patricia continued with Lars I Nilsson and her own horse numbers rose. On the detours they were told that Hulta was for sale, from the beginning they rented some boxes but a few years ago they started renting the whole yard.
Today it is more or less full in the stables.
- Many people have problems getting horses into training, but the owners just call us. So, we feel a little pampered.
In addition to the stable in Skåne, she also has a branch with about 20 horses (including Climber) in Stockholm.
- I am very much in Stockholm while Martijn is mostly in Skåne. Of course, it gets a lot of work.

On Wednesday, in the first elimination for the 3-year-old Breeders Course horses, Climber will show that the stable gets a cool start.
– Climber has been a little keen before, but in his debut (finished four) he was almost lazy. I think he's got ahead with that workout and is an optimist. Kim (the driver Kim Eriksson) also knows the horse well.
First elimination, 2140 meter
1 Climber, Kim Eriksson
2 Bubble Effe, Björn Goop
3 Magical Princess, Örjan Kihlström
4 Bolero Gar, Jorma Kontio
5 Custom Cheval, Rikard N Skoglund
6 Global Bootleg, Erik Adielsson
7 Aperfecttric, Jim Oscarsson
Remaining eliminations
Åby 9/5.
Jägersro 13/5.
Solvalla 13/5.
Note: Should Holland open for trotting sports in May and Wolvega get permission to compete on May 15, there will be five eliminations and thus the two most important from each elimination as well as two threes that qualify for the final. All eliminations and finals are decided over 2140 meters.