– Great experience – VG

- Great experience - VG
Victory: Bjorn Ron Gelsten with “Like a Diamond van het Schaeck” and Brazilian Marlon Zanotelli, who led the horse to victory in Paris.

Bjorn Ron Gelsten, 65, can smile proudly after his horse Like a Diamond van het Schaeck won one of the world’s most prestigious showjumping competitions.


Brazilian Marlon Zanotelli was sitting on horseback when the duo won the World Tour Champions in the Heart of Paris – with the entire Gelsten family in the front row. The first prize was just over a million crowns.

– A great experience for us to be a part of winning the Grand Prix in Paris, Gjelsten tells VG.

– Is it your biggest victory ever?

– Yes maybe. The Grand Prix in Paris is one of the biggest races of the year. It is an honor to have the opportunity to support one of the best jockeys in the world, and perhaps the best ever, with the best horses, he says of the collaboration with Brazilian Zanotelli.

Gjelsten says he bought the horse in 2021, and that it cost “a few tens of millions of coronas”. Therefore, the winning prize is also good to take with you.

But experience is more important than money. Gelsten says this victory is fun and motivating at the same time.

Proud winner in Paris. From left: Solveig Gjelsten, Marlon Zanotelli, the groom herself, settled girl Andrea Hoenack, Bjørn Rune Gjelsten and Ingrid Gjelsten.

Norwegian singles player Geir Gulliksen (62) finished fifth in the same competition.

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He won the World Cup in Stockholm in 2020, but this is a bigger competition. It’s impressive that he maintains the pressure, says Gelsten.

His daughter Ingrid (21 years old) has Gulixen as her mentor, while Marlon Zanotelli is her coach. They live in Belgium.

– Therefore, this was a special experience for Ingrid, says Bjorn Ron Gelsten.

The daughter was fair Six hundred miles away from victory In another class on Friday, when she beat Jessica Springsteen, Bruce’s daughter, among others.

She’s just Ingrid’s daughter Who made Gilston save his horse.

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He is very happy to collaborate with Marlon Zanotelli.

– On the showjumping scale, he’s still a 34-year-old, and he’s already impressively developed, says Bjørn Rune Gjelsten.

The horse “Like a Diamond van het Schaeck” is in a stable in Belgium, where Gjelsten owns another horse.

– He starts to get a lot of horses eventually, Gjelsten smiles. Among other things, he built his own stable with the Gulliksen family in Lier.

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