Every year, Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann went to the Gothenburg competition with his family, and that is how his passion for horse riding was born. Then, when his years as a young rider came to an end, he spent a month with Ludger Beerbaum. And eventually stayed there… for 12 years.
His first major successes were with Ludger Beerbaum's former horse, Gotha, with which he won a team bronze medal at the European Championships in 2013, and won the World Cup stage in Mechelen in 2012.
He then moved to Karl Schneider’s yard to build his own business, and also discovered Mary Lou thanks to him.
He competed in several Olympiads and won a team silver medal at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018. He was associated with Toveks Mary Lou, a mare who also helped him to win the Rolex Grand Prix in s'Hertogenbosch in 2019, as well as the CSI 5* Windsor Grand Prix in the same year.
He also reached the 3rd step of the podium at the World Cup finals in 2017 and 2018, and won a team silver medal in the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2017 with Mary Lou.
Henrik von Eckermann shares his life with the Swiss Olympic rider Janika Sprunger. Together they live near Bonn, Germany. With the Swedish team, he won the Nations Cup in Aachen in 2019, a success Sweden had been waiting on for 90 years.