Danish-born Charlotte Jorst began taking riding lessons at the age of 35, which is highly unusual for a rider of her level. It was not until after selling Skagen, the small watch company Charlotte and her husband Henrik started, to Fossil that Jorst seriously focused on her riding career. With the help of a talented string of horses, Jorst started competing across the world, collecting solid placings.
Quickly, Jorst cemented herself as one of the leading dressage adult amateurs. In 2013, she picked up numerous prestigious placings, including the Markel/USEF Western Selection Trials Championship, the Markel/USEF Six-Year-Old National Championship with Kastel’s Vitalis, and the Markel/USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Championship with Kastel’s Adventure.
After excelling at the lower levels, Jorst began competing in CDI competition in 2012. In 2015, Jorst competed in her first Nations Cup at CDIO5* Rotterdam. She and Kastel’s Nintendo placed third in the Grand Prix Special, helping the U.S. to a Team Bronze medal.
In the midst of her training, Jorst was diagnosed with skin cancer twice. Not wanting to risk a third diagnosis, Jorst created a UV-protective clothing line, Kastel Denmark. The business is so popular that she conducts business on the road around her competition schedule.
Jorst likes to balance her riding time and involvement with Kastel Denmark by spending time with her husband of 25 years and their daughters, Camilla and Christine.