The Horse Rider's Journal

A FAIRYTALE HOME

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Surrounded by amazing nature and lots of horses. Danish photographer Jette Jørs finds inspiration in her little piece of paradise.
Photography JETTE JØRS Text CHRIS PEDERSEN/ The Horse Rider’s Journal No.5

For Danish photographer Jette Jørs, her home in the countryside, 20 minutes from Copenhagen, is a quiet sanctuary where she finds inspiration and bonds with her horses. Having lived there since 2005, Jette says that it was love at first sight when she and her husband Brian first saw the house. “We lived in the centre of Copenhagen, and I was longing for fresh air and a place where I could ride,” she says.
“There’s both a lake and a forest in the area, and a lot of the land is a preserved area, which means that there is a great variety of nature and animals. I love the sound of croaking frogs and song of the nightingales.”
The couple are not the only ones residing in the buildings. They share the farm with three other families, as well as a lot of horses.
Jette Jørs started riding when she was five, but studying and starting her career as a photographer in New York didn’t leave any time for her equestrian passion. That all changed on 9/11.
“Suddenly I felt an innate need to be with horses again,” she says, “so I moved back to Denmark and bought my beloved horse Trix, who is still here. I’m fascinated by the power of horses and the sense of trust and respect you need in order to truly connect with them. Riding is not only a matter of technique, but also a feeling of mutual devotion – and it’s important that what you ask of them they do of their own free will.”
She describes her home as a mixture of classic furniture from the Fifties and Sixties mixed with Moroccan rugs, which she has collected on her many journeys.
“Most of the colours come from nature, and I prefer materials such as wood, leather and stone because they’re organic materials that have a life of their own. It’s close to impossible to destroy, and it just gains patina over time. I don’t buy a lot of furniture, and I love the thought of my belongings being able to survive for hundreds of years.”
She also enjoys the garden, filled with a large variety of fragrant herbs and flowers. “It reflects the wild nature. I don’t like it to be too civilised,” she says. “In spring, the apple and cherry trees blossom along with mirabelle and magnolia trees. The air is thick with amazing scents – it’s like the Garden of Eden.”
Naturally, the beautiful surroundings have found their way into her world of photography: She has often used the area as a picturesque backdrop. And even though she describes the living room with the fireplace as her favourite spot in her home, she mostly finds herself outside maintaining the house or taking care of the horses. “There’s always something to do, living out here,” she says.
But it’s not all about practical work. “It’s a blessing to experience nature on horseback. I often ride at sunrise and you always see lots of animals like rabbits, deer and foxes. I enjoy listening to the different sounds, and I’ve even tried galloping through the snow in wintertime. The night was dark, and the moon was full. It was magical, almost like a fairytale.” •