On horseback!

6 june – 6 september 2010


Horses were crucial to Boden’s development for over a century. They were present even during the construction of Boden’s fortress in the early 1900s. It sometimes took up to 30 horses to pull the sledges to the top of Rödberget and the other five forts, sledges loaded with armored domes and parts for the gun turrets – some weighing as much as 25 tons.

Boden’s regiments also relied on horses in their operations during the first half of the 1900s. It was military personnel who started Boden’s Field Riding Club in 1907-1908. Captain Bo Tarras-Wahlberg became the first chairman of what quickly became one of Sweden’s largest equestrian clubs. The club’s most successful representative was Sven Colliander. He competed with the horse King in at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam and with Kål at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

More information can be found in the Folder (available only in Swedish).

Installation view